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Jared Padalecki may be spotted more around town as he stars in "Walker," a reboot of the popular 90's crime series "Walker, Texas Ranger," that could be filmed in Austin.


KVUE reports, the city of Austin and Eye Productions are negotiating an incentive agreement which would allow "Walker" to start filming in Austin as soon as later this month until April 2021. The $141,326 incentive will allow the filming of 13 episodes.

Padalecki will be the title character "Cordell Walker" and the executive producer in the reboot of the original CBS action crime series which starred Chuck Norris for eight seasons.

On Michael Rosenbaum's podcast "Inside of You," Padalecki revealed he received a blessing from Norris to create the reboot.

In the new series Walker is a widower with two children who moves to Austin after working undercover for two years. Padalecki's wife, Genevieve Padalecki, will play his on-screen wife, Emily Walker.

Production for "Walker" was supposed to start in April but was pushed back due to the pandemic. Fans looking forward to the reboot will have to wait for the expected premiere in 2021 on the CW.

Padalecki is a San Antonio native and currently lives in Austin, frequently spotted around town, from the Austin City Limits music festival to 6th Street.

The actor rose to fame after appearing in the 2000's television series "Gilmore Girls" and is best known for his role as Sam Winchester on the popular Warner Bros. series, "Supernatural," along with Jensen Ackles, another Texas native. In 2008, Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed June 23 to be "Supernatural Day" in Austin. "Supernatural" finished filming its 15th and final season finale and is set to air on Oct. 8.

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James Van Der Beek joins Californian exodus, heading to Austin (Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

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The long-awaited day is here; Austin FC takes the field with LAFC. (Austonia)

It's matchday! Austin FC—Austin's first major league sport team—kicks off its debut season in Los Angeles today after years in the making. We know how much this means to our beloved city and are taking you along with us as we journey to LA!

Austin FC writer Claire Partain and I are excited to bring you game-day coverage straight from the City of Angels. Check back here for updates, and visit our socials: @austonianews for the latest.

5 p.m: Kickoff!

It's finally here! Claire will be updating Austonia's Twitter account live. And we'll post her game recap after the game. Best of luck Verdes!

4:40 p.m: Excitement radiates back home

Watch parties are in plenty supply back home. Austonia's Laura Figi visited Circle Brewing Co. and found a crowd of excited supporters.

4:20 p.m: Austin FC supporters are in the stadium

Although the Banc of California Stadium is hosting the match at limited capacity, we see some green in the stands ahead of kickoff. Just moments away from the Austin FC's debut!

~3:20 p.m: Austin FC's team bus enters the stadium grounds

With a warm welcome from Los Verdes, Austin FC players were welcomed into the Banc of California Stadium.

~1 p.m: Los Verdes in LA

(Rigo Rodriguez/Los Verdes)

Austin FC supporters are making their presence known in LA, including the Los Verdes group.

Los Verdes members started having match-day fun around the area this morning with brunch. We'll be joining them about an hour before the game outside the stadium to share some of their excitement. We'll post immediately to Austonia's Instagram.

11:45 a.m: We landed!

View from hotel room where we're staying; the stadium digital sign can be seen in the right corner. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

Switching over to pacific time, we're here and it's almost like no time went by. It's 9:45 a.m. here.

We've been in contact with Los Verdes, an Austin FC supporter group, who is also here in LA counting down to kickoff.

8:20 a.m: LA bound

Like many of you, we've been looking forward to this moment for, let's just say, a very long time. Today, we woke up bright and early, headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and hopped on a flight to LA.

A gloomy day in Austin with a very quiet airport, we're headed to sunny skies in California.

As we wait for the game to start at 4:30 p.m., check out Claire's preview of the game with a predicted lineup and timeline of the long journey to get here.


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Years before the city of Austin went Verde, thousands of the city's soccer fans formed a supporters' group—MLS in Austin—for a team that didn't even exist yet.

Now, as the team's catchphrase suggests, those same fans are #LISTOS as they prepare to see their team on national television at Austin FC's debut on Saturday.

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