Netflix has given the green light to third seasons of Virgin River and Locke & Key, the streaming service announced today. The premiere dates for the third seasons will be announced at a later time.
Virgin River is based on Robyn Carr’s series of books. The romantic drama series will return for a 10-episode third season. The second season launched on the streaming service on November 27, 2020.
In the second season, Melinda Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge, This Is Us) returns to Virgin River and Doc’s clinic, realizing she must learn to come to terms with herself and her past before she can truly make this her home.
Virgin River also stars Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy), Tim Matheson, Annette O’Toole, Lauren Hammersley, Colin Lawrence, Grayson Gurnsey, and Sarah Dugdale.
Zibby Allen (The Flash) is joining the third season in the role of Jack’s sister Brie, described as a smart, hard-charging, ballsy lawyer. Also joining is Stacey Farber (Degrassi: The Next Generation), who will play Lilly’s daughter Tara Anderson.
There are now 21 books in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, and together they have sold more than 13 million copies. Virgin River was named to The HarperCollins 200 list, which celebrates 200 iconic books of the past 200 years.
Reel World Management and Roma Roth are producing the series for Netflix. Sue Tenney serves as showrunner and executive producer. Jocelyn Freid, Roma Roth, Christopher E. Perry and Carr serve as executive producers.
The Season 3 renewal for Locke & Key comes as the second season is about to wrap filming in Toronto this week for a 2021 premiere. The third season will start shooting next year.
In addition to the renewal, co-showrunner Meredith Averill has also signed an overall deal with Netflix for TV series and other projects.
From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.
“Carlton and Meredith have built an incredible world in Locke and Key and we’re excited to have the Lockes return for more in the third season,” said Brian Wright, Vice President of Overall Deals for Netflix. “I’m delighted to expand our creative partnership with Meredith Averill, a talented creator with a keen eye for best-in-class horror and supernatural storytelling.”
“I’m incredibly grateful to have found a home at Netflix where I feel constantly supported, challenged and inspired. I look forward to continuing and expanding our relationship,” said Meredith Averill.
“We have some incredible adventures in store for the Locke family in season three, and could not be more excited to continue telling our story with our great partners at Netflix,” added Carlton Cuse.
Locke and Key stars Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) as Nina Locke, Jackson Robert Scott (IT films) as Bode Locke, Connor Jessup (American Crime) as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones (Horrible Histories) as Kinsey Locke, Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) as Rendell Locke, Laysla De Oliveira as Dodge, Thomas Mitchell Barnet as Sam Lesser, Griffin Gluck (American Vandal) as Gabe, and Hallea Jones as Eden Hawkins.
The executive producers of Locke and Key also include Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Hill, Chris Ryall with Lydia Antonini and Ted Adams for IDW, Lindsey Springer for Genre Arts, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion, and Tim Southam, John Weber and Frank Siracusa for Take 5.