“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.
(Pictured: Ben Lawson, left; Marcelle Le Blanc, center; Christian Finlayson, right)