Virgin River (TV series)
Virgin River is an American romance drama web television series, produced by Reel World Management, based on the Virgin River novels by Robyn Carr. The first season premiered on Netflix on December 6, 2019. In December 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode second season.
|Based on||Virgin River novels|
by Robyn Carr
|Developed by||Sue Tenney|
|Music by||Jeff Garber|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Reel World Management|
|Original release||December 6, 2019 –|
Virgin River follows Melinda "Mel" Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River, thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn't quite as simple as she expected. She must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda "Mel" Monroe, a nurse practitioner and midwife who recently moved to Virgin River from LA
- Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, a local restaurant bar owner and former U.S. Marine, who suffers from PTSD
- Colin Lawrence as John "Preacher" Middleton, a close Marine friend of Jack, who works as the chef at Jack's Bar
- Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes, Melinda's older sister
- Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts, Jack's friend with benefits
- Annette O'Toole as Hope McCrea, the mayor of Virgin River
- Tim Matheson as Vernon "Doc" Mullins, MD, the local physician
- Grayson Gurnsey as Ricky (season 2; recurring season 1), a young man who works at Jack's Bar and wants to join the Marines as soon as he graduates from high school
- Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie (season 2)
- Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady (season 2; recurring season 1), a fellow younger veteran who served in the Marines with Jack and is struggling to readjust to civilian life
- Daniel Gillies as Mark Monroe, Mel's late husband
- David Cubitt as Calvin, the man who runs the illegal pot farm on the other side of Virgin River
- Lexa Doig as Paige Lassiter / Michelle Logan, the owner of a bakery truck named "Paige's Bakeaway"
- Ian Tracey as Jimmy, Calvin's right-hand man
- Lynda Boyd as Lilly
- Trevor Lerner as Bert Gordon, the local tow truck driver
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Carry On"||Jann Turner||Sue Tenney||December 6, 2019|
|Nurse Practitioner Mel moves to remote town Virgin River to start a new job. She meets Hope McCrea, the Mayor, who hired her and who has offered her a very basic lodge. Mel meets Jack the Bartender in the local bar. Next day Mel arrives at the Doc Mullins office, He is not pleased that she was hired without his approval. Jack's fellow Marine, Brady, comes back to town, Jack gives him a bar job. Mrs. McCrea goes to Doc. Mullins and speaks with him regarding Mel, expressing that he needs help, whether he admits it or not. He agrees to give Mel 30 days probation. Mel treats a young pregnant lady at the practice suffering with Braxton Hicks. Later Jack finds a baby in a crib on Doctor's front porch, he calls over Mel to come see what he has found.|
|2||"Lost"||Jann Turner||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Mel gives the baby girl a check-up at Doc's office. An indignant Doc Mullins arrives and takes charge. Connie, the General store owner, brings formula and bottles over, then starts ringing around to try and discover the mother. Doc Mullins is not keen on having Mel around, a frustrated Mel gives her notice to Hope. Jack offers to help with renovations on the lodge to try convince Mel to stay, meanwhile Hope pleads with Doc to give Mel a chance and let her do her job. Lilly, a local lady arrives with some old baby items. Mel tells Doc Mullins that she called the CPS to hand over the baby in the morning. An angry Doc tells Mel she is fired. Jack arrives at Charmaine's home, and they end up in bed together. Mel discovers Lilly in the back room and is shocked to see her breastfeeding the baby. Charmaine seems to think her relationship with Jack is deeper than he thinks it is.|
|3||"...And Found"||Andy Mikita||Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Lilly admits that she is the mother; her husband died six months prior, and Mel thinks she's suffering postpartum depression. Mel lost her own baby and confides in Lilly that she considered suicide, it wasn't just grief from bereavement, but postpartum depression. The woman Jack was with comes to the bar and introduces herself to Mel as Jack's girlfriend, Charmaine. Doc drops off Hope at her house, she collapses while walking up the stairs, saying she can't breathe. Doc assures her that he will take care of her.|
|4||"A Wounded Heart"||Andy Mikita||Sue Tenney||December 6, 2019|
|Hope had another heart attack episode recently. Jack comes over with a quiche for Hope. Mel meets him coldly. Jack is offhand about his relationship with Charmaine, implying that she thinks it's more serious than he does. Charmaine shows up to surprise Jack. Paige is mistaken for someone named Michelle by a passerby. This, with her lack of any bank accounts, insinuates something suspicious. She watches as the van drives away, with fear clearly on her face.|
|5||"Under Fire"||Martin Wood||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|Jack and Mel are taken to the Pot camps so Mel can treat their boss for a bullet wound and later helps one of the residents, a young woman give birth. Doc tracks them down and retrieves them after Hope is alerted to their disappearance by a phone call from Mel’s sister. Hope is revealed to be treating Charmaine with distaste because her mother was a close friend that had an affair with Doc while they were still together but later gives her the benefit of the doubt. Mel later finds Jack in the middle of a night terror about his is time in the Marines.|
|6||"Let's Mingle"||Martin Wood||Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Mel’s sister Joey visits Virgin River just as the town is preparing for the moonlight mingle, a dance where everyone switches partners between songs. Doc sets up a meeting with a lawyer so he and Hope can go through with their divorce but is frustrated by her absence at the appointment, however he soon realises how much his affair actually hurt her. Paige sees a man at the mingle and becomes erratic when she momentarily can’t find her son Christoper. Jack is truthful to Charmaine about where he stands in their relationship and later punches Brady after he gets drunk with Joey and makes insinuations about him and Mel.|
|7||"If Truth Be Told"||Gail Harvey||Patrick Moss||December 6, 2019|
|8||"Into the Light"||Gail Harvey||Debra Fordham||December 6, 2019|
|9||"Everybody Has a Secret"||Tim Matheson||Sue Tenney & Jackson Rock||December 6, 2019|
|10||"Unexpected Endings"||Tim Matheson||Sue Tenney & Amy Palmer Robertson||December 6, 2019|
|Paige reveals that she was divorced by her husband, and later fled with their son, despite not having custody. Hope carelessly reveals to Mel that Charmaine is pregnant by Jack. Jack confronts Brady, who later meets with Calvin. Mel flashes back to the automobile collision in which her husband was killed. Preacher visits Paige's house, finding blood on the floor. Mel tells Jack she can't cope with Charmaine's pregnancy and Jack tells Mel he's falling in love with her. Mel is seen packing and telling her sister she's returning home.|
On September 27, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was based on the Virgin River book series by Robyn Carr with executive producers: Sue Tenney, Roma Roth, and Chris Perry. Tenney was also set to serve as the series' showrunner with Reel World Management acting as the Production company involved in the series. On December 20, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a 10-episode second season. Virgin River season 2 will premiere on Netflix in 2020. 
On December 19, 2018, it was reported that Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Tim Matheson, and Annette O'Toole had been cast in series regular roles. Additionally, it was further reported that Jenny Cooper, David Cubitt, Lexa Doig, Daniel Gillies, Lauren Hammersley, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Colin Lawrence, Trevor Lerner, and Ian Tracey had joined the cast in an undisclosed capacity. On May 29, 2020, Sarah Dugdale joined the second season as a series regular while Grayson Gurnsey has been promoted as a series regular for the second season. On June 11, 2020, Benjamin Hollingsworth was promoted to a series regular for the second season.
Principal photography for the series' first season commenced on December 3, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and ended on March 26, 2019. The first season aired December 6, 2019. The series was also filmed on location in Snug Cove, New Westminster, Squamish, Agassiz and Port Coquitlam. Filming for the second season began on September 9, 2019 and ended on December 17, 2019.
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