‘Human vs Hamster,’ One of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network Family-Friendly Shows to Premiere on HBO Max

The new shows are described as being “ambitious large-scale competitions” and “out-of-the-box social experiments.”

One of the new shows, titled Second Chance Stage, will give contestants a chance to fulfill dreams they may have put aside, while Roller Jam will feature top roller-skating crews competing to win the title of “America’s best roller dancing team.”

The new show, Back to the Frontier, will feature families who choose to leave modern life behind and live an 1800s pioneer lifestyle, but Human vs. Hamster is stirring up the most attention. The show will feature humans facing off against hamsters in “scaled games of strength, smarts, and agility.”

“Our hope for this network has always been to give families the opportunity to watch authentic, thoughtful storytelling together, so we are thrilled to offer Max a new expansion of this vision,” said the Gaineses. “These shows will celebrate second chances, risk-taking, imagination, perseverance, and family connection, with many more ideas to come.”

The shows are expected to premiere in 2024.

“We’re excited to unveil a fun and broad slate of new shows intended to bring families together for engaging, playful, and inspiring co-viewing experiences,” said Allison Page, President of Magnolia Network. “We recognized a white space in Max for fun, family-friendly content with unique formats and imaginative competition shows. We seized the opportunity to use our storytelling expertise to help bring these concepts to life and are thrilled to partner with Max to build a content offering the whole family will love.”

Magnolia Network is launching Fixer Upper: The Hotel this monthfeaturing Chip and Joanna rebuilding and designing a Waco, Texas, boutique hotel.

“When you think about a 50,000 square-foot hotel remodel, this is the big leagues, and this is what you dream about. Jo and I are out of our element to some extent, but I think we are up for the challenge,” Chip said in a trailer for the show.

“For us, this project represents everything we are most passionate about — hospitality, restoration, and home,’ the pair continued. 

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

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