36 Secrets About The West Wing–Including What's Next

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Democratic Candidate Pop Culture Survey, West WingNBC

For years now, Aaron Sorkin and the cast of his 26-time Emmy-winning, impeccably written, politically minded creation have been inundated with the same question: What’s next? 

As in, would we ever again get to peek inside the most aspirational of White Houses, into a place that gave people hope a world of politics could exist that coupled the requisite dirty dealings and one-upmanship with bipartisan cooperation and the ever-present desire to actually do good. 

“It’s nice to think about,” Allison Janney told Jimmy Kimmel in January of slipping back into C.J. Cregg’s suits for another term in The West Wing cabinet. “I think everybody wants to think about it now because, you know, it was a Camelot administration on The West Wing. It was the way you hope that people in government [would be].”

It was rousing, motivational; it showcased the best of people; it taught us that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. And for many—against the backdrop of the current divisive climate—revisiting all seven seasons on Netflix feels as heartwarming as the first time we saw President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) give Charlie (Dulé Hill) his family’s knife set. So, really, Aaron, can a fan get a reboot up in here? 

Finally, in late August, he answered our pleas

The West Wing is returning…for one night only Oct. 15, with Sheen, Janney, Hill, Rob LoweBradley Whitford and Janel Moloney reprising their roles for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, a staged version of season three’s “Hartsfield Landing” episode. The HBO Max project was created to support Michelle Obama‘s nonpartisan get out the vote initiative.  

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