The popular, Atlanta-based series Married to Medicine wrapped season 1 last May. So far, there’s been no official word from Bravo about the prospects of a second season. With 4 months already having passed since the reunion aired, we decided it was about time to do a little digging and see what we could find out about the future for M2M.
Typically, Bravo announces that they’ve greenlit a second season immediately after season 1 wraps (ex: Below Deck). This makes sense because it takes advantage of all the hype surrounding the end of a popular season and gives viewers something to look forward to. Now, Married to Medicine was a pretty popular series. In fact, the series premiere garnered more viewers than ANY non-spinoff show in Bravo’s illustrious history. This could be due, in part, to the overall success the network is currently enjoying but still, it seems like something the execs would want to do again, right? Hmm…not sure what the delayed announcement is about if, in fact, we can expect a second season. But, signs still point to yes at this point and here’s why:
The show’s creator, star, co-producer and “queen bee” Mariah Huq sure seems to think it’s happening. Upon wrapping season 1, she had this to say:
“Season two is very likely. [Featuring] the same six ladies [however] is very very unlikely. #catch”
Sounds like she’s planning on some re-casting. She also had this to say on her Bravo blog:
“Every circle starts at a specific point and ends at the same place. It was fitting that the last gathering took place at my home since that is where this journey begun. While some may not like it, best believe that I’m not going anywhere! And I’m not going to allow two bad apples to ruin the whole bunch. I’d much prefer to throw out the rotten ones and go pick new, ripe, shiny apples with A LOT more nutrients and A LOT less defects!”
Also, we hear from Access Atlanta that Season 2 production was set to begin earlier this month, the first week of September.
Despite all of the above clues, there has also been some pushback from the medical community to pressure Bravo into canceling the series. Specifically, Howard University medical students started a petition which states:
“Black female physicians only compose 1% of the American workforce of physicians. Due to our small numbers, the depiction of Black female doctors in media, on any scale, highly affects the public’s view on the character of all future and current African American female doctors. Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” not only exploits the 6 lives of its Black female cast members, but, through its advertisements and commercials, heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, “cat fights”, and unprofessionalism.
“In a time when doctors are being held to very high standards by the public and each other, it is unfathomable for such a depiction of medicine and black women to be broadcast on tv where it will be inevitably available for years to come, on the internet and through other media outlets.
“Additionally, as residency positions are becoming increasingly more competitive (particularly for Black women) and contingent upon social behavior of graduating medical students, this depiction will only hinder black female physicians from attaining competitive residencies. Hence, for the sake of integrity and character of black female physicians, we must ask that Bravo immediately remove and cancel “Married to Medicine” from its channel, website, and any other media.”
Hmmm. With that kind of pressure, do you think Bravo will move forward with Married to Medicine? Or, do you think the clues we’ve uncovered mean we can still expect a second season?