Welcome back to Walton's Mountain!
The popular 1970s family drama series The Waltons has a new TV special in the works and it sounds like it'll be coming to The CW just in time for the holidays. Wow—between this and the Little House on the Prairie reboot, we have a lot to look forward to!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new TV movie, The Waltons' Homecoming, will mark the 50th anniversary of The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, the 1971 movie that introduced the Waltons to the world.
The holiday special will star Logan Shroyer (This Is Us) as John Boy, the eldest child in a large, close-knit family living in the mountains of Virginia during the Great Depression. Bellamy Young (Scandal) will play his mother, Walton matriarch Olivia Walton. As for the original John Boy, actor Richard Thomas will return to narrate the movie. We love this casting so far!
Like the original series, which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981, The Waltons' Homecoming takes place amid the Great Depression in the fictional Walton's Mountain in rural Virginia. The film follows John Boy on an unforgettable journey to bring his father home to Walton's Mountain in time for Christmas 1933.
"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," a news release from The CW says.
Considering the 1971 TV movie was so successful that it spawned the longrunning TV series, we have to wonder if the reboot could lead to more Waltons.
CW chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz is not ruling it out. If the movie The Waltons' Homecoming brings in a big audience, he said he’d consider doing a series reboot of the show. Just another reason to tune in! We can't wait to see John Boy back in action. How about you? Share your thoughts in the comments.