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Sweet Magnolias Season 3: Latest News, Release Date, and Everything Else to Know

A Fresh Prince alum is joining the mix

Dalene Rovenstine

It's almost time to get back to Serenity. Netflix's hit romantic drama Sweet Magnolias is set to return very soon, catching us up with childhood best friends Maddie Townsend (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue Sullivan (Brooke Elliott), and Helen Decatur (Heather Headley). 

While we wait to find out what's new with the ladies, here's everything we know about Sweet Magnolias Season 3, including the trailer, casting updates, and what the season will be about.

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Heather Headley, Sweet Magnolias

JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Heather Headley, Sweet Magnolias


Sweet Magnolias Season 3 latest news

On July 6, Netflix announced that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum Janet Hubert is joining Season 3 in a guest role. She's set to play Helen's mother, Bev Decatur, who Helen visits in Florida during a moment of crisis.

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 trailer

The official trailer for Sweet Magnolias Season 3 was released on June 30. "New relationships and new challenges are good for the soul," Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) says. Can't argue with that!

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 release date

On May 25, Netflix revealed the long-awaited release date for Sweet Magnolias Season 3: July 20, 2023. Expect all 10 episodes to drop that day. 

What will Sweet Magnolias Season 3 be about?

The official Season 3 logline from Netflix: "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."

A Sweet Magnolias Season 3 trailer hasn't been released yet, but we're sure that the show will pick up answering the Season 2 cliffhangers: Who is the mysterious woman, Kathy, who slashed the Sullivan's van's tires? What does the arrest and firing as coach mean for Cal — and for his relationship with Maddie? And what will Helen say about Ryan's proposal?

Anderson spoke with EW in February 2022 (before the series had been renewed for Season 3) about Helen's dilemma of a marriage proposal from Ryan while she's with Erik. "If we're fortunate enough to have a season 3, that will be one of the chief topics at the beginning of the writers room," she said. 

The showrunner also added that "Kathy has a past in Serenity and an agenda for the present that will impact everybody's future."

But, that isn't the only thing new we'll be seeing. "I think [Season 3] shows a whole new feel and look," Garcia Swisher told Parade. "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."

Sweet Magnolias Season 3 cast

The gang will be back for Season 3, including the main three — Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue Sullivan (Brooke Elliott), and Helen Decatur (Heather Headley).

In July, Netflix announced that Janet Hubert will join the cast in a guest role, playing Bev, Helen's mother.

Sweet Magnolias main cast

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Where to watch Sweet Magnolias

Sweet Magnolias is available to stream on Netflix.