Spanning more than 220 episodes that aired for nearly a full decade, CBS’ own hit TV historical drama The Waltons earned a long list of accolades for its incredible storytelling and performance.
Now, exactly 40 years after it was taken off-air, a major network is reviving it.
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Television network The CW has picked up a brand new made-for-TV movie based on the beloved show and the original film The Homecoming: A Christmas Story which was what brought The Walton family into American homes for the first time.
1971 – The made-for-TV movie, "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story," which would serve as the basis for "The Waltons" TV series, aired on CBS-TV. pic.twitter.com/s9ybTP1fqV
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The new original movie is titled The Waltons’ Homecoming and will arrive in the last three months of 2021 alongside several other original flicks the network has picked up.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bellamy Young will star as Olivia Young and Logan Shroyer as the eldest child, John Boy.
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The actor who originally played John Boy in the series will narrate the movie and the plot is based on a story similar to the original movie.
THR writes: “In 1933, the Walton family is concerned that patriarch John Sr. won’t make it home for Christmas. John writes that he will make it home after all, but when a storm threatens his arrival, Olivia sends John Boy to look for his dad — a journey that will change his life.”
The executive producer Sam Haskell along with writer Jim Strain and director Lev. L Spiro all worked on Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings Netflix series.
What do you think about this new take on The Waltons?