NETFLIX released season 1 of its small-town drama, Sweet Magnolias, on Tuesday, and some fans have already finished binge-watching and are wondering about a season 2.
Though the streaming service hasn’t decided if it will be renewed or canceled yet, the show’s cast and executive producers shared with The Sun their thoughts on a possible second season and what they’d want from it.
Sweet Magnolias, based on Sherryl Woods’ book series of the same name, follows three women and best friends as they navigate their careers, romances and families in the small town of Serenity.
The question of if there be a season 2 of Sweet Magnolias is ultimately up to Netflix to answer, but those closest to the romantic drama have some thoughts.
The first season just released on Tuesday, and while showrunner Sheryl J. Anderson shies away from using the word “confident” when it comes to renewals, she truly hopes the series gets another season to continue its story “about redemption.”
She told The Sun viewers will be happy with where the characters’ storylines land by the season 1 finale, aka episode 10, and won’t feel “cheated.”
Still, there will be quite a bit left open or stories just beginning she feels fans will be “anxious to [see] continue on.”
Sheryl would be “ready to go back in a hot second” to start on a season 2 if Neflix renewed Sweet Magnolias for more episode.
She shared: “I would love to continue this story because I love the characters, I love our cast and crew.”
The showrunner isn’t the only one.
Co-executive producer and director Norman Buckley said the first season “definitely” sets things up for more, and he really hopes they get the chance to bring these characters back to continue telling these Serenity stories.
He told The Sun: “My hope would be that as soon as we can meet again, we would go right into that. Once everything opens up.
“…I don't know how Netflix makes their decisions, but it definitely would be good if we got a second season.”
Star Chris Klein, who plays pediatrician Bill Townsend, noted how Sherryl Woods’ series is “so vast that there's always an opportunity to take this further.”
He added: “I do believe it was always [EP] Dan Paulson and Sheryl J. Anderson's goal to move this beyond the season 1.
“And the way that the story fills out and fleshes out, we could definitely pick it up and tell more of these characters' stories.
“And I, for one, really, really hope that we get that opportunity. Selfishly because I want to see what happens to Bill Townsend.”
Though Chris said Sheryl “will come up with something way better than” he could for where Bill would go next, he shared he just wants to “grow and discover” the character more, especially with how they leave him in the finale.
Noreen actress Jamie Lynn Spears has her “fingers crossed” for another season, but she’s already started to think about where she wants her character to go.
For one, she joked with The Sun that she wants to ask the EPs if her character can be pregnant again because it was “nice” getting to wear the belly.
The Zoey 101 alum explained: “I didn't have to suck in in any of the scenes, I just had a big 'ol belly there. It was like, 'Oh, I'm not bloated, it's just the belly.’
In all seriousness, though, Jamie Lynn said she wants to see what happens next for Noreen after her “very open-ended” season 1 storyline.
She said: “She leaves you wondering, 'OK, what is she going to do?'
“…I do think it leaves you with a sense of wondering what is going to happen. And I definitely know my character leaves on, I believe, a high note for herself.
“But it leaves a lot of doors open, and hopefully we'll have a season 2 to figure out where it all leads us because I would be so excited to see where Noreen goes in season 2.
She hopes the nurse will “come into her own as an independent [woman and be a] bit more self-sufficient,” especially since she’s “so young” and doesn’t need to have the “traditional family” she’s always thought she needed to have.
As for Heather Headley, who plays Helen, she thinks “there will be a season 2,” just because these first 10 episodes do a good job of setting everything up but then the next batch of episodes would really dive deeper.
She told The Sun: “I think it sets it up for season 2 for [viewers] to find out 'Why did you go away, why are you back, what's happening, why is he here, why is she here?' That kind of thing. I hope the world allows us to have a season 2.”
For her character specifically, Heather said “it would be interesting to see where she blossoms, how she blossoms, why certain things happen and how she addresses those things.”
As a Tony and Grammy winner, she said she’s also trying to figure out if her character is a good singer, and since she didn’t show off her pipes in season 1, she might have to figure that out down the road.
Heather said: “I'm trying to figure out if lawyers can be professional singers or if she's a karaoke singer, a margarita singer?
And if there’s a karaoke night with Helen and her two best friends — Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott), “Does she just kind of break into opera or will it be a kind of margarita song?”
She joked that “maybe they'll do something from The Lion King,” a Broadway musical in which she originated the role of Nala in 1997.
As season 1 of Sweet Magnolias just dropped on Netflix on Tuesday, the streaming service will likely wait to see how the show fares before decided to either renew or cancel the series.
Everyone can check out all 10 episodes of the show now, and then make their own assumptions about what’s to come in a possible season 2 as they await the platform’s decision.
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