She started out by talking about the new cast, saying, “The new cast is lovely, they’re adorable. And they have a difficult task because the show is so iconic. But it’s not an imitation. There are things that you will find are different and things you will recognize as the same, and things that won’t touch you as much as the original.”
“The Waltons” ran for 9 seasons from 1972 to 1981; while it took a season to find its footing, it easily became a beloved classic. The reboot has some big shoes to fill. But, Norton wanted to remind fans that “The Waltons: Homecoming” isn’t a copy of the original series.
“I often hear from you how much you want more shows like ‘The Waltons’,” she said. “So perhaps you could think of this as–not ‘The Waltons’ so much as like ‘The Waltons.’ Another family show that deserves to be embraced in its own right.”
She went on to say, “Don’t think of it as a copy, but […] just another opportunity, as if it’s cousins, or siblings, or another branch of the Walton family having a similar story.”
‘The Waltons’: Judy Norton Wants Fans to Give the Reboot a Chance
Judy Norton wants fans to remember that “The Waltons” was the blueprint for “Homecoming,” but not its carbon copy. She said, “There are some things that are the same that you will recognize completely [and] other aspects of the story that have been changed in some way, some of which I thought were really lovely changes.”
Norton goes on to give the reboot her blessing. She says, “I hope you will give it a chance. It was done with love and care. I think it’s worth a watch. Make up your own mind […] I think it’s charming, and I think you should give it a watch.”
She continues, “I know that […] if it goes forward it will likely need to find it’s own new audience. But all of you can certainly help bring that into being by getting behind it and giving it a chance. Our show took a while to grow and find its audience. It’s even harder for shows these days because they’re given so little time.”
Judy Norton definitely wants fans to give the film a chance and come to their own conclusions about it. She says that if the reboot goes to series, the producer wants to give as many guest roles to original “The Waltons” cast members as possible. Norton expresses her excitement for that prospect. So, if you don’t watch it for any other reason, maybe watch it because Mary Ellen Walton wants you to.