Netflix Reveals Release Dates for a Ton of Shows, But Leaves ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Fans Hanging

Netflix’s Tudum event was a bust for Sweet Magnolias fans. On Sept. 25, the streaming service announced release dates and revealed teasers for many upcoming shows, including Stranger Things Season 4, Emily in Paris Season 2, and Bridgerton Season 2. But those who were hoping they might get more info about Sweet Magnolias Season 2 were left disappointed. 

Filming has wrapped on ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Season 2 

Helen, Maddie, and Dana Sue in church in 'Sweet Magnolias' Season 1
[L-R] Heather Headley as Helen Decatur, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend, and Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue in ‘Sweet Magnolias’ | ELIZA MORSE/NETFLIX © 2020

Netflix announced that it had renewed Sweet Magnolias not long after the first season dropped in May 2020. Production on the new episodes of the show — which stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Heather Headley, Brooke Elliott, and Jamie Lynn Spears — began in the spring of 2021. Filming wrapped in July 2021, Swisher revealed in an Instagram post. 

“Bittersweet feelings because I’m going to miss this group so much,” wrote the actor, who plays divorced mom Maddie Townsend on the show. “But I’m so proud and EXCITED for all of you to see what we have been cooking up in Serenity and can’t wait for this dream team of a cast and crew to (hopefully!) be reunited ASAP to continue the journey!”

New episodes of ‘Sweet Magnolias’ may arrive in 2022

Unfortunately, there was no news about Sweet Magnolias Season 2 at the Tudum event. However, Deadline has reported that the new episodes of the adaptation of Sherryl Woods’ best-selling novels will likely arrive on Netflix sometime in 2022. 

“I think it’s going to happen sooner than later, we’re not going to be waiting years,” Swisher said of season 2’s release date in a recent interview with People. “And I think it’ll be worth the wait.”

Fans should brace themselves for drama when the show does return, Swisher recently told Showbiz Cheat Sheet

“I can’t say much but I can say it’s going to be a wild ride, so hold onto your hat,” she said. “It’s like pedal to the metal. No joke, season 2, yes, there are some incredible lighthearted, beautiful moments and love stories and great blessings, but it’s a lot. It’s juicy. It was fun to do.”

The car accident aftermath is ‘dramatic,’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher says

Maddie reacts after Kyle's car crash
[L-R] Chris Klein as Bill Townsend, Heather Headley as Helen Decatur, Brandon Quinn as Ronnie Sullivan, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend and Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue in ‘Sweet Magnolias’ | ELIZA MORSE/NETFLIX © 2020
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‘Sweet Magnolias’ Season 2: Maddie Has ‘Some Stuff Happening to Her,’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher Teases

In her interview with People, Swisher also touched on that big season 1 cliffhanger. In the finale, Maddie’s son Kyle (Logan Allen) crashed his older brother’s car after the two had a fight. Kyle was pulled from the wreck and taken to the hospital. But there was a second, unidentified passenger in the car with him. That person’s fate is unknown. 

The consequences of the car accident will definitely be explored in Sweet Magnolias Season 2, Swisher teased. The aftermath of Kyle’s crash “is one of the many highly dramatic moments of season 2,” she said. 

Sweet Magnolias Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. 

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