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Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 7:34AM EST
Richard Schiff says he's talked to Aaron Sorkin about a potential West Wing reboot
“Aaron has said he wanted it to happen,” Schiff said on his appearance on the Popcorn Talk Network’s I Could Never Be podcast. Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler, adds that the potential reboot “might go with a new administration, in which case, you know, some of us might show up as consultants…it makes no sense, maybe one or two of us to be in the White House.”
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
The West Wing cast and crew say it's almost impossible to do the show in the Trump era
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I feel like the fakest thing about the show is that we had rational Republicans," said Bradley Whitford, speaking at Politicon over the weekend. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who wrote and produced on The West Wing, added: "As a writer, I think it would be impossible to write this show now."
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Rob Lowe is pushing for a West Wing revival
Source: Page Six
“I was watching all the reboots come out and look, I love Murphy Brown as much as the next person, and who doesn’t? But I think it’s time to get the old gang back together,” Lowe said on The Late Show.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Liberals are turning to The West Wing for escapism from the Trump presidency
Source: The Washington Post
The Aaron Sorkin drama is not just a sharp contrast from President Trump's administration -- it's a far cry from recent White House TV depictions. "The West Wing ran from 1999 to 2006, predating TV’s full pivot toward anti-heroes, as political shows turned to the craven operators on House of Cards and Scandal and childish bumblers on Veep," says Zachary Pincus-Roth. "In one episode, the president appoints two Supreme Court justices, one liberal and one conservative, in the name of spirited debate. A Republican presidential candidate argues for free trade, and the winning Democrat wants to make him secretary of state." Pincus-Roth adds: "Revisiting the series on Netflix means revisiting moderation, collegiality, principles over partisanship. Compare the virtuous-to-a-fault communications director (Toby) Ziegler to the 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci. The characters forget their own imperfections but help each other overcome them." Richard Schiff, who played Ziegler and who now stars on The Good Doctor, first noticed "a massive spike" in interest in the show during the 2016 presidential campaign. That year also saw the launch of The West Wing Weekly, the Joshua Malina co-hosted podcast that averages 1.3 million downloads a month. Even Sorkin can't shake the contrast between the Bartlet administration and the Trump administration. “It was always aspirational, but not so fantastical that it didn’t feel like it was possible,” he said, and “not in the sense of ‘Let me teach you how it should be done,'" says Sorkin, adding: “If you were to watch West Wing in the age of Trump, you could watch a simple C.J. Cregg press conference about nothing . . . and I think feel a sense of ‘Isn’t that what a press conference should look like and sound like?’ And not a crazy thing where a woman is, you know, just plainly lying.”
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Joshua Malina teases a West Wing reboot while dining with Aaron Sorkin, Janel Moloney and Bradley Whitford
Source: TV Guide
"Talking reboot," Malina tweeted last night. The notorious prankster also grabbed ahold of Whitford's phone, and tweeted "I'm horny."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Producer John Wells: A West Wing reboot would "tarnish" its legacy because the U.S. is too polarized
The mega-producer behind The West Wing and ER isn't interested in reviving his two biggest hits. "The West Wing is the one people pester us about constantly," Wells tells Variety. "I have continued to say no, we’re not going to do it. I don’t want to do it even though it’s the one that I think there are actually ways to do it. But not given the political climate now." Pointing out that Republicans and Democrats were fans of the original NBC political drama, Wells says: "The country is so polarized right now I think announcing that we were going to try to do any version would greatly tarnish what it was. Because I think it would be assumed to be a liberal screed rather than an opportunity to do what it was originally designed to be. We had our moments of standing on a soapbox, but for the most part it was about the sacrifices people made to be in government, and how difficult it was to get things done, how compromise was required. It was about service and the ideal of who we’re supposed to be as a country. This is a fraught time to try to enter into that conversation. I think it would be a very bad idea to try to go back in now.” Wells also emphasizes he's not interested in an ER revival, noting that Shonda Rhimes and others have picked up the "medical show banner." But there is one of his hit shows that he would revive: Southland. “That one finished too soon,” he says. “I would love to do that (show) again. We’ve tried a couple of times. It’s going to be hard because everyone’s a star now.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Aaron Sorkin: NBC offered to give me free reign on a West Wing revival, but I don't want to make A Very Brady Christmas
