Rumors of a the West Wing reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Tuesday (August 9) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2023.
UPDATE 10/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 22 years since the West Wing first aired?! (22 years, 10 months, 19 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did the West Wing end?
When the West Wing came to an end after 7 years in May 2006, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a West Wing reunion disappoint people?
The West Wing aired from 1999-2006 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Sheen said he's not sure if the West Wing would work today. “I don't want to see old President Josiah Bartlet,” he told a journalist (Sheen turned 82 in August). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a West Wing movie?
In a recent interview, Gary Cole (who played Vice President Bob Russell between 2003 and 2006) said he can't imagine a West Wing reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Mary McCormack (who played Kate Harper between 2004 and 2006) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a West Wing movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a West Wing film, Elisabeth Moss stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a West Wing reboot?
Recasting the West Wing for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a West Wing reunion, a West Wing movie, or a West Wing reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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