'Sweet Magnolias' Is Officially Coming Back for Season 2

Amanda Garrity
Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Good Housekeeping

  • Sweet Magnolias premiered on Netflix on May 19, and quickly became the most-watched show on the streaming platform.

  • The "cozy drama" follows three lifelong friends — played by JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliot, and Heather Headley — as they deal with the ups and downs of relationships, starting a new business, and raising children in Serenity, South Carolina.

  • Following a cliffhanger season 1 ending, Netflix confirmed that the show will return for season 2.

Once you take a (virtual) trip to Serenity, you'll never want to go anywhere else — at least that's how Sweet Magnolias fans feel. The show, which debuted on Netflix on May 19, quickly became a hit because, well, it's packed with feel-good vibes, family-friendly storylines, and small town charm. Weeks after the dramatic cliffhanger ending, Netflix confirmed that show will return for season 2. Although details are up in the air, here's everything we know about the second season of Sweet Magnolias.

When is the Sweet Magnolias season 2 release date?

Exciting news: Netflix confirmed that Sweet Magnolias is returning for another season! Keep in mind that filming won't start until it's safe to do so following the coronavirus outbreak. The show is filmed in Georgia, and Deadline reports that the film and TV productions in the Peach State will be affected by the ongoing health crisis.

What has the cast said about season 2?

Shortly after Netflix's announcement, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who plays Maddie, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, even teasing that season 2 will be packed with "hope, comfort, drama, and goodness."

It may not come as a surprise, but the entire Sweet Magnolias cast has been talking about season 2 long before Netflix broke the news. Heather Headley, who plays Helen, explained what she hopes to see in the coming season during an interview with The Sun: "I think it sets it up for season 2 for [viewers] to find out 'Why did you go away, why are you back, what's happening, why is he here, why is she here?' That kind of thing. I hope the world allows us to have a season 2."

Due to Bill's bombshell in the season 1 finale episode, actor Chris Klein was hopeful for another go-around. "I do believe it was always Dan Paulson and Sheryl J. Anderson's goal to move this beyond the season 1," he told The Sun prior to Netflix's announcement. "And I, for one, really, really hope that we get that opportunity. Selfishly because I want to see what happens to Bill Townsend." (Same.)

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Showrunner Sheryl J. Anderson knows that fans are "anxious to continue on," so she's "ready to go back in a hot second" once it's safe to do so. Once the current health crisis subsides, co-executive producer and director Norman Buckley plans to get back to business: "As we can meet again, we would go right into that [season 2]."

Will the entire Sweet Magnolias cast return for season 2?

All signs are pointing to yes. Until Netflix confirms more details about the show's future, it's unclear which members of the cast will come back. Based on everyone's positive reaction, it's safe to say that they're all on board for round two.

What will the second season be about?

Let's start with what fans already know: If Sweet Magnolias is picked up for another season, it'll address Kyle's condition after the car accident, as well as who else was in the car with him. Then it'll likely tackle everyone's top questions, including, but not limited to: Will Maddie take Bill back? Who are Isaac's birth parents? Is there hope for Helen and Erik? Will Ty and Annie ever get together? Is Noreen still in the picture?

Once the show addresses the top concerns in Serenity, JoAnna hopes to stir up even more drama with her character's new boyfriend, Cal. "For Maddie, I want her to have that moment that she’s blown up something really great with Cal. I’d like to see that journey and that honest moment for her to figure it out and to kind of let the dust settle a little bit," she told AfterBuzzTV.

Luckily, the show's writers have plenty of material to work with. The Netflix series is based off Sherryl Woods' books by the same name, and the author claims that the first season pulls from the first three books in the 11-book series. That means, there are eight more books for the writers to pull from — at least a couple more seasons then, right?


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