‘The Waltons’ Remake Star Marcelle LeBlanc Discusses Bringing the Show To a ‘New Generation’

by Lauren Boisvert
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Former “The Waltons” star Judy Norton just posted a new video on her YouTube channel. But, this time it’s not a behind-the-scenes or Ask Judy segment. In this new video, the former Mary Ellen is talking with the new Mary Ellen, Marcelle LeBlanc, about her experience in “The Waltons’ Homecoming.”

LeBlanc spoke about the production of “Homecoming” and how the remake isn’t a carbon copy of the original. “We took some liberties,” she started, “and we didn’t make an exact copy of the original ‘Homecoming’ because it almost would have been wrong for us to do an exact copy of the original ‘Homecoming’ because it was so incredible and brilliantly done and is so loved. It would have been wrong of us to just completely redo it because that’s already there.”

She then spoke about bringing “The Waltons” to a new era of fans. “We wanted to take it and make our own spin on it,” she said, “and do something new to it, to help bring ‘The Waltons’ to a newer generation, which I’m really excited about.

“I know that a bunch of people came up to me and they were like, ‘I know The Waltons, my grandparents watch that show,’ or ‘I know The Waltons, my parents watch that show’,” LeBlanc continued, “so, it’s been really great to kind of bring ‘The Waltons’ to an entire new generation that didn’t even know about it.”

“The Waltons” is truly a beloved show, and many fans of the original series loved the remake. There were some things that fell flat, as sometimes happens. But, for the most part, fans seemed to like the sense of nostalgia it brought.

‘The Waltons’: Judy Norton Shares Her Own Take on the Storylines

In a previous installment of “Ask Judy,” Norton revealed what she would have written for “The Waltons” if she’d been a screenwriter.

“During the series, there was a storyline that came to mind. It was after Eddie Ramirez in ‘The Medal’ came through,” she started. “I thought, that would be a fun character to bring back. I started to sort of outline and write something, but I never did anything with it.”

She also had some thoughts about her own character, Mary Ellen. “I probably would have not had Mary Ellen get married as early as she did,” Norton said. “Perhaps Erin, who was a little more inclined to all those different romances, perhaps she got married young instead of Mary Ellen. Perhaps Mary Ellen went to school and became an engineer or something.”

It would have been interesting to see how “The Waltons” would’ve played out if Judy Norton was a writer on the show; I almost regret not being able to ever see that iteration of Mary Ellen as an engineer.