FX’s critically acclaimed Welcome to Wrexham docuseries is returning for Season 2! And fans are more than ready for another exciting season on the field!
Here’s everything we know so far about Welcome to Wrexham Season 2, which premieres on September 12, 2023!
What Is Welcome to Wrexham About?
Welcome to Wrexham takes viewers into northern Wales, with Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as the two actors venture into sports ownership. Reynolds and McElhenney acquired the world’s third-oldest professional football club, a move that received mixed reactions. Both Reynolds and McElhenney move forward to revive the football club’s glory after suffering a lot of losses outside the English Football League for so long.
The docuseries received six Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series.
Since acquiring the team, McElhenney and Reynolds faced several challenges, as shown in the first season. This included convincing two star players and getting executives to invest in the team. An incident that unfolded during the club’s first home game under their ownership led to a police investigation. The incident also put the spotlight on football hooliganism.
The finale of season one documented the team’s 5-4 defeat against Grimsby Town in the promotion playoff semi-final. This marked the team’s fourth time in failing to reach the National League playoffs.
“If you’re just reading the headlines, you probably think, ‘Oh this show is going to be funny,’” said Reynolds in an interview with Variety in June 2023. “It’s gonna be a fish-out-of-water story about two schmucky showbiz morons going in, falling on their asses, learning as they go. But the show literally does not center us. It centers the town.”
Welcome to Wrexham Season 2 News
Welcome to Wrexham was renewed for a second season, not long after the season one finale. McElhenney confirmed that Season 2 was underway at the time in a post on Twitter (now X).
“Season two will return next year,” said the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star. “I have a clause in my contract that stipulates I will not do anything less than 16 seasons of a TV show.”
The trailer for Welcome to Wrexham Season 2 showed a glimpse into the impact that Reynolds and McElhenney had on the town after acquiring the team. Their star power certainly helped the team’s reputation both on a local and international scale. This newfound popularity was to the extent that even King Charles himself visited the Racecourse Ground to check out the team. However, this increased investment in the team comes with a cost, fueling the motivation to get promoted into the English Football League system.
Should they succeed, they might have a chance to increase their revenue streams.
The team also announced its plans for a 2023-2024 pre-season tour that will take place in the United States. The tour will include matches against Manchester United and Chelsea.
Who’s in Welcome to Wrexham
The docuseries follows Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Reynolds is most known for playing the titular mercenary Deadpool in the Marvel films. Reynolds will return to reprise the “Merc with a mouth” in Deadpool 3.
McElhenney is known for co-creating and starring in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where he plays Ronald “Mac” McDonald. He will be returning to reprise his role in the show’s 16th season.
The two actors serve as the docuseries’ executive producers. Also executive producing are Josh Drisko, Bryan Rowland, Jeff Luini, Nicholas Frenkel, and George Dewey. The team of Boardwalk Pictures: Andrew Fried, Alan Bloom, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma, and Jordan Wynn are also executive producing. Boardwalk Pictures is producing the series, and Maximum Effort, the film company co-founded by Reynolds.
When it came to focusing on certain people, McElhenney said that the field producers from Boardwalk Pictures took on the challenge. The actor said they “started walking around and asking questions. And they approached it the way journalists might, talking to people and digging into the town and its love for this club.”
“They were bursting from the ground and falling from the trees everywhere you looked. We didn’t have enough time to cover all of them. That’s always the wonderful thing about doing a docuseries, is that your job is just to listen. You can either jam something into your pre-existing vision or you can listen and allow it to become what it’s meant to become. Thankfully we did the latter. Ultimately, we got very lucky because even if you’re not rooting for Rob or Ryan, it’s pretty hard not to root for this town.”
What to Expect for Season 2
The official synopsis for Welcome to Wrexham Season 2 reads:
“In 2020, Rob and Ryan teamed up to purchase the 5th-tier Red Dragons in the hopes of turning the club into an underdog story the whole world could root for. The world took notice and change is afoot. After a painful elimination in the playoffs, season two continues to track the club as they fight for promotion out of the National League and return to the English Football League. Dedicated staff and supporters hold on to the dream of returning the team and town to glory while bracing for the newfound challenges that fame has brought to their small community.”
Welcome to Wrexham Season 2 will follow the club in the 2022-2023 football season.
Wrexham was promoted out of the National League into the EFL League Two in the 2022-2023 season. Celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Will Ferrell, and Paul Rudd have made appearances in the docuseries. The football season finished in May 2023 and featured a good ending for the docuseries.
“There’s a certain specific kind of hope that comes from unity, and the unification of a community, and football ultimately becomes kind of a metaphor for that larger thing,” said McElhenney in the interview.
Welcome to Wrexham Season 2 Release Date
Fans of the docuseries won’t have to wait much longer as its second season is just around the corner. Welcome to Wrexham Season 2 will premiere on Wednesday, September 12, 2023, on FX. All episodes will be available to watch on Hulu in the US. For international viewers, the show will be available on Disney+.
The first season is available to rewatch on the streaming platform.