Sweet Magnolias Season 3: Everything We Know So Far In 2023
Netflix’s hit series ‘Sweet Magnolias’ is set to return for its third season in Spring 2023. Based on Sherryl Woods’ novel, the feel-good show premiered in May 2020 and quickly became a fan favorite. The show’s official renewal was confirmed in May 2022, two months after the release of season 2.
Sweet Magnolias Season 3 Release Date
Production wrapped up on October 21st, 2022, according to the showrunner, Sheryl J. Anderson, who shared the news on Twitter. Post-production work typically takes between 6-9 months, meaning that the new season of ‘Sweet Magnolias’ is expected to arrive in Spring 2023, according to a press release from October 2022.
The show follows lifelong friends Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue as they navigate their relationships, family, and careers in the small Southern town of Serenity. The series has been compared to other feel-good shows like ‘Firefly Lane,’ ‘Virgin River,’ and ‘Ginny & Georgia.’
The new season will consist of 10 episodes, and filming took place in Covington and Atlanta, Georgia, where the previous seasons were filmed. The show’s star, Joanna Garcia Swisher, announced on Instagram that filming had begun in July 2022, and the show’s official page later confirmed the news.
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We’ve compiled a list of the episode titles, writers, and directors for season 3 of Sweet Magnolias, thanks to IMDb and the WGA. The season will consist of 10 episodes, each with a unique story to tell:
- 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
Joy T. Lane is also expected to direct an episode in season 3.
How Did Season 2 Perform?
Sweet Magnolias had a strong start when it premiered on Netflix, but according to Netflix’s top 10 data, it quickly tailed off in viewing. However, the arrival of season 2 saw an uptick in viewership to the first season. Season 1 recorded 21.64 million hours viewed between February 6th and February 13th.
Between January 30th and March 6th, 2022 (the first 30 days on the platform), season 2 clocked up an impressive 161,300,000 hours viewed globally. It remains to be seen if the trend will continue for season 3.
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What Can We Expect in Season 3?
Season 2 ended with a dramatic cliffhanger, leaving fans eager for more. The show’s creators have been tight-lipped about the plot details for season 3, but we can expect to see more of the same heartwarming, family-oriented drama that has made the show so popular.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer and showrunner Sheryl J. Anderson said, “We love these characters and this town, and we’re excited to tell more stories about them. We’ll explore some new themes and continue to delve into the complexities of the relationships between our characters.”
Season 2 ended with a lot of unanswered questions and unresolved storylines. Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue were mourning the loss of Miss Frances, while also dealing with the return of someone from their past. Additionally, viewers saw an unexpected event leading to Cal being arrested and Helen being proposed to by Ryan.
Anderson also revealed that the person who returned has come back to settle some scores and that we could potentially see the return of other “troublemakers” in the future. Anderson also said that the three-way dance between Dana Sue and her love interests will likely continue to be complicated.
The main cast of JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley will be returning for the third season. New faces will also join the cast, including Rachel Markarian, Jon Briddell, Jermaine Rivers, and Gail Everett-Smith.
Swisher teased the upcoming season in an interview, saying it will be “really interesting” and will “dive a bit deeper.” She also hinted that Cal and Maddie’s relationship will be explored further.
Despite the decline in viewership after the strong start of season 2, Sweet Magnolias has remained a beloved show among fans. And with the third season set to premiere, fans can’t wait to see what the writers and cast have in store for them.
So, are you excited to watch season 3 of Sweet Magnolias on Netflix? Get ready to dive deeper into the lives of Maddie, Helen, and Dana Sue, as the upcoming season promises to be just as exciting as the previous ones.