Reboots, reboots, and more reboots. It’s the sign of the times, kind of like wearing a mask while driving in your car alone. It happens and you’re seeing more of it. We can now count Walker, Texas Ranger as another reboot that isn’t necessary but is happening anyway.
What’s your favorite Chuck Norris’ism. There are many. Too many to count even though Chuck Norris counted to infinity… twice. You can see where we are going with this.
It’s hard, in general, to take a reboot seriously but one involving Chuck Norris is just hard to fathom. Especially if he won’t be part of the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot. Or would he, if asked? But the man who could strangle you with a cordless phone and make onions cry hasn’t been asked. At least not yet.
MEET THE NEW WALKER, TEXAS RANGER
The new Walker is Jared Padalecki, fresh off the CW hit Supernatural. After playing Sam Winchester for 15 seasons on the series (which will be wrapping up the series with its finale in November), Padalecki will trade his supernatural ways for a more mundane existence as Walker in the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot.
Here’s your first look at Jared Padalecki doing his best Chuck Norris look…
And for comparison, here’s the original…
Jared’s Chuck Norris beard is on point.
THE PLOT OF WALKER, TEXAS RANGER
In this updated version of Walker, Texas Ranger Cordell Walker is a father of two and also a widower. He is a cop who had been undercover for two years, now returning home in Austin where he attempts to reconnect with his children and deal with the litany of family troubles.
He also tries to find common ground with his new Texas Ranger partner Micki, played by Lindsey Morgan (General Hospital, The 100) as she is one of the first women to wear a Texas Ranger uniform. As Walker tries to put his life back together, he also becomes suspicious about his wife’s death.
The original series featured more of a stand-alone type feel to it. Individual episodes that Walker wrapped up at the end of each. While the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot will also deal with these same aspects, it also appears that there will be mysteries that Walker must solve that could take an entire season, as evidenced by his suspicions of his wife’s death. Certainly not something he will solve in one episode.
THE REST OF THE WALKER REBOOT CAST
With it looking more and more like Chuck Norris won’t be at least making a cameo (he is over 80 by the way) in the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot, there are others who have joined the cast. We have already mentioned Morgan as Walker’s new partner, but also along for the reboot will be Jeff Pierre (Once Upon A Time, The Rookie) as Morgan’s boyfriend, Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars, Rick and Morty), Coby Bell (The Gifted, Seal Team), Violet Brinson and Kale Culley as Walker’s children and Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files, American Horror Story) as Walker’s father.
THE REBOOT TEAM
The original Walker, Texas Ranger was created by Christopher Canaan, Leslie Greif, Paul Haggis, and Al Ruddy but it doesn’t look like any of those four will be part of the new Walker, Texas Ranger reboot.
Instead, it will be Anna Fricke who is responsible for the reboot as she is the series showrunner. Her background includes producing shows such as Being Human, Men in Trees, Wayward Pines, and Minority Report. As this is a CW production, her ties even go back to before the CW, when it was the WB, with her involvement in the series Everwood.
WALKER’S REBOOT PREMIERE DATE
There is no official premiere date set for the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot as COVID continues to wreak havoc on anything and everything TV and movies. The hope was getting a glimpse of the new Walker before the year ended, but that may be pushing it. So best guess is a Spring 2021 premiere.
And that leaves us with only one more question. Are they are going to let Jared Padalecki sing the theme song? Because we all know Chuck Norris’ talents. Not only did he sing the theme song for his Walker series, but he can also play the violin… with a piano.