Schmigadoon! Team Previews 4 Major Changes in Season 2 — Plus, Your Guide to Who's Who in Schmicago!

Schmigadoon! Season 2

Melissa and Josh have found true love… but are they happy? That’s the question hanging over their heads in Schmigadoon!‘s Season 2 premiere, which picks up after a considerable time jump and shows Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key‘s characters finding it rather difficult to readjust to life in the real world.

“They go through all these milestones in life — they’re married, they buy a house in Connecticut, they’re successful in their careers — but there are difficulties that you inevitably face,” Strong tells TVLine. “Those build up, and you lose confidence.”

Alas, Melissa and Josh are in something of a rut and desperate to escape it. They also have a hankering for some corn pudding.

“They know they have Schmigadoon, which is this magic place,” Strong says. “It’s a quick fix,” if not a permanent fix, and they decide to go back. But they quickly discover you “can never go back,” and instead wind up in Schmicago, a grittier town inspired by 1960s and ’70s musicals, including Cabaret, Chicago, Hair and Sweeney Todd, just to name a few. Schmicago is populated by familiar faces — fellow returnees include Ariana DeBose, Dove Cameron, Jaime Camil, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, Jane Krakowski and Aaron Tveit — but no one is playing the same character they inhabited in Season 1. And in another twist that sets Season 2 apart from Season 1, it’s Josh, not Melissa, who’s quick to embrace their new surroundings. But his tune changes relatively fast, when he’s suddenly the prime suspect in a muuuurder.

“It’s a rude awakening for Josh because he thinks he’s going to enjoy this place,” Key tells us. “He’s the one who has to convince Melissa, ‘Let’s just stay for a day, maybe we’ll have fun,’ and then he winds up in prison, on death row.”

So, what other changes are in store for Schmigadoon! Season 2? Keep scrolling to see what series co-creator Cinco Paul has to say about the musical satire’s six-episode encore…