NBC says Seinfeld and Friends revivals will never happen, but door's open for The West Wing

The success of the Will & Grace and Roseanne revivals has stirred up talk of revisiting virtually every successful sitcom, including The Office (but in that case, only for a holiday special), as well as many dramas. But NBC is actually showing some restraint in that regard—at a recent Hollywood Reporter event, network…

Designated Survivor is back, and is still trying to be two shows at once

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The world is full of stories that have already been told. It’s nearly impossible, in fact, to avoid all tropes and formulas when you’re making something new, because those familiar elements of storytelling are part of a language we all speak. It becomes a problem only when it’s a) plagiarism, or b) when it so lacks…

Aaron Sorkin would reboot The West Wing with Sterling K. Brown as president

Fans of The West Wing have wanted a revival since around the time the show wrapped its final season, a desire that has been heightened now that we seem destined for a Margaret Atwood-inspired reality. Who doesn’t want to relive Jed Bartlet’s presidency, or at the very least, his sartorial choices, now that we have a…

The West Wing cast has no time for Sarah Sanders comparing herself to C.J. Cregg

As a show about people at the highest echelons of government power who are funny, principled, and actually good at their jobs, The West Wing is aspirational porn for people who have already achieved most of their higher aspirations. So we get why White House press secretary Sarah Sanders—whose reputation is such that…

Martin Sheen doesn’t think celebrity qualifies you for the presidency

It’s hard to believe that, with an acting career that spans five decades and multiple genres, there are some movies Martin Sheen has struggled to get made. 2011’s The Way, a family collaboration with his son Emilio Estevez and grandson Taylor Estevez, was only completed after Sheen mortgaged his home to provide the…

Allison Janney knows what her West Wing character would have told Sean Spicer

The current administration has a pretty clear problem with communication, having torn through four communications directors and two press secretaries within the first eight months of Trump’s presidency. As it turns out, trying to spin the president’s lies isn’t an easy job. Someone who’s familiar with the (fictional)…

NBC wouldn’t mind bringing back every popular show it’s ever had

NBC outed itself as what we can only describe as thirsty at the TCAs today, with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt telling reporters that he frequently presses the folks behind the network’s most beloved shows to bring them back for a Will And Grace-style revival season. Rattling off his wish list, Greenblatt…

Allison Janney says she’d be down for a West Wing reboot

Allison Janney says she’s down for a West Wing reboot, though she says it would need to be done with a whole new cast. In an interview with Variety, Janney—who played C.J. Cregg on the original Aaron Sorkin production—said that “it would be just a great time for West Wing now, for whoever is disillusioned by what’s…

Lin-Manuel Miranda releases a rap track inspired by The West Wing

The many loves of the always enthusiastic Lin-Manuel Miranda include rap and The West Wing. Just as he fused the former with historic American politics in Hamilton, he has now combined it with Aaron Sorkin’s beloved drama in the newly released track titled “What’s Next?” In the verses, Miranda finds a way to work in…

What song is inextricably linked to a film or TV show for you?

Inspired by a nearly decade-old inventory of songs firmly linked to films, this week’s question comes from reader Drew Evans:

The West Wing’s C.J. Cregg dropped in on today’s White House press briefing

With the White House Correspondents’ Dinner coming tomorrow night, things are starting to get zany in Washington, DC. First came the list of confirmed celebrity guests for the affair, which mashed up everyone from Fox News tagalong Jeff Goldblum to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s recruit Candace Cameron Bure and …

Supercut proves Martin Sheen sure did flip his jacket a lot on The West Wing

Characters on Aaron Sorkin shows, famed for their rapid-fire hallway “walk and talk” scenes, must learn to multitask if they’re going to survive and thrive. After all, a character like President Jed Bartlet on Sorkin’s The West Wing has a lot to accomplish in those dialogue-heavy, 42-minute episodes. As YouTuber Simon…