By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fourteen years after tv political drama “The West Wing” shut down its White Home set, the present is again with its idealized model of a U.S. president and a mission to get Individuals to the polls on Nov. three to decide on an actual one.
Martin Sheen – who performed the liberal-leaning U.S. President Jed Bartlet on the present – reunites with fictional White Home staffers portrayed by Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Dule Hill, Janel Maloney and Richard Schiff for a one-off particular to advertise voting.
“A West Wing Particular to Profit When We All Vote,” to be broadcast on HBO Max on Thursday, is a staged theatrical efficiency of an episode from 2002, known as “Hartsfield’s Touchdown,” wherein the cerebral Bartlet performs chess together with his aides whereas awaiting the outcomes of a state main election and coping with a brewing disaster over Taiwan.
“West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin mentioned it was chosen “as a result of the episode ended with a sense that we wished the viewers to have. A sense about voting.”
Whereas Sorkin wrote no updates to the script, the likes of former President Invoice Clinton, former first girl Michelle Obama and “Hamilton” musical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will seem throughout industrial breaks “giving details about voting, pulling down some untruths about voting, and doing it in their very own model,” Sorkin mentioned.
Sorkin mentioned he was a agency believer within the influential energy of flicks and tv in shaping concepts, however mentioned “The West Wing” can be no completely different if he was writing it in right now’s political setting.
“What the present was at all times about was a office drama set in a really fascinating office,” Sorkin mentioned.
“In our widespread tradition, our elected leaders are portrayed both as Machiavellian or as dolts. So I assumed, what if there’s a present the place these individuals are each bit as assured and devoted as docs and nurses on a hospital present or the legal professionals on a authorized drama.”
“The West Wing” ended its seven-year run in 2006 after profitable greater than 20 Emmy Awards. The particular was shot as a play in an empty theater in Los Angeles beneath coronavirus pointers.
“This Is Us” star Sterling Okay. Brown takes the function of chief of workers Leo McGarry following the dying in 2005 of actor John Spencer.
“It was transferring to have all people again collectively,” mentioned director Thomas Schlamme. “What was beautiful to me was how rapidly these actors slipped proper again into their characters.”
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Enhancing by Richard Chang)