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‘Virgin River’ Announces Season 2 Premiere Date Just in Time for the Holidays!

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Season 2 of Virgin River officially has a premiere date! 

The Netflix drama will return less than a year after the first season debuted on Dec 6, 2019. 

Fans can catch up with Mel, Doc, and Jack Sheridan on Friday, November 27th! If you think about it, it’s the perfect day for a feel-good show to premiere as everyone will be sitting at home stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner. And since Black Friday sales are going virtual to tame the spread of COVID, less shopping gives everyone ample time to kick up their feet and binge-watch! 

Virgin River season 1 focused on Mel (played by This Is Us‘ Alexandra Breckenridge), a nurse practitioner who moved from LA to a remote Northern California town who was forced to face her past and grieve before being able to call Virgin River home.

If You Loved ‘Sweet Magnolias,’ You’re Going to Want to Check Out ‘Virgin River’

Season 2 teases: “Engagement. Babies. Heartbreak. Murder. For a small town, Virgin River has its fair share of drama — and Mel Monroe is often in the middle of it.”

Yep, we can’t wait. 

Also returning for season 2 are Annette O’Toole, Lauren Hammersley, Colin Lawrence, and Grayson Gurnsey. Sarah Dugdale will join the cast as Lizzie. 

While there isn’t a full trailer of the upcoming season, the Netflix November lineup video shows some great snippets: 

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Sweet Magnolias

If You Loved ‘Sweet Magnolias,’ You’re Going to Want to Check Out ‘Virgin River’



Virgin River - A Fee-Good Show You Need to Binge Watch if You Like Sweet Magnolias

I don’t know what it is about small towns, but when it comes to a TV show, they have a way of capturing your heart.

Maybe it’s the small community filled with gossiping women who are all up in your business that opens you with welcome arms, but I find myself gravitating to shows whose quaint towns are just as much of a character as the cast itself. 

At the center of most of these shows is usually a resilient woman rising from the ashes following some life-altering situation. She tends to find support from the community, who embraces her and lends a helping hand, and despite a few stumbles, she never fully falls on her face because she’s always swooped up (metaphorically, there are no superheroes in these shows) by a handsome, buff man who is ready to show her the world… when she’s ready, of course.

It’s not exactly how reality works — one could argue it’s the furthest thing from it — but the promise of things working out and the “happily ever after” is how we want life to work, so we get pulled in. Aside from hope, we all connect with the themes of togetherness, heartbreak, and friendship.

Both Sweet Magnolias and Virgin River — both based on novels of the same name — possess that classic Hallmark charm, and despite straying ever-so-slightly from the predictable formula, the question of “will they or won’t they” when it comes to a grand love is there at the forefront. 

On Sweet Magnolias, Maddie (JoAnn Garcia) is mom-of-three trying to pick up the pieces following a divorce that the whole town is aware of. Why? Because her husband, the town doctor, cheater on her with his nurse, who is now pregnant, and since he’s such a stand-up guy, he’s decided to commit himself to her and “do the right thing.”

Maddie leans on her two besties, Dana Sue, a chef and restaurant owner, and Helen Decatur, a lawyer, and they all decide that there’s never been a better time to pursue their childhood dream of owning a spa.

As Maddie’s career begins to fall into place, she also strikes up a romance with her son’s baseball coach, Cal Maddox, and just when she’s reaching peak happiness, her ex-husband pleads that they “give things another try” after his pregnant fiancee leaves him. We won’t spoil the end, but there’s a dramatic twist that underscores Netflix’s desire to take a formula and infuse it with new life. 

If you’ve binge-watched Sweet Magnolias and found yourself craving some more small-town action, look no further than Virgin River. Netflix is making sure you never run out of feel-good dramas with character again! 

Virgin River got love, but not nearly as much as Sweet Magnolias, and I fully blame that on the terrible promo that pops up when you first cue up Netflix.

The teaser played numerous times for me, but I kept ignoring the show because the little snippet didn’t sell me on it whatsoever. 

To be fair, I should’ve listened to the Netflix algorithm (that knows me better than I know myself, apparently), and the fact that I’m a huge fan of Alexandra Breckenridge, who you may recognize as Sophie, Kevin’s true love on This Is Us.

Eventually, I was convinced to give Virgin River a shot after two of my friends gave it glowing reviews. “Fine, I’ll watch it,” is literally what I texted back as I reluctantly pressed play. 

And boy, I’m glad I did. Have I mentioned the promo doesn’t do the series justice?

There’s nothing Hallmark-style cheesy about Virgin River, a Northern California town that seems to have a population of 20. Breckneridge’s Mel Monroe, a nurse practitioner, leaves cushy LA after accepting a job working for the local doctor, Vernon, who is less-than-thrilled to find out that his meddling wife and town Mayor, Hope, orchestrated the whole thing. 

Doc doesn’t think “Ms. Hollywood” is cut out for the job, but as Mel gets her bearings, she proves to Doc that she’s exactly what this town needs. She also begins a kindred friendship with local bar owner, Jack Sheridan. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like these two will have anything in common, but they’re both burdened by the mistakes of their past and need each other to move forward. The characters are nuanced and realistically navigate a wide-range of emotions that come with falling in love with a person that’s not emotionally available.

Mel is a likable protagonist just like many of those that have come before her, but there’s nothing predictable about her adventures in Virgin River. The level of unpredictability mimics the uncertainty of life — you simply never know where it’ll take you, but that’s the beauty of it. And the moments, despite heartbreaking at times, are beautiful, scary, and exciting.

It’s a show about love, loss, family and found family, and getting a fresh start in a place that you’d least expect.

And if that’s not enough to convince you, just watch for the incredible scenery. 

According to What’s on Netflix, season 2 was set to premiere this summer but with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been pushed likely to September or October 2020 at the earliest. The site also reports season 3 has been given the green light, so use this time wisely to catch up and binge the series!

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