THE WALTONS, SCOOBY-DOO Return to the Small Screen in Upcoming CW TV Specials
By Movieguide® Staff
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.
In “The Scooby-Doo Reunion Special,” the Mystery Inc. gang reunites at Warner Bros. Studios to reminisce about their favorite cases and how they were filmed. But it turns out that the backlot may have its own monster problem. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo investigate this mystery while celebrating the legacy of the franchise during this one-hour special.
Jonathan Stern will executive produce the special, which hails from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Abominable Pictures.
There are many movie adaptations of the classic animated show, with the most recent being SCOOB! Last year.
Movieguide®’s review reads:
SCOOB! is a new Scooby-Doo feature length animated movie that begins with an short origin story about how Scooby met Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma. After exposing a fake haunted house hiding stolen loot, the children decide to solve mysteries. Ten years later, Shaggy and Scooby are kicked out of Mystery, Inc. because an investor thinks they contribute nothing to the company. Fred, Daphne and Velma learn otherwise, when Shaggy and Scoob team up with the Blue Falcon to stop a villain trying to get his hands on the treasure of Alexander the Great. The gates hiding the treasure may also stop a monster from getting loose, however.
SCOOB! is an exciting, funny, touching parable on friendship. The jokes and the adventure fly rather swiftly, so the pace never lets up. However, the filmmakers know enough to pause the action just long enough to insert some heart into the story. Ultimately, friendship saves the day in SCOOB!, but the movie also contains some double entendres and lots of cartoon violence featuring scary robots and a scary monster. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children.
Then, the Waltons are one of the most beloved families in classic television. The Christmas special is set during the Depression in 1933 and is told through the eyes of John Boy. THE WALTONS: HOMECOMING will come on the 50th anniversary of THE HOMECOMING: A CHRISTMAS STORY.
According to Variety:
John Boy’s 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.
The special stars Bellamy Young as Olivia, Logan Shroyer as John Boy, and Richard Thomas, who originally starred as John Boy Walton in the beloved television series “The Waltons,” as The Narrator. 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.
Haskell previously won a Movieguide® Award for his work on DOLLY PARTON’S HEART STRINGS. He also executive produced DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE for which Parton won this year’s Grace Prize®.