The Walton family is making a comeback for the Christmas season, including the original John Boy, Richard Thomas. It’s all part of the CW’s “The Waltons’ Homecoming,” a remake of the original pilot film for the show. Just like “The Waltons,” the new special takes place in the 1930s. It follows the Walton family as they spin tales of wisdom, faith, and the importance of family.
With the addition of Richard Thomas narrating, the cast should be well-rounded. But, executive producer Sam Haskell has said that he wants more original stars involved if the fans and the CW wants more Waltons.
“I want to bring every original cast member in as a guest,” Haskell told Deadline, “to play a teacher or a nurse or a doctor. I want to integrate the original cast into the series and future movies.” He ended with an emphatic, “Yes!” so it’s safe to say he’s excited about the idea.
“The Waltons’ Homecoming” follows the Walton family around Christmastime, as they prepare for their first Christmas without patriarch John Walton. But then, a letter comes through announcing John will be home after all. Olivia Walton and her children scramble to prepare for his arrival. However, a storm kicks up, delaying John and causing him to lose his way. Olivia sends her eldest child, John Boy, out into the snow to search for his father. According to Deadline, the experience will “change his life forever.”
“The Waltons’ Homecoming” premieres Nov. 28 on the CW.
‘The Waltons’: Richard Thomas Pays Tribute to Show’s ‘Phenomenon’
In 2017, original John Boy Richard Thomas traveled to Schuyler, Virginia to pay tribute to the late Earl Hamner Jr. He went to Hamner’s hometown not only to pay tribute to “The Waltons” creator, but to feel more connected to the show he starred on for 5 seasons. In an interview with Blue Ridge Life Magazine, he spoke about his visit to Schuyler.
“It’s really not so much about keeping [Earl’s] legacy going as it is just remaining – staying connected to – the whole phenomenon that was ‘The Waltons,'” Thomas said. “And that includes Earl, obviously, most importantly. And whatever his legacy may be in terms of, you know, remembering him as the man who made that happen.”
Thomas also stated that he went to Schuyler to take the opportunity to get reacquainted with “The Waltons.” “But, for me personally,” he said, “it’s a lot of things, you know. It’s primarily a way of staying connected to the show when the opportunity arises.”
“Anytime I do anything that’s related to the show, it feels like a homecoming,” Thomas said of meeting fans and getting together with the original cast. Fitting word choice, as The Walton family is having their own homecoming 4 years later.