Netflix gave its popular romance Virgin River an early, if unsurprising ,renewal today at its virtual Upfront.
Based on the novels by Robyn Carr, Virgin River follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), a nurse and midwife who moves to the small California town from Los Angeles after her husband Mark dies. There she falls for restaurant/bar owner and former marine Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson) but their romance is complicated.
Virgin River fans will have to wait until the Fall to see season 5 and production on season 6 may be delayed because of the ongoing WGA Writers Strike, but the news calls for a round of drinks at Jack’s Bar.
Jack’s Bar is played by The Watershed Grill in Brackendale
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos visited the Virgin River set last Fall in Vancouver.
Season 5 wrapped filming last November.
Working title: Sea to Sea.
Showrunner: Patrick Sean Smith,
Season 5 cast: Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe, Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Colin Lawrence as John “Preacher” Middleton, Annette O’Toole as Hope McCrea, Tim Matheson as Vernon “Doc” Mullins, Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady, Libby Allen as Jack’s lawyer sister Brie, Mark Ghanime as Dr. Cameron Hayek, Lauren Hanmersley as Charmaine Roberts, Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie, Kai Bradbury as Danny, Jenny Cooper as Mel’s sister Joey, Teryl Rothery as Muriel, Nicola Cavendish as Connie, Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen, Christina Jastrzembska as Lydia.
Season 5 table read:
Other filming locations:
The River is played mainly by the Squamish River.
Mel’s cabin is played by the 70-year-old McCrea cabin in North Vancouver’s Murdo Frazer Park, with interiors in studio.
Fitches’ Bed & Breakfast is played by the Klahanie Campground, Squamish.
Virgin River’s season 5 event: Labor Day Carnival. Filmed in Burnaby’s Central Park.