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A 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Reboot Starring Jared Padalecki is Happening

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Grab your white cowboy hat and start practicing those karate kicks because a "Walker, Texas Ranger" reboot is in the works. Deadline reports that "Supernatural" and "Gilmore Girls" star Jared Padalecki will star as a crime fighting Texas lawman for a new generation.

According to Deadline, the series is a straight reboot rather than a sequel, meaning Padalecki will play the role of Ranger Cordell Walker, which Chuck Norris made famous during the series original run. Padalecki will play a widower and father of two who returns to Austin, Texas after serving as an undercover officer for two years in a high profile case. He'll work alongside his new partner, who is one of the only women in Texas Rangers' history.

Deadline reports that the reboot is currently being shopped by CBS Studios, with the CW and CBS both showing interest in the series.

The series is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke and executive produced by Dan Lin ("Lethal Weapon") and Dan Spilo ("Sunnyside").

The original "Walker, Texas Ranger," inspired by the film "Lone Wolf McQuade," premiered in 1993 and ran until 2001. In addition to series star Chuck Norris, the show co-starred  Clarence Gilyard as Texas Ranger Sergeant James "Jimmy" Trivette, Sheree J. Wilson as Tarrant County Assistant D.A. Alexandra "Alex" Cahill, and Noble Willingham as retired Texas Ranger Captain C.D. Parker.

The original series was known for its strong moral code (and that awesome theme song) and while it was not always a critical favorite, it was one of the most successful television series of the '90s.

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A 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Reboot Starring Jared Padalecki is Happening