New season of Curtis Stone’s Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s gets trailer

Film-maker Xavier Dolan and tennis star herself will discuss their basketball rivalry at the start of a six-part series Netflix has released a trailer for the second season of its acclaimed documentary series, Welcome…

New season of Curtis Stone's Welcome to Sweetie Pie's gets trailer

Film-maker Xavier Dolan and tennis star herself will discuss their basketball rivalry at the start of a six-part series

Netflix has released a trailer for the second season of its acclaimed documentary series, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, which will be accompanied by an upcoming episode about Naomi Osaka, the rising tennis star from Japan.

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Hosted by chef and former basketball player Curtis Stone, the new season premieres on 15 July, with Stone travelling to New Orleans to shoot six episodes. Produced by Netflix and hosted by Stone, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s will look back at the life of the town’s main landmark, Sweetie Pie’s restaurant.

Stone will take viewers through the stories of the characters “who have built Sweetie Pie’s, and the visitors that have come, bringing with them their own stories and families”.

Naomi Osaka reacts after winning her first WTA Tour match. Photograph: Morry Gash/AP

It comes a few months after the show – which follows Stone’s turn as host on the third season of the Paris Masters tennis tournament – debuted to mixed reviews. Some, like the Guardian’s Jason Burke, called it “essential viewing”, and praised Stone’s “sharp and entertaining interviews”, while the Guardian’s Alex Needham deemed it “vague, unsatisfying and indulgent”, but argued that “these episodes, hosted by Stone, are what the series is made of”.

Naomi Osaka. Photograph: Nick Laham/Getty Images

One interesting aspect of the current season of the show is the reconciliation between Stone and Naomi Osaka – who has been accused of having an ethnic slur shouted at her during a press conference earlier this year – after an argument over what Stone meant when he said “Naomi used to love me”.

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“Naomi, you used to love me,” Stone said in an episode when she told the 19-year-old the news that her parents wanted to throw a party for her and her sister Madison.

“Now I’m really dating Curtis,” she said. “The problem is I’m dating Jeremy.”

Osaka defended herself, saying she did not find the idea funny. “You like me? I never heard that from a voice. When you say you want to hug me, it’s a funny voice. You like me like I’m a friend. You want to hug me?”

Turns out, after a brief yet acrimonious struggle, they are now close friends, and Osaka will feature in this year’s season finale.

The date and episode title of the second season of Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s will be announced later this month.

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