Virgin River has just started filming season 5, but new showrunner Patrick Sean Smith already knows what fans are most excited about. It’s not the father of Charmaine’s twins (yes, there are), what happens to Paige and Preacher (which is also important), or even if Mel and Jack manage to walk down the aisle. will premiere.
Sure, he’s only been out for a week in Season 4, but this finale calls for answers. Sorry for the disappointment, but the wait continues. “I haven’t heard anything,” Smith told Grammer from the Vancouver set. “I never thought I was new”
He spent four seasons under Virgin River showrunner Sutenyi before his passing of the Torch took place before season five. Smith—previously on Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings anthology series, where he worked with Netflix, and Greek and Chasing His Life, where he was executive producer—was brought in after Tenney moved on to other projects. .
But at a time when most other long-running shows are running out of steam, Virgin River is getting hotter and hotter. Its success does not escape Smith, who was already a fan of the series led by Alexandra Breckenridge and Martin Henderson before joining.
“Much of my career has revolved around cross-generational character drama and character comedy,” says Smith. “I love how Virgin River is about people and universal experiences, emotions, romance and cliffhangers. I was also excited about the opportunity to tell these stories with characters I already knew and loved. And it’s so comforting to think that there’s more to this world.”
Speaking of solace, one thing Smith wants to clarify is when you start treating shows like Virgin River, with their dreamy settings, touching love stories, and dramatic drama, as guilty pleasures. It means that came. “I spoke to some people and they said, ‘I hate to admit it, but watching the show made me feel better.’ And I said, ‘That shouldn’t be a controversial statement.’ I think. Sometimes we create expectations of what our TV experience should be. The fact that this can bring a lot of comfort and it works is what makes me want the show to continue.I have always wanted to tell amazing yet emotional character stories. I’m here. ”
There is so much to discover in this picturesque little town. Almost every character is at a crossroads in their lives by the end of the season, and we already know the show will resume shortly after the finale rolls over the credits.Smith can’t wait to dive in But we also have some very exciting ideas for how the series should go in the long term.
Yes, we would like to continue this tradition. Addressing women’s issues is a major priority of the show. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us and is in the show’s DNA. So it’s not just biological, it’s important. When we look at Bree’s story and what Mel goes through in her own experience… again, when we talk to her agency, we take it very seriously. We want to make sure that it accurately reflects what women have gone through in similar situations.In particular, similar to Paige’s character, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. It’s very important to our storytelling and very important to us as part of the show to be celebrated.