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What to remember from Season 3 of ‘Virgin River’

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When Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckinridge) moved to the small California town of Virgin River in the start of the Netflix series, her intention was to escape drama. Coming off of the loss of her husband and a miscarriage, Mel needed to recuperate somewhere quiet.

But, as this recap for the events of Season Three show, she got more drama — lots of it.

The characters in “Virgin River” face the losses, disappointments, and challenges of life — plus some soap opera-worthy twists: Surprise twins! Paternity questions! Drug lords! And, in Season Four, a mishap with a helicopter!

Here’s what to remember from last season ahead of Season Four’s return on Wednesday, July 20.

May Mel (Alexandra Breckinridge) catch a break in Season Four.Netlifx

So, uh, whose baby is Mel having? Is it Jack’s?

This is the burning question on everyone’s mind — especially Mel and Jack’s (Martin Henderson). After three seasons of “will they or won’t they,” Mel, a nurse practitioner, finally found stable ground with her bar owner, Marine vet boyfriend, Jack.

Though during one of their “off” phases, she decided to visit the fertility clinic in Los Angeles where she was undergoing IVF treatment with her husband, Mark, before he died. She decided to try and get pregnant using her and Mark’s remaining two embryos. When she returned to Virgin River, she and Jack got back together.

Just as Jack was about to propose, Mel revealed she was pregnant — but isn’t sure if it’s with Jack’s baby or Mark’s. Ah, modern medicine!

We’re only a few episodes away from an answer. Showrunner Sue Tenney, in an interview with TVLine, said the father’s identity would be revealed in Season Four.

Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in Virgin River.
Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in Virgin River. Netflix

Is Hope coming back? Actually, make that: Is Hope OK?

Actor Annette O’Toole wasn’t in Season Three of “Virgin River,” due to reasons that had everything to do with the drama of the real world. “Virgin River” showrunner Sue Tenney told TVLine that Hope’s absence came down to the pandemic: “(O’Toole) was not able to travel, so we had to pivot.”

According to Tenney, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hope and Doc (Tim Matheson) were supposed to have a vow renewal ceremony. Instead, they got their most trying season yet.

While Hope was gone, something major changed for her: Her best friend Lilly (Lynda Boyd) died suddenly of cancer. Doc kept this a secret.

Then, on her way home, she gets in a car accident. Her recovery from a traumatic brain injury will be a central plot line for Season Four, per Tenney’s EW interview.

Annette OíToole as Hope McCrea in Virgin River.
Annette OíToole as Hope McCrea in Virgin River.Netflix

Frankly, we’re worried about Charmaine and the twins

We have nothing personal against Charmaine (Lauren Hammersley) — she makes great TV. But her actions certainly lead to complications for our beloved Mel and Jack, and potentially put her in danger.

Charmaine, Jack’s ex, is pregnant with Jack’s twin sons (and has been, as fans pointed out on Twitter, for some time).

Last season, she got married three weeks after meeting a man named Todd (Patrick Sabongui), who exudes a certain smugness (it’s true!).

Based on his controlling behavior, Todd may not be the most supportive partner — and he’s taking Jack away from his sons. As Charmaine told Jack, Todd made the executive decision to move the family to Eureka without consulting her. “I love him, but everything always needs to be his way,” she said.

Let’s see whether Charmaine goes forward with the move, or can withstand the Todd.

Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts in Virgin River.
Lauren Hammersley as Charmaine Roberts in Virgin River.Netflix

Preacher is in danger

Preacher served in the Marines with Jack and now works with him at the bar. Like Jack, he can’t resist doing the right thing, even if it gets him into complicated situations.

He intervened when Paige (Lexa Doig), a newcomer in town, was in danger after her ex-husband, Wes (Steve Bacic), tracked her down. Defending herself, Paige killed Wes, and Preacher helped dispose of the body. When she fled town, he cared for her son, Christopher.

Trouble arose when Wes’ twin brother Vince (also played by Bacic), came to Virgin River seeking answers. The last time we see him, he’s tied up in the woods as part of a scheme to kidnap Christopher.

Colin Lawrence as John Preacher Middleton in "Virgin River."
Colin Lawrence as John Preacher Middleton in “Virgin River.”Netflix

What’s up, Doc? We hear you have a grandson

In the final moments of Season Three, a stranger appears at Doc’s medical office claiming to be his grandson. The twist? Doc didn’t even know he had children.

Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins in "Virgin River."
Tim Matheson as Doc Mullins in “Virgin River.”Netflix

So, who shot Jack in Season 2?

A whole season passed between Jack’s near-fatal shooting in his bar, we still don’t know the answer to this one.

Right now, Dan Brady (Ben Hollingsworth) is serving time for attempted murder. Dan served in the Marines with Jack and ended up getting involved with Calvin, the town’s local mafia leader, who could be behind Jack’s hit.

But did Brady really do it? Jack’s sister Brie (Zibby Allen), who has a romantic connection with him, thinks not. We told you things were dramatic in this town.

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Who hurt you, Jack? Netflix



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Jack Harlow reveals the dream collaboration he’s been manifesting

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Jack Harlow is dreaming all the way to the football field.

In between hits like “Industry Baby” and “First Class” on the TODAY plaza stage for our Citi Concert Series, rapper Jack Harlow revealed his biggest career goal.

