Virgin River, a series developed by Sue Tenney, made its Netflix debut in 2019. Adapted from the popular novels by Robyn Carr, the show revolves around a nurse who relocates to the serene, small town of Virgin River in Northern California.
What truly astonishes is the remarkable viewership it garnered. In the year 2022, it recorded an astounding 13.6 billion minutes watched, securing the sixth spot on Nielsen’s streaming rankings, a testament to its enduring popularity.
Virgin River fans can mark their calendars for September 7, 2023, as that’s when Season 5 of the series will make its highly anticipated debut on Netflix. But that’s not all! A special treat is in store for viewers, with a Christmas special scheduled for November 30.
Originally slated for a total of 12 episodes, Season 5 will have a slight twist: only the first 10 episodes will be available on September 7, while the remaining two will be unveiled as part of the festive Christmas special in November.
The confirmation of Season 5 came in 2021 when Netflix renewed the series for both its fourth and fifth seasons. In a noteworthy development, Patrick Sean Smith took over as showrunner last year, replacing Sue Tenney.
The Virgin River Season 5 cast includes:
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe
- Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan
- Annette O’Toole as Hope McCrea
- Tim Matheson as Dr. Vernon Mullins
- Benjamin Hollingsworth as Dan Brady
- Zibby Allen as Brie Sheridan
- Gwynyth Walsh as Jo Ellen
- Colin Lawrence as John ‘Preacher’ Middleton
- Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie
- Jenny Cooper as Joey Barnes
- Nicola Cavendish as Connie
- Chase Petriw as Christopher
- Kai Bradbury as Denny Cutler
- Mark Ghanime as Dr. Cameron Hayek
- Marco Grazzini as Mike Valenzuela
- Teryl Rothery as Muriel
- Steve Bacic as Vince
- Christina Jastrzembska as Lydie
- Trevor Lerner as Bert Gordon
- Lucia Walters as Julia
- Keith MacKechnie as Nick
- Emma Oliver as young Mel
Season 5 will feature “surprising new relationships, a shocking break-up, a difficult court trial, a heartbreaking goodbye, and a wildfire that threatens the town, bringing some residents of Virgin River together while tearing others apart.”
Actor Alexandra Breckenridge told New Beauty: “I think this season has started out well and we’re getting into a few episodes soon that are pretty heavy. They’re really intense and I think that they’re some of the best episodes we’ve ever done. I never say that either!
“I think that there’s a high sense of drama that starts to come up this season that it’s going to leave people on the edge of their seats. At least, I hope. I’m excited to get into that.”