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West Wing Cast Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Show's Finale by Advocating for Veterans

West Wing Cast Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Show's Finale by Advocating for Veterans
Former West Wing cast members gathered in Austin at the Atx TV Festival on June 11 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the show's finale, but discussing efforts to help veterans returning from war was the real message.

The reunited cast, which included Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina and Dule Hill, called for the establishment of Veteran Treatment Courts, where substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration.

Cast member Melissa Fitzgerald, who played C.J. Cregg's assistant Carol, is now the senior director of Justice for Vets, which leads the national effort
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West Wing Cast Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Show's Finale by Advocating for Veterans

West Wing Cast Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Show's Finale by Advocating for Veterans
Former West Wing cast members gathered in Austin at the Atx TV Festival on June 11 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the show's finale, but discussing efforts to help veterans returning from war was the real message. The reunited cast, which included Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina and Dule Hill, called for the establishment of Veteran Treatment Courts, where substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration. Cast member Melissa Fitzgerald, who played C.J. Cregg's assistant Carol, is now the senior director of Justice for Vets, which leads the national effort
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West Wing Cast Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Show's Finale by Advocating for Veterans

West Wing Cast Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Show's Finale by Advocating for Veterans
Former West Wing cast members gathered in Austin at the Atx TV Festival on June 11 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the show's finale, but discussing efforts to help veterans returning from war was the real message. The reunited cast, which included Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina and Dule Hill, called for the establishment of Veteran Treatment Courts, where substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration. Cast member Melissa Fitzgerald, who played C.J. Cregg's assistant Carol, is now the senior director of Justice for Vets, which leads the national effort
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The West Wing: Aaron Sorkin Hasn't Watched the Final Three Seasons

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Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme -- who both left The West Wing TV series after its fourth season -- appeared at the Atx Television Festival in Austin over the weekend. They were joined by Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff, and Melissa Fitzgerald.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who wrote 16 episodes of the political drama series, moderated The West Wing TV show panel. Sorkin confessed he has not seen one episode of The West Wing from the fifth through the seventh seasons. He shared that when news of his departure broke, Seinfeld's Larry David reached out with some advice.

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The West Wing: Cast and Crew Reunites 10 Years After NBC Series Finale

The cast and crew of The West Wing TV show reunited a little more than 10 years after the TV series finale, this weekend, in Austin, TX. The reunion took place at the Atx Television Festival panel celebrating NBC's acclaimed political drama.

Creator and Executive Producer Aaron Sorkin and Director/Ep Thomas Schlamme -- who left the series after its fourth season -- appeared, as did cast members Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff, and Melissa Fitzgerald. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who wrote 16 episodes of The West Wing, moderated the panel, at the Paramount Theatre, pictured below, on the right.

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‘The West Wing’ Reunion: Aaron Sorkin on Leaving the Show, Netflix and Larry David’s Advice

‘The West Wing’ Reunion: Aaron Sorkin on Leaving the Show, