Walker is an upcoming American television crime drama series, which is being developed by Anna Fricke, and will air on The CW. It is a reboot of the long-running 1993-2001 drama series which aired on CBS.
The reboot was announced in fall 2019 and in January 2020, The CW made a straight to series order.
The series is set to premiere in January 2021. It will air on Thursdays at 8pm.
"At the center of the series is Cordell Walker, a man finding his way back to his family while investigating crime in the state's most elite unit. Our broken widower and father of two returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years for a high profile case – only to discover that there's even more work to be done at home. In a nod to the original series, Walker and his new partner — one of the only women in Texas Rangers' history — are the modern day heroes our world needs, following their own moral code to fight for what's right, regardless of the rules."
Cast and characters
- Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker, a policeman who is a widower and father of two who returns to Austin, Texas to discover there is much work to be done, but even more work to be done at home.
- Lindsey Morgan as Micki, Walker's new partner who is tough in nature and has lived in Texas her entire life.
- Keegan Allen as Liam Walker, smart and smug, Liam is Walker's younger brother who is gay and conservative. Liam is a closer to Walker's children than he is, which often causes rifts between the two brothers. He has recently been promoted to assistant District Attorney.
- Mitch Pileggi as Bonham Walker, Walker's father who is a tough, conservative family man.
- Molly Hagan as Abeline Walker, Walker's mother who is a third generation Texas Ranger. She is smart, knowledgeable, and a supportive mother.
- Coby Bell as Captain Larry James, a trailblazer police officer with a gritty sense of humor.
- Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett, Micki's warm boyfriend who has just returned from Army Deployment and is having troubles adjusting back to a normal life.
- Pilot (2020)
On September 23, 2019, it was announced that a reboot was being developed of the popular series, with Supernatural album Jared Padalecki attached to star. The following month, it was announced that The CW had won the bidding war and would develop the series. In January 2020, The CW placed a straight to series order for the drama series. In May 2020, The CW announced that the series would now premiere in January 2021, taking over Jared's previously held Thursday Night slot on the network.
With the development announcement, it was confirmed that Jared Padalecki would star in the titular role. Lindsey Morgan was cast in the role of Micki on February 5, 2020, while Keegan Allen joined the cast on February 19, 2020. Mitch Pillegi joined the cast in a main role of Walker's father on February 21, 2020. On February 27, 2020, Molly Hagan was cast in the main role of Walker's mother, Abeline Walker. The very next day, on February 28, 2020, Coby Bell was cast in a main role. On March 4, 2020, Jeff Pierre joined the main cast.
The series will be filmed on location in Austin, Texas. Production of the pilot has been suspended following the 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic.
Changes from the Original
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- While the original series was produced by and starred Chuck Norris, Norris will have no invovlement in the reboot.
- However, it is possible he will endorse the series.
- The original series was produced by production companies started by the creators. These companies will also have no part in the series.
- Furthermore, Columbia Pictures, who produced the original series, is not producing the reboot.
- Wikipedia: Walker, Texas Ranger
- ↑ Deadline: The CW 2020-21 Schedule: New Season Launching In January, ‘Supernatural’ Conclusion & Acquisitions In Fall by Nellie Andreeva. May 14, 2020.
- ↑ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/devwatch/walker/
- ↑ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2020/02/05/development-update-wednesday-february-5-351110/13186/
- ↑ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2020/02/19/development-update-wednesday-february-19-16412/13199/
- ↑ https://deadline.com/2020/02/mitch-pileggi-co-star-walker-texas-ranger-reboot-1202865562/
- ↑ https://deadline.com/2020/02/molly-hagan-the-cw-walker-texas-ranger-reboot-1202869991/
- ↑ https://deadline.com/2020/02/coby-bell-co-star-the-cws-walker-texas-ranger-reboot-1202870446/
- ↑ https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/walker-texas-ranger-reboot-cw-jeff-pierre-1203523857/