There’s a brand new ranger on the town.
In “Walker,” The CW’s slick reboot of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” the well-known Lone Star lawman (Jared Padelecki) groups up with one of many first feminine rangers, Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan).
“I did loads of analysis about girls in regulation enforcement,” Morgan, 30, tells The Post from the “Walker” set, at present capturing on location in Austin, TX.
“Walker is on the middle of loads of sturdy girls in his life,” she says. “I feel it brings a brand new coloration to this Western lore. I like [Micki’s] energy, I like her notion. She’s very good and observant. She has a maturity in regards to the world.
“She can have a look at a state of affairs and see it from all sides.”
The authentic collection aired on CBS (1993-2001) and starred Chuck Norris because the titular Walker, a Dallas-Fort Worth-based member of the state-bureau stage Texas Rangers who was partnered with former Dallas Cowboys participant Jimmy Trivette (Clarence Gilyard).
The reboot, premiering Thursday (Jan. 21) at 8 p.m., follows Cordell Walker (Padelecki, contemporary off a 15-year run on “Supernatural”), a widower who’s returning dwelling to his household in Austin after spending time on an undercover project. There, he clashes along with his youngsters and brother Liam (Keegan Allen), probes his spouse’s mysterious demise and bonds along with his new companion, Micki.
“He is actually a 6-foot-4 big child,” Morgan says about Padelecki. “He actually retains you on your toes and provides you a lot to work with. We’ve been having a blast.”
Morgan, who has appeared in “General Hospital” and “How I Met Your Mother,” is greatest recognized for starring in The CW’s seven-season dystopian drama “The 100,” which led to September. But similar to Micki, she’s from Texas and is Mexican-American — making her “Walker” position hit dwelling, she says.
“When I learn the script, it resonated in a very private means for me,” she says. “I grew up in Texas and the story of my character felt like a little bit of a narrative of what my life might have been if I had stayed in Texas and did not pursue appearing. I suppose I might have seen myself being this girl. I have never been again actually, particularly to Austin — it is turn out to be a real full-circle second for me.”
Even as a local Texan, nonetheless, Morgan nonetheless needed to spruce up her abilities for “Walker.”
“I already know find out how to trip a horse and shoot a gun, however to not this stage. I’d by no means galloped on horses or knew about loading and unloading weapons,” she says. “I bought right here a few month early and we had horse and gun coaching. That actually helped me.”
But as a lot as she ready for the bodily calls for of the half, she deliberately stayed away from watching the unique “Walker, Texas Ranger” collection, she says.
“I’ve by no means seen [the original] as a result of I used to be instructed to not watch it,” she says. “We’re doing a very new reimagining. [Executive Producer Anna Fricke] needed me to haven’t any preconceived notions and contemporary eyes after I got here to the piece.
“Granted, I did not dwell beneath a rock,” she says. “So I knew what it’s and who Chuck Norris is and the way he has superb Kung fu abilities. But past that, I’m fairly naïve in regards to the authentic — I’m tempted to observe it!”