Virgin River (TV series)

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Virgin River
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GenreRomantic drama
Based onVirgin River novels
by Robyn Carr
Developed bySue Tenney
Starring
Music byJeff Garber
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Robyn Carr
  • Christopher E. Perry
  • Sue Tenney
  • Roma Roth
  • Jocelyn Freid
Producer(s)Ian Hay
CinematographyDavid Pelletier
Editor(s)
Running time41–48 minutes
Production company(s)Reel World Management
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

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.[1] In December 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode second season.[2]

Premise[edit]

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.[3]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Daniel Gillies as Mark Monroe, Mel's late husband
  • Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady, a fellow younger veteran who served in the Marines with Jack and is struggling to readjust to civilian life
  • Grayson Gurnsey as Ricky, a young man who works at Jack's Bar and wants to join the Marines as soon as he graduates from high school
  • 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

Guest[edit]

  • Trevor Lerner as Bert Gordon, the local tow truck driver

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Carry On"Jann TurnerSue TenneyDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
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 brother 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 TurnerDebra FordhamDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
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, 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 MikitaAmy Palmer RobertsonDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
Lilly admits that she is the mother; her husband died six months prior, and Mel thinks she's suffering post-partum depression. Mel lost her own baby and confides in Lilly that she tried to commit 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 catches her.
4"A Wounded Heart"Andy MikitaSue TenneyDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
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 clear on her face.
5"Under Fire"Martin WoodDebra FordhamDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
6"Let's Mingle"Martin WoodAmy Palmer RobertsonDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
7"If Truth Be Told"Gail HarveyPatrick MossDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
8"Into the Light"Gail HarveyDebra FordhamDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
9"Everybody Has a Secret"Tim MathesonSue Tenney & Jackson RockDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
10"Unexpected Endings"Tim MathesonSue Tenney & Amy Palmer RobertsonDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
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. Jack tells Mel he's falling in love with her. Mel is seen packing and telling her sister she's returning home.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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..[3] On December 20, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a 10-episode second season.[2]

Casting[edit]

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.[4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series' first season commenced on December 3, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and ended on March 26, 2019.[5] The first season aired December 6, 2019. The series was also filmed on location in Snug Cove, New Westminster, Squamish, Agassiz and Port Coquitlam.[6] Filming for the second season began on September 9, 2019 and ended on December 17, 2019.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee Lenker, Maureen (November 8, 2019). "See exclusive first images of Netflix's romance novel adaptation Virgin River". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 8, 2019. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 20, 2019). "'Virgin River' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 20, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (September 27, 2018). "Netflix Orders Romance Drama Series 'Virgin River' & 'Sweet Magnolias' Based On Novels". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (December 19, 2018). "'Virgin River': Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Tim Matheson & Annette O'Toole To Star In Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Takeuchi, Craig (December 10, 2018). "Filming in Vancouver: Katie Holmes, John Cena, A Million Little Things, and more". Inside Vancouver. Archived from the original on January 8, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Virgin River (California) town location: Where is Virgin River filmed?". Atlas of Wonders. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. November 22, 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 28, 2019. Retrieved November 28, 2019.

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