Virgin River is Coming to Netflix

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Virgin River, a contemporary romance based on the beloved Harlequin book series that took author Robyn Carr to the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

The streaming platform announced in September 2018 that it’s making a push into Hallmark-style programming. The pickup represent another instance of Hollywood turning to the romance genre as a rich space for potential properties to adapt.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in the wake of the Virgin River news, Carr says she’s “stunned” to be part of a movement in Hollywood that sees the oft-maligned genre finally getting some recognition. She’s written nearly 50 novels, with her first debuting in 1980 and her newest title, The Best of Us, poised to hit shelves in January — but she says the hubbub surrounding the Netflix announcement and the pre-production experience thus far is “the most fun” she’s ever had.

The series centers on Melinda Monroe, who decides to start fresh as a nurse practitioner in a remote corner of Northern California but finds small-town living more complicated than she anticipated. Sue Tenney (Cedar Cove7th Heaven) is attached as showrunner and executive producer, with Roma Roth and Chris Perry also on board as EPs. Alexandra Breckenridge (This Is Us, The Walking Dead), Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy, Miracles From Heaven),Tim Matheson (The Affair, The Good Fight) and Annette O’Toole (Smallville, Marvel’s The Punisher) will lead the cast.