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Picks and Pans Review: A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion

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CBS (Sun., Nov. 21, 9 p.m. ET)

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They’re back, all the folks from TV’s long-running rustic epic, just as aw-shucks sincere and hug-happy as ever. It’s 1963, and they’re reconvening on Walton’s Mountain for Thanksgiving—a filling holiday for TV’s most puritanical crew. But all is not sweetness and light: It’s the week JFK is assassinated.

Incredibly, almost all the original cast is back. John-Boy (Richard Thomas, who is profiled on page 79) is now a pious New York City TV personality. Jason (Jon Walmsley) is a struggling musician. Etc. Etc.

There’s breakfast conversation such as, “He’s been just impossible since his father went to Vietnam.” Hey, gotta cram in that exposition somehow. Homilies fly thicker than Christmas shopping catalogs.

So much turkey. So few trimmings.