‘Walker’ review: The Chuck Norris show gets a new look with Jared Padalecki as the Texas Ranger
Part of that modified profile needs to do with airing the series — referred to as a “reimagining,” however actually simply a method of leveraging the name — on the CW, a younger-skewing network than CBS. Undoubtedly, that’s specifically real compared to the ’90s when “Walker” patrolled Saturday nights along with Dr. Quinn, Medication Lady” and “Touched by an Angel,” shows that disproportionately appealed to more rural communities seeking the TV equivalent of comfort food.
Far from a taciturn loner, Cordell Walker comes home to Texas after an extended assignment out of town following the death of his wife. He comes back to a big, rambunctious family, including a pair of children (Violet Brinson, Kale Culley) harboring more just than the usual TV-teen resentments and rebellion, since dad shuffled them off to stay with their grandparents (Molly Hagan and “The X-Files'” Mitch Pileggi) while he was away.
As for work, Walker is a bit of a dinosaur, told in no-uncertain terms that the old ways of police work have “got to develop,” which might be a not-so-subtle cue to viewers that the previous show’s “kick initially, ask concerns later on” mentality was no longer going to fly.
“I’m discovering,” he says, in a way that sounds unexpectedly sincere.
Other than the cowboy hats and drawls, there’s not much to indicate the setting initially. Walker does get a new female partner in Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan), who — through a rather hastily incorporated run-in with a criminal — pretty quickly earns his respect.
CBS has enjoyed a fair amount of success with revivals like “Hawaii Five-O,” “Magnum P.I.” and MacGyver,” and name acknowledgment is a possession simply in regards to getting attention. Reality be informed, if this program was entitled “Miller,” chances are you would not read word one about it here.
The secret sauce here may be Padalecki and his easy-going beauty, which after a 15-year operate on “Supernatural” have actually practically entered into the CW’s DNA. One believes much of his fans will just enjoy to see him back in action, however even for them, “Walker” represents a reasonably subtle method to get your kicks.
“Walker” premieres Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. on the CW, which is half-owned by CNN moms and dad WarnerMedia.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.