“There’s a lot of things I haven’t done,” Harlow said after TODAY’s Craig Melvin asked Harlow what he hasn’t done yet that he still wants to do. “One day, I dream of doing the Super Bowl halftime show.”

The crowd roared with applause, and Craig said the rapper “just spoke it into existence.”

In another interview on the 3rd Hour of TODAY, the musician from Louisville, Kentucky also spilled his dream collaborator.

Craig ran down the list of artists Harlow has already worked with like Drake, Lil Nas X and Justin Timberlake, and asked who he would love to collaborate with who hasn’t gotten to next.

“Andre 3000,” Harlow replied, speaking of the fellow rapper from the South. “That’s a big one I’ve been manifesting. A lot of the collaborations you just named, are ones that in interviews, over the years, I hadn’t done yet.”

“Pharrell, Drake, all that, and then they would happen,” he continued. “So I’m just gonna keep saying Andre 3000 with faith that it will happen.”

Jack Harlow looks at the crowd while performing at the Citi Concert Series.
Jack Harlow looks at the crowd while performing at the Citi Concert Series. Nate Congleton / TODAY

“Andre 3000 with you at the Super Bowl,” Craig manifested. “That’s the show.”

“That would be everything I could ever want,” Harlow said.

Jack Harlow smiles while performing on the TODAY plaza stage.
Jack Harlow smiles while performing on the TODAY plaza stage.Nate Congleton / TODAY

Harlow attended Super Bowl LVI in February at Sofi Stadium, and while The Weeknd performed during the game’s halftime show, Harlow performed at a halftime show of his own during Shaquille O’Neal’s pre-game SHAQ Bowl livestream event.

Harlow is headed to the MTV Music Video Awards later this month, where he is up for seven awards—leading the highest number of nominations along with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X.



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Natalia Dyer Was Confronted By Megan Thee Stallion For Choosing “Boring” Jonathan Over Steve In “Stranger Things”

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And she made sure to tell that to Natalia Dyer when she stopped by the Tonight Show on Thursday, where Meg was guest-hosting with Jimmy Fallon.

“Let’s talk about it, though,” Meg told her. “Because, OK, so boom. At first, you liked Steve. You was into Steve. And then you just kinda like, dumped him, no caution, he didn’t know what was happening.”

“Poor Steve,” she continued before listing off more unfortunate moments he’s experienced on the show. “Y’all keep throwing the kids on him to babysit — he keeps saving y’all life. All he do is save y’all life. He was beating everybody up! And you like, ‘Aw man, I’m going to Jonathan, sorry.'”

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“I do feel bad,” Natalia replied. “Honestly, I think the way that Jonathan and Nancy happened, I was like — she doesn’t always make the most morally right decisions all the time, but that’s human, you know?”

As far as the next season is concerned, Natalia seemed unsure of where it would go. But she personally thinks that Nancy might need a step back from dating to have “a little me time after all of it.”

“Like, they’re still in high school,” she said. “So much to think about,” Meg agreed. “Jonathan is boring. She’s so smart. She’s so pretty. She’s got things to do!”

You can watch the full video here, and stream Stranger Things Season 4 now on Netflix if you haven’t already.

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Jon Batiste leaving ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

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Academy- and Grammy Award-winning artist Jon Batiste is leaving “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” after seven seasons, Colbert announced Thursday night on the show. He’s exiting to “pursue personal and professional interests.” Louis Cato, who has served as interim bandleader this summer, will take over on a permanent basis — and Colbert’s band, which previously had been called “Stay Human” under Batiste’s direction, will be renamed “The Late Show Band.”

Cato will take over permanently when the show returns for its eighth season on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

“Louis has done a great job this summer, and he is very humble, so he won’t say this. But I will. He’s a musical genius,” Colbert said. “He can play basically every instrument over there. Give him an afternoon, he’ll learn how to play Mozart on a shoehorn.”

Cato has been with “The Late Show” since its relaunch under Colbert. The revised band will be include Joe Saylor, who has performed alongside Louis since the show’s inception, and longtime house band members Louis Fouché, Jon Lampley, Endea Owens and Nêgah Santos.

“It has been one of the great honors of my life to work on this show, alongside some of the most talented musicians and creatives I know,” said Cato. “Watching and learning from both Jon and Stephen for these past seven years, I’m genuinely excited to continue the tradition of excellence they’ve established.”

Batiste won five Grammys earlier this year, out of a whopping 11 nominations, with big wins including album of the year. That came after Batiste won an Oscar in 2021 for original score as part of the trio of composers behind Disney-Pixar’s “Soul.”

“We’ve been so lucky to have a front row seat to Jon’s incredible talent for the past seven years,” Colbert said of Batiste. “And will we miss him here? ‘Yeaaa!’ But we’re happy for you, Jon, and I can’t wait to have you back on as guest with your next hit record.”

Cato, a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter, has worked with artists including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Snarky Puppy, David Sanborn, George Duke, Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Miller, John Scofield and A Tribe Called Quest. Cato released his first solo record, “Starting Now,” in 2016, and he is in post-production on his newest album, “Reflections,” due out later this year. He is repped by manager and creative producer Sam Goldberg and Jake Levy at Levy Law PLLC.

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