The countdown officially begins! Eighteen days from now, you will finally be able to catch up on what’s happening in the lives of your favorite BFFS. The newly released trailer of the third season does not fail to underscore the drama and romance that Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Helen (Heather Headley), and Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott) will tread on.
Over the course of time, Sweet Magnolias has proven to be one of the most mandatory weekend escapes. Ever since the second season premiered on Netflix, the fans of the show have been perched on the edge of their seats, waiting for its third installment to also drop on the streaming giant as soon as possible.
Based upon the titular novel series by Sheryl Woods, Sweet Magnolias premiered on Netflix in May 2020, followed by a second season that dropped on Netflix in 2022. Netflix series has diverged from the mainstream novel content and created a different tangent that is no less interesting and riveting than the novel.
For those unversed, Sweet Magnolias is centered around the life of three friends, Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue, who prove to be the moral support of each other as they struggle through life and its burdens in the Southern town of Serenity. The season 2 finale of Sweet Magnolias is quite sadistic, if we are allowed to say so since it leaves the viewers with multiple cliffhangers that have the potential to create completely different plot tangents. However, these tangents can only be unveiled in Sweet Magnolias season 3.
So, here’s a full scoop on Sweet Magnolias season 3, including its release date, cast, plot, spoilers, and more.
When was Sweet Magnolias officially renewed for a third season?
Sweet Magnolias was officially renewed for a third season in May 2022. According to official sources, the third season will reportedly constitute 10 episodes like its progenitors. The announcement was made by one of the writers on Sweet Magnolias Writers’ Twitter page, which said, “We’re going back to Serenity, y’all! We are so thrilled to share we have season 3 of Sweet Magnolias. Can’t wait to welcome y’all home.”
We're going back to Serenity, y'all! 🌸 We are so thrilled to share we have a Season 3 of Sweet Magnolias. Can't wait to welcome y'all home. pic.twitter.com/cHIyCp0XGt
— Sweet Magnolias Writers (@swtmagnoliaroom) May 4, 2022
What is the production status of Sweet Magnolias Season 3?
The filming of the third season took place in Covington and Atlanta in the state of Georgia in the United States. The updates on filming and production of the season were constantly shared by the cast and crew via Instagram. For instance, on July 1, the actor Joanna Garcia Swisher who will reprise her role in the third season, updated her fans regarding the eminent filming of the same by showcasing her newly dyed hair. The post was captioned with the following:
“‘Maddie’s’ lob is back 💇🏻♀️ Could only mean one thing… #sweetmagnoliasnetflix #season3”
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In July 2022, the official Sweet Magnolias page posted that they had begun filming for the third season on July 18, 2022. The post was captioned with the following:
“‘Shall we begin?’ So happy to be welcoming everyone home to Serenity for day one of filming Season 3 of Sweet Magnolias!”
On October 21, 2022, Sheryl Anderson confirmed that the show had wrapped filming. She officially tweeted:
“We finished filming Season 3 last night. It’s been a joy to spend another season in Serenity, working with, laughing with, and learning from amazing artists in the cast and crew. Our community made something beautiful for you. I’m grateful to them and excited for you to see it!!!”
As per the reports, Norman Buckley, who served as a director of numerous episodes of the show, is expected to direct again in the upcoming installment of Sweet Magnolias. Buckley continues to serve as the co-executive producer of the show. This brings us to ask one of the most anticipated questions…
What is the release date of Sweet Magnolias Season 3?
In May 2023, Netflix announced that all 10 episodes of this feel-good series would be available for streaming from July 20th, 2023, at 12:01 AMPST.
With that said, the official streaming service recently released the trailer of Sweet Magnolias season 3, and oh my my, is it enticing?
What to expect from Sweet Magnolias Season 3?
As previously mentioned, season 2 concludes on a note of high tension with pretty much all loose ends. Well, in doing that, it has not broken its tradition. Season 2 finale ends with Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue grieving the demise of Miss Frances (Cindy Karr), which is unexpectedly followed by a proposal and confrontation in the restaurant, with Cal being arrested for a crime that the viewers are yet to be enlightened upon. The third season will presumably take off from the decision that Helen made when she was proposed to by Ryan.
In conversation with TVLine, Sheryl J. Anderson throws light upon the way things are structured in the second season. In regards to Dana Sue’s slashed tires, Anderson comments:
“I will just say she has a past in common with our ladies and some other folks in town,” adding, “She’s been away for a while, but she has come back with an agenda. She has come home to settle some scores.”
She hinted at the return of Victoria and other “troublemakers” in the future as well. Not only that, but she also implied the continuation of Dana Sue’s three-way relationship, which happens to be at a standstill.
Speaking to Rama’s Screen in December 2022, Joanna Garcia Swisher revealed the tangent that the upcoming installment will possibly take, saying, “I think it’s going to be a really interesting season. It’s going to have all the things you love about it, but it’s also going to dive a bit deeper.” Talking about the future of Cal and Maddie’s relationship, Swisher responded, “That moment really sets off a journey individually for them that is really important and essential for them having a chance of being together.”
