Virgin River co-stars join forces to hit WGA writers strike picket lines

Martin Henderson joins strikes at Netflix picket line

Virgin River’s Martin Henderson teamed up with co-star Annette O’Toole to hit the picket lines with the WGA writers’ strike.

As the strike goes into its second week, the actor – beloved as leading man Jack Sheridan on the show – shared his solidarity with those fighting for fairer pay and working conditions outside Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles.

In a video posted to Instagram, Henderson said: “I’m here on the picket lines outside Netflix with my working buddies, my writer friends, as you can see there picketing.”

O’Toole then joined him from the lines to talk to the camera waving a sign in support of the Writers Guild of America, with Henderson exclaiming: “Oh look who it is! It’s Jeanette!”

As the pair shared their love of the writers on the show, the Australian actor said: “So all you people out there, fans of Netflix shows like Virgin River, if you want to see more, support the writers! They deserve it!”

Henderson reiterated his statement in the caption, which read: “Standing strong with my writer brothers and sisters who are out striking for a fairer deal for all their talent and hard work – Without which there would be nothing to act and nothing to watch!”

The continuing writers’ strike has ground Hollywood to a halt, with numerous shows and films currently on pause as the writing team protest outside the major studios in New York and Los Angeles.

On the same day, Henderson and O’Toole joined the lines, band Imagine Dragons performed for the crowd in solidarity and in a bid to keep up spirits.

Season five of Virgin River has already been filmed and is currently in the editing process, and was due to air on Netflix later this year.

It’s not known what the future holds for the show beyond this.

Among the other Netflix casualties as a result of the strike, Stranger Things has been delayed, with the Duffer Brothers offering their support of those on the picket lines.

Celebrity faces have also joined the cause, including Ted Lasso stars Brendan Hunt, Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein, Rob Lowe and his son John, Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant, and Sex And The City’s Cynthia Nixon.

Others have offered help and support in other ways, with Pete Davidson handing out pizzas to those on the lines in New York, and Jay Leno dishing out donuts and coffee on LA.

Drew Barrymore also cancelled her appearance as host of last Sunday’s MTV TV and Movie Awards as a sign of solidarity with the strikers.

There is currently no end date in sight for the strike until the Guild can reach an agreement.

Virgin River is available to watch on Netflix now.

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