‘The Waltons’ Reboot: John Boy Actor Talks Going Back to a ‘Simpler Time’

by John Jamison

Well, The Waltons fans, we’re only a day away from the reboot of the movie that started it all. The CW’s The Waltons’ Homecoming will premiere tomorrow, November 28, at 8 p.m. ET. The Waltons follows a Virginia mountain family through the Depression Era of the 1930s. And even the show itself, which aired in the 1970s, came during a much simpler time.

The Waltons’ Homecoming John Boy actor Logan Shroyer is a mere 22 years old. His 17-year old character is a product of the 1930s, a far different time than the one Shroyer has known. The John Boy actor spoke on that contrast during a promo video for the upcoming Christmas special.

“A much simpler time in the 1930s. You didn’t have social media. You didn’t have TV. They just got the radio,” said Shroyer.

The original John Boy actor, Richard Thomas, lends his talents to the production in the role of narrator. It’s a high honor in the tradition of The Waltons, considering it used to be the position of the show’s creator, Earl Hamner Jr. He drew upon his own rural Virginia upbringing through books, movies, and eventually, the show.

Thomas, who played John-Boy on the 1970s series for its first five seasons, also commented on the benefits of Logan Shroyer’s generation being exposed to a story from such a seemingly distant time as the 1930s.

“I think it’s great for families, especially for younger people, to get a window into what a world like that is,” said Thomas.

Erin Walton Actor Mary McDonough Encourages ‘The Waltons’ Fans to Embrace the Reboot

The Waltons is a classic series through and through. That’s great news when it comes to name recognition for a project like the upcoming The Waltons’ Homecoming, but it also means people are very close to the source material. It means everything to some.

That’s where reboots and revivals can get into trouble. There’s a fine line between a carbon copy and doing justice to the original while allowing it to stand independently. The good news is diehard The Waltons fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Erin Walton actor Mary McDonough gave her seal of approval to Fox News recently.

“Think of it like getting a new step-parent. They are not meant to replace your parent, but to be another part of your life. Although we appreciate all the love and support our viewers have given to ‘The Waltons’ these past 50 years and hopefully many more years to come – you are welcome to embrace this new rendition – not as a copy – but as something new,” said McDonough.

So go ahead, Outsiders. Feel free to cut loose and enjoy the new spin on an old family classic.