Virgin River | Prequel to Netflix drama in the works

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As season six of Virgin River starts production, Netflix confirms that a prequel is also in the works to the hit show.

Romantic drama Virgin River, based on the popular book series by Robyn Carr, has grown into one of Netflix’s biggest hits since it launched on the streamer in 2019.

Running for five seasons thus far, the plot follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the remote Northern 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.

The show stars Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel, alongside Martin Henderson as he love interest Jack. Other cast members include Colin Lawrence, Jenny Cooper, Lauren Hammersley, Annette O’Toole and Tim Matheson.

In the story, Mel’s late mother Sarah too fell in love with a man from the picturesque Northern California town, Everett, who was revealed in the recent Virgin River Christmas special as Mel’s biological father, played by John Allen Nelson.

Netflix has confirmed that a prequel is in the works, which will revolve around the burgeoning romance of Sarah and Everett. The upcoming sixth season, which began production this week, will provide a glimpse into the duo’s past, featuring young Everett and Sarah in flashbacks. Casting is currently underway for the two characters.

The prequel will be written Virgin River showrunner Patrick Sean Smith, who said that “what we’re exploring more in Season 6 is who Everett Reid is, what his backstory is, what his connection to Virgin River was when he met her mom and then also what it is today. It will explore the relationship of Everett with the town as well as Everett and Mel.

You can stream all episodes of Virgin River on Netflix


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