Sweet Magnolias premiered on Netflix last May, 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, which won't be released until 2022.
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 last May, quickly became a hit all because of its 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: Sweet Magnolias is back for another season! Although shooting started in mid-March, Netflix announced that season 2 won't be released until 2022, more than a year after the show's initial release.
Several members of the cast have posted photos on Instagram, teasing fans about what's to come in the new season. Joanna Garcia Swisher posted on Instagram, telling fans that she doesn't have any spoilers "but even if I did I promise it will be worth the wait."
Jamie Lynn Spears also posted a picture, announcing that she's returning as Noreen.
Heather Headley gave fans a glimpse of the Sweet Magnolias trio back in action.
What has the cast said about season 2?
Shortly after Netflix's announcement, JoAnna, 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.)
Shortly after Sweet Magnolias resumed filming season 2, JoAnna spoke about what's on deck — but continued to keep things pretty vague. "Last year, you really got to know the characters and laid out the stories and we really dug into the meat and the potatoes of the three [women], where we are in our lives. Well, this year it's like, 'Honey, we're juggling. All of us are juggling.' There's a few more storylines happening to each of us," she told ET.
When asked about how the show will address Kyle's car crash, she stayed coy about the specifics, but pointed out that this moment is turning point in Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue's friendship. "I think you see the depths of the realness of our friendship and the history and that we are all raising our children side by side, but we all are on our own journeys just naturally as life. You will see all of that," she continued. Everything — the trio's connection, life in Serenity, the season 2 storyline — is "super human and super special and super real," according to JoAnna.
Will the entire Sweet Magnolias cast return for season 2?
All signs are pointing to yes. Deadline even reported that Jamie Lynn Spears (Noreen), Dion Johnstone (Erik, the sous chef at Sullivan's Restaurant) and Brandon Quinn (Ronnie, Dana Sue's estranged husband) have been bumped up to series regulars for season 2.
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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