Sweet Magnolias is the American drama series Created by Sheryl J Anderson. The series is based on the novel named Sweet Magnolias written by Sherryl Woods. The series stars Brooke Elliott, Jamie Lynn Spears, Heather Headly, and JoAnn Gracia Swisher. Sweet Magnolias follows three women from South Carolina from their childhood to their youth, and their influence on each other’s lives as they go through complex life decisions related to their romance, family, and career.
The show was announced in September 2018 when Netflix ordered the production for the first season. The first season consisted of ten episodes. The series was based on the best-selling book by the same name. The executive production team also includes Woods, Dan Paulson, and Sheryl J. Anderson. Whereas Anderson also served as the series showrunner. The first season premiered on the 19th of May 2020. Norman Buckley was responsible for directing a total of six episodes and also served as the co-executive producer.
On 23rd July 2020, after the successful run of the first season, Netflix renewed the series for a second season. Brooke Elliott and Monica Potter, and Heather Headley were cast for the lead role for the first season. In addition, Dion Johnstone and Brandon Quinn are being promoted as series regulars for the second season.
Sweet Magnolias story so far
The series starts with the divorce settlement of Maddie Townsend, played by Joanna Gracia Fisher, and her husband Bill, played by Chris Klien. Chris, a physician in Serenity’s town, leaves Maddie and her kids for Noreen Fitzgibbons. The divorce devasted Maddie at first, but her best friends Helen Decatur, played by Heather Headley, who was also Maddie’s legal representative and is a severe layer.
And her other best friend, Dana Sue, played by Brooke Elliot, is the head chef and the famous restaurant Sullivans. This trio of friends calls themselves the Sweet Magnolias. The trio used to have margarita parties at each other’s houses, where they used to pour each other’s hearts out They used to talk about their careers, their families, and their relationships.
Maddie has her plates full with her legalities over her divorce from her husband. And also, she has to take care of her three kids who are finding the separation hard, especially Tyler, her 16-year-old seems to have been taken the hardest. On the other hand, Dana is balancing her life between long hours at her job while managing her staff. And her daughter Annie’s health, whom she is raising as a single parent.
On the other hand, Helen is trying her best to start her own family while balancing her legal carrier and working towards her passion project. This passion project is what will bring the three closer to each other. Helen buys a mansion in Serenity and is working hard to turn it into a women’s spa while the two others pitch in. All the while keeping their own lives on track.
Season 2, Cast and expected plot
Season two of this drama series was announced on 23rd July 2020. With roughly two months after the first season ended. Talking about the cast, we already have an idea about who we may see returning. As the second season is a continuation of the first season, most of the original cast will return for their roles. Not only that but some of the cast members from the first season have also been promoted as regulars.
Some of the promoted cast members are the lead trio, namely Heather Headley as Helen Decatur, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend, and Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan. Other cast members include Justin Bruening as Cal, Carson Rowland as Ty, Chris Klein as Bil Townsend. Logan Allen is playing the role of Kyle and Anneliese Judge as Annie. In addition, some other cast members like Jamie Lynn Spears, Dion Johnstone, and Brandon Quinn have been re-casted.
As we know that in the first season, the story follows the lives of three friends from the laid-back town of Serenity. Through the course of the season as the stories and anecdotes of the lives slowly get the viewers. As the finale approaches, the character of Bill Townsend drops a bomb. And that takes us by surprise. Whereas Dana Sue let her wishes of separation known to Ronnie. However, in the end, we have seen Bill getting a distressed call. And he finds the kids in an accident whole Kyle was rescued, but the driver was still unrecognized.
The second season will hopefully resume the story from where it ended. As the first season ended in a cliffhanger, fans are hoping to find the driver’s identity and also to see the destiny of Kyle. However, the primary revelation of the season will be to know whether they are alive or dead. The second season will also shed some light on the actual parents of Isaac. With Cal out of the picture Maddie will indeed have to look upon her situation and have to find a definite answer. Then there is also the question of Ty and Annie, and if they will be together, or they will move on their separate lanes. The upcoming season will answer many unanswered questions in the first season.
Sweet Magnolias starts with a slow pace, and as the series goes on, it develops and engulfs its viewers in a strong bond of emotions. The characters set in a mind-blowing manner. The first season was premiered in its entirety on the 29th of May 2020 on Netflix. And the show episodes have a run time of 43 to 52 minutes.
However, there is no confirmed official release date for the second season. But With Principal Photography for the upcoming season begging from the April of 2021. A co-actor for the series Chase Anderson also shared a post on his Instagram account stating that the most awaited season 2 has been completed in the mid of July 2021. Even though the filming for the season has ended, we all know that the post-production process takes about a month or two to complete. So keeping everything in mind, it is safe to assume that season 2 will be releasing sometime in the first quarter of 2022.
This guilty pleasure and romantic drama series, based on the famous novel by Sherryl Woods. Is it no doubt one of the best series in its category. The story develops slowly and steadily and that captivates its viewers till the end while leaving them wanting for more. And if you have read the book, then the series will surely be a treat for you.