Rumors of a the West Wing reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Thursday (January 21) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2022.
UPDATE 22/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 21 years since the West Wing first aired?! (21 years, 4 months, 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 80 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, Mary McCormack (who played Kate Harper between 2004 and 2006) said she 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 Kristin Chenoweth (who played Annabeth Schott 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, Rob Lowe 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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