WATCH: The West Wing is coming back (briefly)

I am a massive fan of The West Wing. There are several episodes (The Midterms, for example) where I am almost word perfect. So you can imagine how excited I am that it’s very briefly returning in an HBO Max special on Thursday. It’s being done for When we all vote, an organisation chaired by Michelle Obama to:

increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.

The cast will reunite to perform the 2002 episode Hartsfield’s Landing. It’s the one where Josh and Donna try to make sure that there as many Bartlet votes as possible in a small village in New Hampshire that votes at midnight. I love it.

The trailer, published this week, gave me goosebumps. If you haven’t seen it, enjoy.

I’ve heard that a lot of fans have this week been rewatching the episodes at the end of Season 4 which involve the invocation of the 25th Amendment for reasons that I can’t imagine.

It comes at a time when Democrat House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proposed legislation on the subject of the 25th Amendment, looking in more detail about when a President is unfit for office.

From the Guardian

The office of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, announced a Friday press conference about the bill after she expressed concern that Trump, who is under treatment for coronavirus at the White House, is suffering a “disassociation from reality”.

The president has unleashed a barrage of erratic and self-contradictory tweets and declarations in recent days that have left staff scrambling and raised concerns over his stability.

In a zig-zagging interview on the Fox Business channel on Thursday, his first since being hospitalised, Trump, 74, boasted: “I’m back, because I am a perfect physical specimen and I’m extremely young. And so I’m lucky in that way.”

If Aaron Sorkin had put forward scripts for the West Wing which outlined what is going on now, he would have been laughed out of the tv studio.

I still have the BBC series “In Obama’s White House” on my tv planner, but I can’t bear to watch it again because the reminder of a rational and competent government is too painful.

But, on Thursday, we will have the chance to remind ourselves of a fantastic tv series.

Obviously it can never be quite the same without John Spencer playing Chief of Staff Leo McGarry. He died during the filming of the final season and, for this reunion, is being played by Sterling K Brown. I am so looking forward to seeing how he fits into the role.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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4 Comments

  • Adrian Mark Sanders 11th Oct '20 - 10:25am

    I’m a great fan of the West Wing – I appear (uncredited) in the last episode of Series 6 – but this one-off looks like you need to subscribe to HBO. Is it likely to be seen on terrestrial TV that we pay enough already to enjoy through the licence fee?

  • I hope so Adrian. It’s being done for a non profit, so I hope that there will be some way of watching it after it’s been transmitted on Thursday.

  • John Marriott 12th Oct '20 - 11:13am

    Why have a TV show to depict life in the White House when we have the ‘Donald Trump Show’ offering us all the theatrical pantomime we need?

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