The West Wing is another one of those series that gets a good deal of consistent revival talk. It’s looked back on by pretentious TV folks with a lot of fondness (hey, no judgment from me, I enjoyed it too), and given how active Aaron Sorkin still is in the entertainment industry, there has always been that chance we’d get to see him take another swing at this beloved series, which chronicled the day-to-day within the West Wing of the White House.
But is this something that would ever truly happen? It’s easy to talk about something, But Sorkin hasn’t exactly been static over the past few years. Not too long ago, his directorial debut came out, and last I heard, his play was making the rounds on Broadway. Would the man ever return to his network TV roots? It sounds like a possibility, as said by actor Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler on the show. Here’s what he said, speaking with the I Could Never Be podcast:
“Aaron has said he wanted it to happen. [He] might go with a new administration, in which case, you know, some of us might show up as consultants…it makes no sense, maybe one or two of us to be in the White House.”
Of course, given how much time has passed since that first series, going with the same administration would certainly have all sorts of implications regarding the political landscape of that world, so it would only make sense that it would be a completely different batch of characters. Going forward in the timeline and into topics plaguing our modern world while occasionally reaching back to older characters seems like the logical way to go.
In the interview, Schiff went on to pitch a unique take on the show, which would head to state-level politics outside of the West Wing, as he believes that whole White House deal has now been done to death.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of such a revival. Back in late-2017, we heard some buzz, so none of this talk means anything is actually happening with the show.
But forget The West Wing. The real show I wanna see return to TV is The Newsroom. No matter where you stand politically, that series covering today’s world of politics would be quite the engaging watch.
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