Jared Padalecki might be saying goodbye to Supernatural, but that doesn't mean he's finished with The CW. Recently, it had been reported Padalecki would be starring in a remake of the Chuck Norris series Walker, Texas Ranger, though it wasn't clear where the project would end up. A new update confirms that The CW has ordered the reboot series, keeping Padalecki on the network for the foreseeable future. The network had been one of the top contenders to land the upcoming series, and Padalecki may have had a hand in the deal as well as the actor was reportedly looking to "stay close to home" for his next small screen project.
The new Walker, Texas Ranger is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke (Valor), with Dan Lin (Lethal Weapon) also executive producing. Taking over the role originally portrayed by Chuck Norris, Jared Padalecki will play Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two returning home to Austin, Texas after two years of undercover police work. The series will also introduced a new female partner for Walker, described as one of the first women in Texas Rangers' history. Amid clashes with his conservative family members and his attempt to reconnect with his children, Walker will also investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding his wife's death.
Padalecki is of course best known for starring on Supernatural, which has been airing on The CW since 2005. The sci-fi series follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they hunt demons, monsters, ghosts, and a variety of other supernatural beings. Just as big of a hit with critics as with viewers, the series boasts many 100% fresh ratings for different seasons on Rotten Tomatoes, with many others coming close. After running for eleven seasons, it set the record as the longest-running American live-action fantasy series. Although still very popular with its fan base, the series will see its end after fifteen seasons on the network, ultimately bowing out with over 300 episodes.
It's obviously been tough for big fans of Supernatural to prepare their goodbyes for the show after so many years. The series is now airing its fifth and final season on The CW, and it's been just as hard for those involved in the show to see it come to an end as well. Recently, Padalecki had gotten matching tattoos with co-stars Jensen Ackles and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who play his brother and father on the sci-fi series. Chances are, many diehard fans of the show will have their own Supernatural tattoos to forever remember the cult favorite series by.
As of now, there's no word on when we can expect to see the new version of Walker, Texas Ranger. Still, it's nice to know exactly where we can see it new the series arrived. After Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, and now the new Walker, Texas Ranger, The CW is definitely a second home for the Texas native. For the sake of Padalecki and his fans, let's hope the reboot sees the same levels of success as the original. This news comes to us from Deadline.