The Waltons is back. A TV movie inspired by everyone’s favorite 1970s family drama is premiering exclusively on the CW. And you can catch it next Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Waltons’ Homecoming is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the TV movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which was the precursor to The Waltons, according to the CW. Audiences can watch the new TV movie by downloading the CW app from Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. The CW also airs on devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Vizio Smart TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Airplay, Apple TV and Xbox One.
The Waltons’ Homecoming Is a Christmas Story
Like the TV series, the new TV movie will be set during the Depression and narrated from the perspective of John Boy. Original Waltons cast member Thomas will tell the story.
But this TV movie will also feature some fresh faces, per The Wrap. They include young John Boy actor Logan Shroyer, John Walton Sr. actor Ben Lawson, Olivia Walton actress Bellamy Young, Mary Ellen actress Marcelle LeBlanc, Jason actor Christian Finlayson, Erin actress Tatum Matthew, Jim Bob actor Samuel Goergen, Elizabeth actress Callaway Corrick, Grandma Walton actress Rebecca Coon, Grandpa Walton actor Alpha Trivette, Sister Harriet actress Marilyn McCoo and Brother William actor Billy Davis Jr.
In The Waltons’ Homecoming, the family is bracing for its first Christmas without John Sr. around. They are elated when a letter arrives saying John Sr. will make it home for Christmas, after all. Everyone pulls out all the stops for his return. But once they do, John Sr. goes M.I.A. So Olivia orders John Boy out into the winter storm to find his father, sending him on a journey that he’ll never forget.
Producing the TV movie is Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sam Haskell and Jim Strain executive produce. Lev L. Spiro directs.
Original TV Series Was Created by a Real-Life John Boy
The Waltons began in 1971. It ran for a full nine seasons on CBS. After its cancellation, six different spinoffs aired on CBS and NBC.
Earl Hamner Jr., who died in 2016 of bladder cancer, created the show. He reportedly based The Waltons on his family’s experiences in Schuyler, Virginia, where Hamner grew up. Meanwhile, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story derived from Hamner’s novel “Spencer’s Mountain,” which also inspired a 1963 film starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara.
Besides his work on The Waltons, Hamner also had the distinction of being the last surviving writer to have labored on The Twilight Zone.