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08/3/17

 

The network is currently working with Aaron Sorkin, creator of the Emmy-winning NBC drama The West Wing on a live production of A Few Good Men. “I keep saying to him, ‘Do you want to do The West Wing again, wouldn’t it be great to do it?’ He says, ‘You know I love that show and some day I’d love to revisit it, but it’s not going to happen right now.’

 

http://deadline.com/2017/08/nbc-the-office-revival-30-rock-the-west-wing-er-1202142159/

 

11/29/17

 

There's also a standing offer from the same network to reboot The West Wing, which Sorkin considers on occasion. When asked if he'd introduce a Trump-like figure in his fictional White House, he winces, arguing that the current president holds no appeal for him, fictional or otherwise. "Trump is exactly what he looks like: a really dumb guy with an observable psychiatric disorder," he says. Sorkin's preferred scenario, he tells me, would involve "Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there's some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and [President] Bartlet [played by Martin Sheen], long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon." How he brings Allison Janney's C.J. Cregg or Bradley Whitford's Josh Lyman into the new scenario is where Sorkin gets stuck. “If I could think of a way of reviving it without it seeming like a Brady Bunch reunion, I would." So, for the time being, fans will have to settle for reruns.

 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/aaron-sorkin-goes-script-fears-critics-his-private-battles-behind-mollys-game-1062019

 

It's going to happen. It's only a matter of time. A revival seems more timely than ever. Are y'all game?


Edited by Barry Woodward - 11/29/17 at 11:23pm
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Where have you gone Jed Bartlett? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
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As the board's resident Sorkinologist:

 

No. 

 

That being said, Sterling K. Brown as the President is a cool idea.

 

A series focused on Sam Seaborn as Governor of California, trying to push for progressive policies under a aggressive, hostile Trump-like President? Better! 

 

(with lin-manuel miranda as the mayor of new york)

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As the board's resident Sorkinologist:

 

No. 

 

That being said, Sterling K. Brown as the President is a cool idea.

 

A series focused on Sam Seaborn as Governor of California, trying to push for progressive policies under a aggressive, hostile Trump-like President? Better! 

 

(with lin-manuel miranda as the mayor of new york)

 

 

Well, a) who elected you?!?!, and b) that's a fantastic idea.

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in response to a) oh god please don't make me post my old CHUD columns about Studio 60 and just let me say I've watched the Newsroom at least three times

 

in response to b) which one? 

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A Seaborn-based Governor of CA show, of course.

 

And goddamnit I wanted to like Studio 60 so much more... I was at that point in the latter half or a 10-year run as the co-creator/writer/co-producer of an off-(off-)Broadway sketch troupe.  But Studio 60 just. Wouldn't. Let. Me.

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His idea sounds more like a West Wing reunion movie or at best a 3-4 episode limited run series. Unless that idea is just the pilot.
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Why do a political show if you're not going to address the current political climate? The old West Wing was already practically a fairy tale compared to the reality in Washington THEN. Now it would be as flaccid and divorced from reality as Studio 60 or The Newsroom were.

 

There's a great show to be made about American politics today. But it's going to have to walk a line between The West Wing's optimism and House of Cards' nihilism if it wants to reside in reality at all. Otherwise, if you're going to tell a story of fantasy Washington, at least add some tits and dragons to make it FUN.

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I mean, you could do a fairly interesting West Wing reboot focused on the second term of an Obama-like president, generally popular but stymied at every turn by an even more recalcerant Congress (which, lest we forget, had gotten pretty ornery by the end of the series...though it remains to be seen how much Sorkin would keep from the last three years) and a Republican base that hates him and is becoming increasingly more nationalist and racist. Focus on the themes of this president trying to do good, while preserving his legacy, particularly against the rise of a Trump-like figure. The only problems there are you're automatically limited to four seasons (because it would end with this figure being elected) and I don't know how much you would want to actually focus on the election/rehashing the DNC primary. Which nobody - nobody - wants. 

 

I know this sounds silly, but there was a fanfiction I read years ago that I thought would make a great framework for a series: It posited that after leaving office, Bartlet, still a young-ish man, taught an honors course at a university - I think it was UNH, could have been Yale, but I like the idea of it being UNH - and several of the students he taught formed a friendship and were inspired to go into public service. The meat and potatoes of the fiction focused on these characters in their late twenties/early thirties, some of whom had left public service, some of whom hadn't, and being re-inspired by some event to be pulled back into public service/running for office. It was like the two-parter that opened season two, but on a much smaller scale. That always had merit, I thought, and you could do something like that framed against the election of a Trump-like figure. 

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West Wing fan fiction...

 

West Wing fan fiction...

 

West Wing fan fiction...

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Don't make me link it, Bart!!!

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I think I’m the only one watching it but “Designated Survivor” feels very much like West Wing lite...FWIW.
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