‘The Waltons’ Star Judy Norton Says Remake Producer Grew Up Watching Original Show

by Clayton Edwards

The Waltons’ Homecoming premieres tonight on the CW. Some members of the original cast have already shared their opinions on the reboot. Overall, they’re glad to see the Walton family coming back to the small screen. Like the reboot’s cast and crew, they’re hoping to see the show’s timeless story of an enduring family bond will strike a chord now like it did all those years ago. Judy Norton thinks that it will.

Judy Norton played Mary Ellen in the original iteration of The Waltons. She took the role for the first time when she was only 13 in The Homecoming: A Christmas Story. Then, she reprised the role for all nine seasons of the series as well as the subsequent made-for-TV movies. Today, she hosts a web series that takes fans behind the scenes of The Waltons. So, her opinion on the upcoming reboot carries some serious weight. She spoke about the reboot in the most recent installment of her series.

Judy Norton on Producer Sam Haskell

Judy Norton believes that the Waltons reboot is in good hands. Norton said that Sam Haskell, who serves as producer on the reboot grew up watching the classic series. Additionally, he is around the same age as many of the actors who played the original Walton siblings. The show, she said was a “big part” of Haskell’s life. With that in mind, she added, “We are honored that he loved the show enough that this was something he wanted to bring back to a new audience.

Sam Haskell on The Waltons’ Homecoming

As Judy Norton noted, Sam Haskell grew up watching The Waltons. As a result, he understands the true spirit of the show. That makes him the perfect person to work on the reboot. Haskell has high hopes for the upcoming made-for-TV movie. However, he’s not necessarily looking for a big payout.

In a recent interview, Haskell said that they’re putting the “faith and family and hope and joy” of the original Waltons franchise into the reboot. This, he hopes, will inspire families to gather around and enjoy the heartfelt Christmas story much like it did for his family.

Haskell admits that seeing families sit down as a unit to watch a movie or TV show is rare these days. That is why he and others, including Judy Norton, believe that this reboot is so important. About that, the executive producer said, “This is the kind of program that can bring an entire family together.”

The Waltons’ Homecoming premieres tonight at 8/7c on the CW. It will join the rest of the network’s streaming catalog tomorrow. So, gather up the family, take a trip back to a simpler time, and enjoy Christmas with one of the most iconic families to ever inhabit the small screen.