Aaron Sorkin confirms West Wing revival talks – but will the old cast return?

Aaron Sorkin has confirmed that there have been serious West Wing revival talks.

The West Wing – created by Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Allison Janney – ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006 and followed the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

The series was a precursor to what we now know as the golden era of TV, and there have been calls for it to return ever since it ended.

And now it seems it actually might.

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In a recent episode of The West Wing Weekly podcast, Sorkin was asked by Josh Lyman actor Bradley Whitford whether he would “consider bringing some characters back” for a reboot.

In response, the Molly’s Game director revealed that a conversation with NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt left him with the impression the network was interested in another season.

“‘I want you to do The West Wing again in some form,'” Sorkin recalled him saying. “‘You can do it for 9 episodes, 13 episodes. You do it with a different cast, the same cast.'”

The writer added: “Incredibly, the show has a legacy. The last thing I would want to do is harm that, so if I can come up with an idea that doesn’t feel like A Very Brady Christmas, if I can come up with an idea that works, then yeah.”

Previously, in a very candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin revealed how exactly he would want it to come back – including new cast additions.

“Sterling K Brown [of This Is Us and Black Panther] 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] Bartlett [played by Sheen], long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon,” he explained.

We say bring it all back. Old and new.

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