Maine Cabin Masters Season 9: The children of Chip and Joanna Gaines may be responsible for the revival of Maine Cabin Masters. The Fixer Upper cast chose to keep the rustic renovation series on the air when the DIY Network went dark in January 2022 so that they could launch their network.
They told Cabin Masters star Chase Morrill one reason why, and it involved the lack of a television in the house: “They said, ‘It’s funny, we don’t own a TV, but every time we pick the kids up from their grandparents, we ask them what they were doing. He tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that they remind him of “Watching Maine Cabin Masters.”
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As much as Morrill is happy to have found “a home” for the show on the Magnolia Network, he and his charmingly rough-around-the-edges crew (which includes his decorator sister Ashley Morrill, her husband Ryan Eldridge, and their childhood friends Matt “Dixie” Dix and Jared “Jedi” Baker) joke that they aren’t sure how well they fit in with their more polished peers.
Ashley jokes, “They’re more like dandelions.” The show, now in its seventh season, follows its stars as they repair rundown family “camps,” (as vacation cabins are known in the region), often in inaccessible locations and dangerous weather.
In the early days of the pandemic lockdown, it was a fan favorite to watch in one sitting as people fantasized about escaping to a remote cabin in the woods of central Maine, much like the one depicted in the show.
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With over 10.2 million viewers in 2020, Cabin Masters was the most popular DIY Network series. (While filming Season 2, Magnolia Network is airing the series’ greatest hits.) More than three thousand people are on the waiting list at the stars’ company, Kennebec Cabin Company, to have their homes renovated.
Ryan says, “It still doesn’t seem real.” It’s a lot, as they say. Manchester, Oregon (about an hour north of Portland), home to the show’s stars, has become a tourist destination thanks to the show’s success, drawing comparisons to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas.
The Wood Shed bar in the back welcomes both locals and fans from all over the country, and the adjacent Kennebec Cabin Company store sells items made in the area that have been featured on the show.
There seems to be an increase in the number of eating establishments. Work is currently underway to renovate the local movie theatre. That’s changing a lot, and I’m glad to have contributed to that change,” says Ryan.
A recent tourist reportedly said that the unusual public figures are the best form of advertising for their state. Ashley claims, “People tell us they moved here just because of the show.” An incredible chance has been presented to us.
We are very appreciative, especially after learning of the positive effects it has had on some local businesses and the new opportunities it has given us to better serve our staff. Chase agrees, saying, “It’s genuine too.” This is our home, and that’s why we’re all here.
Each one of us was born and raised in this area. We love it here and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, so it’s important to us to share its splendor with others. At 9 o’clock on Monday nights, tune in to Magnolia Network for an episode of “Maine Cabin Masters.”