Welcome to Wrexham season two was definitely an unscripted documentary series that went above and beyond expectation. A surface peg that belied a, sometimes literally, kick-@#$ journey.
Following season 1 closely, the series explored the real-life story of Hollywood actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds as they stepped into the world of sports ownership with an incredibly absurd lack of experience owning a foreign football team. As I reviewed those episodes, what stuck to my mind as compelling, wasn’t so much the tribulations the two Hollywood comedians underwent as they learned on the job.
But rather, it was how the townspeople of Wrexham continually persevered, making their local team survive. The nature of the elevating drama and the crushing defeats that make being a fan a rollercoaster ride was intense.
After the dust of season 1 has settled, the series has since received 6 Emmy Award nominations, including one for, “Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.” Season 2 of Welcome to Wrexham is again, poised to take us behind the drama of the football pitch.
Season 2 sneak peek of Welcome to Wrexham
In the trailer for the new season, which premiered September 12, the Hollywood owners continue to grapple with the intricacies of a sport and industry entirely foreign to them, as well as the newfound global fame of the club. Despite a close and dramatic contention in the finals, Wrexham are unfortunately back where they began the first series: still in the National League.
The big difference is that, with the popularity of the series, there are now international fans and sponsors aplenty. Portuguese, Brazilian, Thai, Australian, Canadian and even American fans have been going to North Wales, hoping to catch glimpses of the featured players like Paul Mullin and Ollie Palmer, as much as they come to see the games.
The series is still a continuing up-close-and-personal look at this transformative journey, but the movie star owners must now also deal with things like preparing for a royal visit. As seen in the trailer, the recently-anointed King Charles III has expressed their desire to call on the Hollywood stars.
Obviously, the impact on the community has been real, as well as overwhelmingly positive. Can Reynolds and McElhenney make another run and finally take the historic British football club on the brink of extinction to a successful bid for promotion?
New episodes of Welcome to Wrexham are now available on Hulu.