”The Waltons: Homecoming” special at CW has added ten new cast members.
Ben Lawson, Marcelle LeBlanc, Christian Finlayson, Tatum Matthews, Samuel Goergen, Callaway Corrick, Rebecca Koon, Alpha Trivette, Marilyn McCoo, and Billy Davis Jr. will all star in the special. They join previously announced stars Bellamy Young, who plays Olivia Walton, Logan Shroyer, who plays John Boy, and Richard Thomas, who originally starred as John Boy Walton in the beloved television series “The Waltons,” in the role of The Narrator.
“The Waltons: Homecoming” comes on the 50th anniversary of “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” which aired on CBS in 1971. It is set in the 1933 Depression Era and told through the eyes of John Boy (Shroyer), the 17-year-old eldest child of John (Lawson) and Olivia Walton (Young). His mother expects John Boy to help her raise his sisters and brothers, and his father expects him to follow in his footsteps to help support the family, but secretly, John Boy wants to be a writer. Times are hard enough in 1933, but to make matters worse, it looked to be the Waltons’ first Christmas without John Sr. When Olivia receives a letter that John Sr. is planning to make it home for Christmas after all, the family is thrilled and races to prepare for his homecoming. But when a storm threatens his arrival on Christmas Eve, and John Sr. is nowhere to be found, Olivia sends John Boy out into the night to find his daddy – a journey that will change John Boy’s life forever.
As for the rest of the cast: LeBlanc stars as Mary Ellen Walton; Finlayson stars as Jason Walton; Matthews stars as Erin Walton; Goergen stars as Jim Bob Walton; Corrick stars as Elizabeth Walton; Koon stars as Grandma Walton; Trivette stars as Grandpa Walton; McCoo stars as Sister Harriet; and Davis Jr. stars as Brother William.
The television movie is produced by Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producer Sam Haskell and writer/co-executive producer Jim Strain. Lev L. Spiro is the director. Billy Levin will produce with Bobby Kelly co-producing. “The Waltons” original series was created by Earl Hamner, Jr.
I wonder how much Warner Bros. is paying Earl's family for the rights to make this film? I imagine Earl's family has ownership of his story. It will be awhile before it goes into public domain (2065)*.
Sadly, I won't get to see this until it comes out on DVD. The most I may see are trailers they may post on YT or around the net.
*(The ,novel publ. 1970 + 95 yrs = 2065)
* formerly Zadok, who needed to go tend some apple trees over in Big Spruce
I don’t know who any of these people are. Except for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis. Maybe they’ll sing Up, Up, and Away.
McCoo is married to fellow 5th Dimension bandmate Billy Davis Jr. On July 26, 2019, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple shared their story of love and faith in the 2004 book, Up, Up and Away. They continue to perform together in venues around the country. McCoo is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. She is an emerita member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Mission. McCoo and Davis are born-again Christians.
Post by baseballfan on Jun 20, 2021 22:48:44 GMT -5
I’m wondering have they said there might be p,and for an updated series if the movie does well?? I’m thinking maybe that’s why they’ve hired a lot of unknown actors to star in it and it’s something that Richard Thomas could continue to do as the narrator along with other projects.
Post by avaleewalton on Jul 3, 2021 16:39:31 GMT -5
Oh my goodness this is so exciting!!! I'm gradually accepting the idea of a new cast more and more-as much as the old cast will always be the characters to me. I really, really hope Ben hasn't been cut out! His character means so much to me 😢
As far as the other kids, I looked up all their actresses and actors and they all look like they could do a great job ❤️😊