Here’s the official synopsis of Sweet Magnolias season 3:
“Following the brawl at Sullivan’s, Maddie wrestles with the best way to help Cal and works to clear her own emotional path. Helen faces difficult decisions about the men in her life. And Dana Sue searches for a way to use Miss Frances’ check to help the community, without upending her family. The identity of the tire slasher sends shockwaves through Serenity, the recall causes unexpected consequences, and there are romantic surprises in every generation. Throughout the season, the ladies tackle these problems — and all the complications they cause — with their trademark warmth, humor, and devotion to each other and those they love. And margaritas.”
While speaking to ET in February 2022, Swisher commented upon the watershed moments in season 2 and also shared her aspirations for the new season. She said:
“I had a little bit of time to process his anger management and you start to really see the trauma that’s experienced and how he’s so focused on [it]. I think that is heartbreaking to see. He clearly was defending me as a strange man is lurching at me on more than one occasion. It’s a huge public fight. He had every right; I believe any man in his position would feel wanting to control that situation, but then it’s so much more complicated because of his past and his current job security and what that is going to mean for them. It’s just so layered, it’s one of those things you’re like, ‘I wish that didn’t happen,’ and you’re just bummed out.”
In regard to season 3 and its drama, the actress acknowledged the interdependent relationship of the two. She said:
“At this point, I’m completely addicted to the drama. I’m like, ‘Bring it on. What else can we do?’ I just want all of it to be 10 times more insane and emotional. I tasted the other side, so let’s get crazy!” Swisher noted season 3 will likely pick up “close to where we left off, ’cause I don’t think you can come back months later and say, ‘Whatever happened with Helen?’ and ‘Is Justin in jail?’ Why not go big or go home?”
How many episodes will be there in Sweet Magnolias Season 3?
As mentioned previously, the third season of Sweet Magnolias will constitute 10 episodes. Below mentioned are all the details regarding each episode that has been released until now (via What’s on Netflix):
- Episode 301 – Written by: Sheryl J. Anderson
- Directed by: Norman Buckley
- Episode 302 – Written by: Caron Tschampion
- Directed by: Norman Buckley
- Episode 303 – “Searchers“ –Written by: Anthony Epling
- Episode 304 – “Be Bold” – Written by: Barret Helms
- Episode 305 – Written by: Shani Am. Moore
- Episode 306 – Teleplay by: Caron Tschampion
- Story by: Anthony Epling
- Episode 307 – Written by: Anthony Epling
- Episode 308 – “Beat Me at My Own Game”
- Written by: Shani Am. Moore
- Episode 309 – Written by: Barret Helms
- Episode 310 – Written by: Sheryl J. Anderson & Sara Jumel
- Directed by Mary Lou Belli
Who are the cast members of Sweet Magnolias Season 3?
Joanna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley are confirmed to reprise their roles in the third season as well. In addition to them, the below-mentioned cast members are also expected to make a return in the upcoming season:
- Logan Allen as Kyle Townsend
- Anneliese Judge as Annie Sullivan
- Carson Rowland as Ty Townsend
- Justin Bruening as Cal Maddox
- Chris Klein as Bill Townsend
- Jamie Lynn Spears as Noreen Fitzgibbons
- Dion Johnson as Erik Whitley
- Brandon Quinn as Ronnie Sullivan
Additionally, several new faces will also be joining the team of Sweet Magnolias. These include:
- Rachel Markarian as Wendy
- Jon Briddell as Jimmy
- Jermaine Rivers as Charles Perkins
- Gail Everett Smith as Rachel
Will there be Sweet Magnolias Season 4?
In conversation with Parade, JoAnna Garcia, who plays the role of Maddie, shared some of the greatest updates on the future of Sweet Magnolias. In addition to confirming that the third season of this dopamine-inducing drama is coming soon, the actress also revealed some updates regarding the fourth season when asked whether it is concretized or not. She said:
“Yeah, absolutely. I think it’ll be here before you know it. I don’t have a date to give you today, but I will soon, and I’m just so excited for Season 3. I think it shows a whole new feel and look. I mean, it’s the same sweet, beautiful Serenity with the same friendly faces and familiar faces, but it’s just digging a little bit deeper this year. It was really a fun season and it’s setting up—I’m just gonna manifest Season 4 because the story has to continue!”
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many seasons of Sweet Magnolias are there?
As of now, there are two seasons of Sweet Magnolias, which are available for streaming on Netflix. Not only that, but we are also expecting the third season to soon hit the Netflix library. Once the fans have access to it, we might also be able to share a word with you regarding season 4.
2. Do Annie and Tyler end up together in Sweet Magnolias Season 2?
Yes, Annie and Tyler do end up together in season 2 of Sweet Magnolias. Their romantic relationship is the nexus of the book Home in Carolina.
3. Why should I watch Sweet Magnolias?
One of the many reasons why Sweet Magnolias is so exponentially popular is because of its feel-good storyline. And that is also one of the major reasons why you should continue to watch it.