‘Scooby-Doo,’ ‘The Waltons’ Are Back: The CW Announces New Specials For Fourth Quarter

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April Neale

Everything old is new again on The CW, as they mine the early 1970s for beloved content for their fourth quarter in 2021. Today The CW announced that The Waltons’ Homecoming and The Scooby-Doo Reunion Special are toplining their upcoming slate.

All dates and times are to be announced.

The new Waltons’ movie takes us all back to Walton Mountain, as the special stars Bellamy Young and Logan Shroyer and is narrated by John Boy himself, Richard Thomas.

The CW brings back The Waltons.

The Waltons first aired in 1972 and it quickly became a cultural touchstone. The drama series about a rural family in Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II struck a chord. Author Earl Hamner Jr. created the series, based on his 1961 book, Spencer’s Mountain, and the 1963 eponymous film.

This new special commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Homecoming: A Christmas Story television movie, which aired December 19, 1971. That film launched The Waltons TV series.

The cast for the new special includes Bellamy Young as Olivia, Logan Shroyer as John Boy, and Richard Thomas. Thomas originally starred as John Boy Walton in 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.

The CW says:

The Waltons’ Homecoming is set in the 1933 Depression Era and told through the eyes of John Boy, the 17-year-old eldest child of John and Olivia Walton. 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.


Also, coming back from 1969, the Mystery Machine will be resurrected as The Scooby Gang lives in a new special. The Scooby-Doo Reunion Special brings the old gang back into action.

The CW says:

After 52 years of solving mysteries, 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 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 from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Abominable Pictures.

Other content coming from The CW

Beebo Saves Christmas stars Ben Diskin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ernie Hudson, and Victor Garber. This new animated one-hour special sees everyone’s favorite fuzzy toy once again become a hero as he hopes to save Christmas.

When Sprinkles, an obsessed elf, decides that Christmas would be better off without Santa Claus, Beebo and his friends travel to the North Pole to help discover what truly makes Christmas meaningful.

The CW says:

Starring Ben Diskin as the voice of Beebo, Kimiko Glenn as the voice of Tweebo, Yvette Nicole Brown as the voice of Turbo, Keith Ferguson as the voice of Fleabo, Chris Kattan as the voice of Sprinkles, Ernie Hudson as the voice of Santa and Victor Garber as the narrator. Beebo Saves Christmas is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and is written by Matt Maala and Kevin Shinick and executive produced by Sam Register, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Phil Klemmer, Grainne Godfree, Marc Guggenheim and Keto Shimizu.

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