Sorkin said on Monday's edition of The West Wing Weekly podcast that NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told him, "I want you to do The West Wing again in some form. You can do it for nine episodes, 13 episodes. You do it with a different cast, the same cast." Sorkin said, though, that he didn't want to harm the show's legacy. "The last thing I would want to do is harm that, so if I can come up with an idea that doesn’t feel like A Very Brady Christmas, if I can come up with an idea that works, then yeah," he said.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Alan Alda is launching a podcast
"Really excited," tweeted the 82-year-old former M*A*S*H and West Wing star. "My podcast starts July 10. I’ll be talking with fascinating people about relating and communicating. Some are famous fascinating people, but all have insight into making ourselves understood by those who are most important to us - in every area of life. Tune in."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
NBC boss on revivals: The Office and The West Wing could come back, but not Friends or Seinfeld
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"We can't just reboot everything," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, referring to what he calls the "reboot genre." Friends and Seinfeld won't be coming back, he said in a Hollywood Reporter Q&A. He also doesn't see a Cheers revival happening. "I'd love to have the Cheers reboot if it were 20 years ago," he said. The Office could come back with a new cast, he said, adding that Aaron Sorkin is welcome to revive The West Wing "if he weren't busy doing 10 other extraordinary things." Greenblatt wasn't asked about a potential Mad About You revival. Still, Greenblatt says there's a major complication in bringing back old shows with their original casts: "The actors want a lot more money than we're willing to pay them."
Posted Saturday 3/10/18 at 6:13PM EST
Martin Sheen wouldn't mind playing The West Wing's President Bartlet again
Source: Los Angeles Times
"In the last year and a half, the reaction to The West Wing has been phenomenal," Sheen said of the Trump administration creating new fans of his TV presidency. "I think it has been a source of inspiration and comfort to a lot of people. It is, in essence, a parallel universe." Asked by the Los Angeles Times if he'd like to revisit his famous role, Sheen said: "I don't know how much time I've got left. But I wouldn't mind spending it making a positive contribution in a public way. That would be very satisfying."
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 9:38PM EST
Martin Sheen hasn't seen This Is Us, but he would be cool with Sterling K. Brown becoming the next West Wing president
“I have heard of him, but I have not seen the show, so I couldn’t speak to his talent” says Sheen, responding to Aaron Sorkin saying he would cast Brown as the president if he were to bring back The West Wing. “But if Aaron were to choose him, I would have 100 percent confidence in him.”
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Is The West Wing's Josh and Donna relationship problematic in the #MeToo era?
Source: The Washington Post
The Aaron Sorkin drama has a "Donna Problem," Monica Hesse says of Bradley Whitford's Josh Lyman and Janel Moloney's Donna Moss. Through the lens of a post-#MeToo viewing of the show, Josh's character displayed troubling behavior, especially as a boss, in the six seasons before they eventually started dating. "Has Josh harassed Donna? Not really, by legal definition," says Hesse. "But has Josh’s possessive sexual interest in his underling held back her career? Probably: When she finally quits, she quickly rises through the ranks of another political campaign. More important, is Josh’s behavior an example of what we’re currently trying to educate men not to do in the workplace? Yes. Absolutely. Don’t be Josh. Josh’s behavior used to be considered cute. It’s not cute anymore."
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
Mom books Kristin Chenoweth
Source: TV Insider
Chenoweth's guest appearance will reunite her with former West Wing co-star Allison Janney. "She plays a spiritual advisor to Jaime Pressly's Jill," says executive producer Chuck Lorre. "It's not a healthy relationship; it's a bit of a con. But she plays something of a guru."
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Aaron Sorkin: A Trump-inspired West Wing wouldn’t work because “there’s no subtext, there’s no nuance”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“He only talks about two things: himself and his enemies, and that’s it,” Sorkin says of the president in an interview with Nightline. “It’s a character that, you wouldn’t believe the character in a drama. He doesn’t have any of the qualities that you need to tell a story. There’s just no blood there.”
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
Aaron Sorkin weighs in on the #MeToo movement
Source: The Cut
The West Wing and The Newsroom creator tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: “I’ll read from time to time that all of the alleged victims deserve to be believed, that all of the women deserve to be believed, and I don’t agree with that. I think that all of the women deserve to be heard, I think that all of the women deserve to be taken seriously, but I think that the accused deserve to be heard and taken seriously, too. Otherwise, what we have is a mob.” ALSO: The Newsroom alum Chris Messina wishes the HBO series was still around to cover Trump.