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The Walton family is back.

The CW is airing a new TV movie titled “The Waltons Homecoming” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” which premieres on November 28. The 1971 film introduced “The Waltons” to audiences for the first time, making a successful series that is still celebrated today.


Richard Thomas, who starred as the original Jon-Boy Walton, will serve as narrator on “Homecoming” in place of the late Earl Hammer Jr., who will pass the torch to Logan Schauer.

“The Waltons Homecoming”, described as “a healthy and touching holiday film that highlights the importance of family and kindness,” stars Bellamy Young,​—Ben Lawson and Marcel There is also LeBlanc.

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Thomas told Granthshala News he’s thrilled that the beloved series is getting the reboot treatment just in time for the holidays.

“I’m of the opinion that ‘The Waltons’ is a 50-year-old classic,” said the 70-year-old. “The classics are eventually adapted, updated, remastered and re-tested. I am glad that our show is in that category, and I hope the new version finds its audience as we did in 1971. Good luck to them.” “

The original CBS family drama, which focused on the lives of the Virginia Mountains family during the ’30s and ’40s, aired from 1972 to 1981. It is believed that the network greenlit the series in response to a hearing in Congress about the lack of a family. – Friendly programming.

Although the show initially did not impress viewers, it quickly became the second highest-rated series in primetime by season 2. Forbes informed of. Over the course of its nine seasons, it earned 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award—just to name a few. Six films made for television were launched after the series ended.

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Former cast members from left to right: Kami Kotler, Richard Thomas, Eric Scott and Judy Norton pose during a screening and reception celebrating

Several of the original cast told Granthshala News that they fully supported the reboot. They are hoping that this will introduce the family to a new generation of viewers. Ralph Waite, who served as beloved Chancellor John Walton Sr., died in 2014 at the age of 85.

“I support anything that hires our fellow cast members,” said Michael Learned, who starred as matriarch Olivia Walton. “‘The Waltons’ is about family, which is timeless. I was invited for a preview. However, a family emergency prevented me from participating. I love every member of the original cast such as They were my own. Best wishes to the new cast.”

Mary McDonough, who played her daughter, Erin Walton, agreed.

“I haven’t seen it yet, but I look forward to seeing it,” said the actress/writer. ‘I hear lovely things about the new ‘Homecoming’. Looking forward to seeing the new ‘Erin’. Many Walton fans have asked me over the years why there isn’t a show like ‘The Waltons’ to share with their kids. Now there is. I think it’s time for a new family show.”

Mary McDonough attends the 40th anniversary reunion of 'The Waltons' at the Wilshire Abel Theater on September 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Judy Norton, who plays Mary Ellen Walton, said curious viewers shouldn’t expect a replica of the original show. However, he insisted that the new TV film honor Hamner’s devotion to the family. He also noted that with the new cast the network has respected the show’s legacy during filming.

“Think of it like a new step-parent,” the actress explained. “They are not there to replace your parents, but to be another part of your life. However we appreciate all the love and support our audiences have given to ‘The Waltons’ over the past 50 years and Hopefully many more years to come – you are welcome to embrace this new presentation – not as a copy – but as something new.”

Actors Michael Learn and Ralph Waite attend the signing of Mary McDonough's book 'Lessons from the Mountain: What I Learned from Erin Walton' on April 16, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.  White died in 2014 at the age of 85.

The 63-year-old shared that now is the right time to revisit a story like “The Waltons.”

“The story of love, family and each other’s support is timeless,” she said. “The show is about the human spirit. The innate kindness and compassion of human beings when displayed in the best possible way. We can all achieve anything together. This show gave me a lot, but what I cherish the most is ‘Family’ is given to me.”

Kami Kotler, who plays young Elizabeth Walton, attends a screening for “Homecoming.” She acknowledged how many fans have hesitated to watch the film for fear that The CW was attempting to replace the “original family.”

“I don’t think anyone is changing anything,” she explained. “I think the reboot is honoring the timelessness and beauty of Earl Hammer’s story. Plus, if people want to see more shows like ‘The Waltons’ on TV today, I recommend that they watch The CW’s ‘Homecoming’.” ‘

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Actor John Walmsley performs the 40th anniversary reunion of 'The Waltons' at Landmark Lowe's - Jersey City on December 2, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

“…I’m encouraging people on my Facebook page to be careful about how they post about remakes,” the now-teacher continued. “The producers grew up with ‘The Waltons’ and wanted to bring a hot, holiday film to the screen. Let’s trust they did the best they could with the resources available. These are good people, and there’s always been a chance for filmmakers to come back.” or actors – including kids – will read your comments, so please remember to be kind with your words!”

John Walmsley, who plays Jason Walton, said he is not surprised that “The Waltons” will be remade. The accomplished maestro shared that he enjoys watching reboots of his favorite classic films.

“I’ve seen all four versions of ‘A Star Is Born’ – each is different and they are all great,” he claimed. “The fact that Earl Hammer’s characters and stories took place 50 years after they were written is a testament to the quality and timelessness of his writing.”

The 65-year-old said he would be ready to play a role if a sequel or series is made for a new TV film. Forbes teased that if enough viewers tune in, a regularly scheduled series could be possible, as well as guest appearances by some of the original actors.

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“It will depend on the role,” he said. “But I’d love to play a villain, a character who was the opposite of Jason, my original ‘Walton’ role.”

The original cast has stayed close over the years.

In 2017, 15 former artists headed to Virginia for a reunion at the Waltons Mountain Museum. The event also coincided with the one-year anniversary of the show’s creator, Hamner Jr. The Schuyler native died in 2016 at the age of 92.

“Amazingly, we’re all still close, which is a rare occurrence in television,” Walmsley said. “Usually, a show ends and everyone goes their separate ways. We see each other from time to time at fan events or at weddings or funerals, and more recently, on Zoom – just like real families. Kind. It’s always great to get together for a drink, a hug… and talk about what our kids are up to.”

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Cast members from left to right: Ben Lawson, Richard Thomas, Marcel LeBlanc, Christian Finlayson, Tatum Matthews, Callaway Couric, Bellamy Young and Logan Schauer pose during the screening and reception celebrating

Today, he is looking forward to see how the audience will react to “Ghar Wapsi”.

“I think The CW hopes to offer a program that families can watch together,” he said. “In 1971, most families had a television set. Now everyone in the family has their own television, not to mention computers and mobile phones. ‘The Waltons’ not only provides the opportunity to watch the family, but Hopefully there is a window into a time when multi-generational families spent more time together.”

“The Waltons” Homecoming airs Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.