Following his time on Supernatural, it does appear as though Jared Padalecki is settling into a new gig — and fittingly, it revolves around Texas.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Padalecki (who spends a lot of his time away from the CW show in Texas, and was born in San Antonio) is set to star in Walker, a reboot of the classic Walker, Texas Ranger that starred Chuck Norris for so many years. The project is from CBS TV Studios and while it’s too early to tell where it will end up or what it could look like (provided that it makes it onto the schedule), CBS does feel like a natural home. With the network’s new versions of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI, this feels almost like a perfect fit. The studio is set to sell the project out to a number of different homes. We do wonder if The CW could be a fit given that it does pick up many shows from CBS TV; also, they clearly do have that relationship with Jared already.
Jared’s version of the title character is Cordell Walker, described as “a man finding his way back to his family while serving in Texas’ most elite law enforcement unit. A widowed father of two, Cordell returns to his home in Austin after two years of undercover work on a high-profile case, only to discover there’s more work to be done at home.” This is just about what you would expect from this show, but it does give Jared a chance to play a different character than Sam Winchester, someone who is a father and someone battling threats that are a little less of the supernatural (pun intended) persuasion.
Anna Fricke (Valor) is set to be the writer for the new version of the series, while Padalecki himself will serve as an executive producer. It’s going to be a while before further details materialize — but given the popularity of the original show, there’s going to be some attention around this.
Do you like the idea of a new Walker, Texas Ranger reboot with Jared Padalecki?
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