JoAnna Garcia Swisher will replace Monica Potter as the lead of Netflix’s upcoming romantic drama “Sweet Magnolias,” a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday.
Swisher joins previously announced stars Brooke Elliott (“Drop Dead Diva”) and Heather Headley (“Chicago Med’s”) on the 10-episode show, which is based on a book series by Sherryl Woods about three women who have been best friends since childhood in the fictional charming small town of Serenity, South Carolina. Jamie Lynn Spears was also cast on the drama.
The “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” alum will play Maddie Townsend (the role was originally given to Potter), who Netflix describes as “a low-key but resolute, warm and loving woman with a vocabulary like Southern poetry. She finds herself at a crossroads in her life and her best friends are trying desperately to convince her that now is the time for reinvention.”
Sheryl J. Anderson will serve as showrunner and executive producer along with Dan Paulson. Norman Buckley will serve as co-executive producer and direct six episodes of the series. Woods will also executive produce.
“Sweet Magnolias” was ordered to series by Netflix last September, as the streaming service also picked up another romance drama, “Virgin River,” an adaptation of the Harlequin book series penned by author Robyn Carr.