|Based on||Sweet Magnolias books|
by Sherryl Woods
|Developed by||Sheryl J. Anderson|
|Music by||James Jandrisch|
|Opening theme||"Destination" by Nickel Creek|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||43–54 minutes|
|Production company||Daniel L. Paulson Productions|
|Original release||May 19, 2020 –|
Sweet Magnolias is an American romantic drama streaming television series, developed by Sheryl J. Anderson and based on the Sweet Magnolias novels by Sherryl Woods. It stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, Heather Headley and Jamie Lynn Spears. The series premiered on Netflix on May 19, 2020. In July 2020, the series was renewed for a second season. The 10-episode second season premiered on February 4, 2022. In May 2022, the series was renewed for a third season.
Cast and characters
- JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend, a recently separated woman with three children in Serenity, South Carolina who is trying to get back in the workforce while going through a divorce with her husband, Bill. She is part of a friend group that calls themselves Sweet Magnolias.
- Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan, a chef, and owner of a restaurant called Sullivan's. She is Helen's and Maddie's best friend and part of the Sweet Magnolias
- Heather Headley as Helen Decatur, an accomplished attorney. She is Dana Sue's and Maddie's best friend, and one of the Sweet Magnolias. She bought a mansion which she converted into The Corner Spa with Maddie and Dana Sue
- Logan Allen as Kyle Townsend, Maddie and Bill's younger son who is a freshman at Serenity High School with a talent for acting. He had a crush on Annie, but later shows interest in Nellie Lewis
- Anneliese Judge as Annie Sullivan, Dana Sue's daughter. She is friends with the Townsend brothers and an avid photographer. She has a crush on Tyler, whom she kissed after having too much to drink at a party, and is oblivious to Kyle's feelings. Annie is pursued by Jackson, whom she later ends up dating.
- Carson Rowland as Tyler "Ty" Townsend, Maddie and Bill's eldest son who is a junior at Serenity High School and a star pitcher on his high school baseball team
- Justin Bruening as Cal Maddox, Ty's baseball coach and Maddie's new love interest. He is a former professional baseball player
- Chris Klein as Bill Townsend, Maddie's ex-husband and a family doctor at Serenity Family Physicians
- Jamie Lynn Spears as Noreen Fitzgibbons, Bill's pregnant fiancée, a medical assistant in his office who became his mistress[a]
- Dion Johnstone as Erik Whitley (season 2; recurring season 1), the sous chef at Sullivan's and a mentor to Isaac
- Brandon Quinn as Ronnie Sullivan (season 2; guest starring season 1), Dana Sue's estranged husband and Annie's father
- Chris Medlin as Isaac Downey, a member of the kitchen staff at Sullivan's. He recently moved to Serenity to find his birth father and mother. We later discover that his parents are Peggy and Bill
- Bianca Berry Tarantino as Katie Townsend, Maddie and Bill's only daughter and youngest child
- Frank Oakley III as Harlan Bixby, the assistant coach of Serenity High School baseball team
- Allison Gabriel as Mary Vaughn Lewis, the mayor's wife and adversary of the Sweet Magnolias
- Simone Lockhart as Nellie Lewis, Mary Vaughn's daughter. She has a crush on Kyle
- Brittany L. Smith as Peggy Martin
- Tracey Bonner as Pastor June Wilkes
- Charles Lawlor as Collins Littlefield
- Harlan Drum as Caroline "CeCe" Matney, Ty's love interest
- Sam Ashby as Jackson Lewis, Ty's baseball rival teammate and Mary Vaughn's son
- Hunter Burke as Trotter Vidhyarkorn, Cal's best friend who works at The Corner Spa as a yoga instructor
- Al-Jaleel Knox as Gabe Weatherspoon, Ty's best friend and baseball teammate
- Michael Shenefelt as Ryan Wingate, Helen's on-and-off boyfriend
- Michael May as Simon Spry, Annie's friend
- Caroline Lagerfelt as Paula Vreeland, Maddie's Mom
- Chase Anderson as Jeremy Reynolds, Dana Sue's suitor
|1||10||May 19, 2020|
|2||10||February 4, 2022|
Season 1 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Pour It Out"||Norman Buckley||Teleplay by : Sheryl J. Anderson||May 19, 2020|
|2||2||"A United Front"||Norman Buckley||Shelley Meals||May 19, 2020|
|3||3||"Give Drink to the Thirsty"||Kelli Williams||Anthony Epling||May 19, 2020|
|4||4||"Lay It All Down"||Kelli Williams||Francesca Butler||May 19, 2020|
|5||5||"Dance First, Think Later"||Norman Buckley||Caron Tschampion||May 19, 2020|
|6||6||"All Best Intentions"||Norman Buckley||Shelley Meals||May 19, 2020|
|7||7||"Hold My Hand"||Laura Nisbet Peters||Anthony Epling||May 19, 2020|
|8||8||"What Fools These Mortals Be"||Laura Nisbet Peters||Francesca Butler||May 19, 2020|
|9||9||"Where You Find Me"||Norman Buckley||Caron Tschampion||May 19, 2020|
|10||10||"Storms and Rainbows"||Norman Buckley||Sheryl J. Anderson||May 19, 2020|
Season 2 (2022)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|11||1||"Casseroles and Casualties"||Norman Buckley||Sheryl J. Anderson||February 4, 2022|
|12||2||"So Much to Say"||Norman Buckley||Anthony Epling||February 4, 2022|
|13||3||"The More Things Change"||Mykelti Williamson||Valerie C. Woods||February 4, 2022|
|14||4||"Walk of Faith"||Mykelti Williamson||Caron Tschampion||February 4, 2022|
|15||5||"Great Expectations"||Norman Buckley||Shani Am. Moore||February 4, 2022|
|16||6||"Find It in Your Heart"||Norman Buckley||Anthony Epling||February 4, 2022|
|17||7||"Fragile Things"||Yangzom Brauen||Valerie C. Woods||February 4, 2022|
|18||8||"The Rules of the Game"||Yangzom Brauen||Caron Tschampion||February 4, 2022|
|19||9||"Dear Heart"||Mary Lou Belli||Shani Am. Moore||February 4, 2022|
|20||10||"If Thou Wilt, Remember"||Mary Lou Belli||Sheryl J. Anderson||February 4, 2022|
On September 27, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was based on the Sweet Magnolias book series by Sherryl Woods and executive producers were expected to include Woods, Sheryl J. Anderson, and Dan Paulson. Anderson was also set to serve as the series' showrunner. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Daniel L. Paulson Productions. The series premiered on May 19, 2020. Norman Buckley directed six of the episodes and served as co-executive producer. On July 23, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which premiered on February 4, 2022. On May 4, 2022, Netflix renewed the series for a third season.
On May 20, 2019, Monica Potter, Brooke Elliott, and Heather Headley were announced as the leads. On July 1, 2019, it was reported that Chris Klein, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Justin Bruening had joined the cast as series regulars. On August 1, 2019, JoAnna Garcia Swisher was cast as Maddie Townsend, replacing Potter who was originally cast as the lead. On May 4, 2021, Dion Johnstone and Brandon Quinn were promoted to series regulars for second season.
Principal photography for the series began on July 8, 2019 in Covington, Georgia. The second season began filming in April 2021 and wrapped up in July 2021. Season 3 began filming in July 2022.
In its first 30-days on Netflix, season 2 was watched globally on Netflix for 161.3 million hours.
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