‘The Waltons’ Homecoming’ on The CW

Category: Television

 “The Waltons’ Homecoming” Pictured (L – R): Executive Producer Sam Haskell, Ben Lawson as John Walton, Bellamy Young as Olivia Walton, Christian Finlayson as Jason Walton, Richard Thomas, Logan Shroyer as John Boy Walton, Tatum Sue Matthews as Erin Walton, Marcelle LeBlanc as Mary Ellen Walton, Samuel Goergon as Jim Bob Walton, Callaway Corrick as Elizabeth Walton, and Director Lev L. Spiro — Photo: Tom Griscom/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

This new made-for-The CW movie is a tribute to the original series The Waltons (1972-1981). Richard Thomas starred in that series as John Boy Walton. Earl Hamner narrated the original series. In this new incarnation of the iconic TV family, Thomas narrates the show. From the first notes of the famous theme song, viewers will be transported back to Walton’s Mountain. As Thomas said, “It’s a story about human kindness and compassion and love. It’s a story about family, a family called Walton.”

The cast and Executive Producer Sam Haskell met virtually with the media to discuss this film. Fans of the series will notice the character of Ben is absent in this movie. As Haskell acknowledged, it was because of time constraints in doing a single movie. If it does become a series, the executive producer is planning on bringing back all the family members. There are also some differences between this TV movie and the beloved series. The grandparents do not live in the same house. And speaking of the house, that one we all know and love is no longer standing. As Haskell explained, “It was on the backlot here at Warner Brothers and it, it no longer exists and we were shooting in Atlanta because of the tax incentives and, and the business side of the, of The Waltons’ Homecoming. And we tried to find a house as close to it as we could that had the upstairs, because I knew I wanted to end it with the good night mamas and daddies turned into Merry Christmas, of course. And we wanted to try to honor the family.”

The hope of everyone connected with this film is that it will be turned into another series. Should that happen, Haskell said,  “I want to bring every original cast member in as a guest star to play a teacher or a nurse or a doctor, or I want to integrate the original cast into the series and future movie.”

In these days of chaos in the world, the political divide and the pandemic, it seems as though this is the perfect time to return to Walton’s Mountain. Sure, it doesn’t have the power punch of today’s high-tech shows, but it does bring out the warm fuzzies and we can use some good old-fashioned family love. There is enough stress in our lives and violence and sex on TV. This show reminds us that we don’t need those to have good entertainment.

The Waltons’ Homecoming premieres November 28, 2021 on The CW. It is a good holiday family film. As they would say on Walton’s Mountain, “Merry Christmas, John Boy.”

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