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‘Good Night, John Boy’: WALTONS Special Finalizes Cast

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‘Good Night, John Boy’: WALTONS Special Finalizes Cast

By Movieguide® Staff

The CW, which recently announced its 2021 slate of TV specials, revealed the complete cast for THE WALTONS: HOMECOMING.  

Deadline reported: “Ben Lawson stars as patriarch John Walton Sr., joining previously announced Bellamy Young who stars as his wife Olivia, Logan Shroyer (This is Us) as John Boy and Richard Thomas, who originally starred as John Boy Walton in The Waltons series, as ‘The Narrator.’”

The cast includes Marcelle Le Blanc as Mary Ellen Walton; Christian Finlayson as Jason Walton; Tatum Matthew as Erin Walton; Samuel Goergen as Jim Bob Walton; Callaway Corrick as Elizabeth Walton; Rebecca Koon as Grandma Walton; Alpha Trivette as Grandpa Walton; Marilyn McCoo as Sister Harriet and Billy Davis Jr. as Brother William. 

The classic show will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 television movie THE HOMECOMING: A CHRISTMAS STORY, which kickstarted THE WALTONS series.  

THE WALTONS ran for nine seasons and championed traditional family values. 

The upcoming installment is set in the 1933 Depression Era and follows John Boy. 

Deadline reported on the plot of The CW special: 

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.

Lawson’s John Walton Sr. is 42 years old, and as rugged as his horsehide flannel-lined jacket. He is Olivia’s (Bellamy Young) husband, and the father of their six children. He married Olivia when he was 21, and much against her family’s wishes, because John is not much of a practicing Christian. John has left the family farm to work at a mill in Charlottesville – but he’s thinking long and hard about going back to the land, like his father. He heads home on a bus to spend Christmas Eve with his family, but it’s a tortuous journey, thanks to a winter storm and a bus crash.

Movieguide® previously reported on The CW’s upcoming TV special, THE SCOOBY-DOO REUNION SPECIAL:

Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang are returning to TV by the end of 2021 in THE SCOOBY-DOO REUNION SPECIAL on The CW channel.

The CW also announced TV specials THE WALTONS: HOMECOMING and BEEBO SAVES CHRISTMAS.

“After 52 years of solving mysteries, THE SCOOBY-DOO REUNION SPECIAL sees the Scooby gang reunite at Warner Bros. Studios to reminisce about their favorite cases and how they were filmed. But it turns out that the back lot may have its OWN monster problem,” The CW shared in a new press release.

 

 

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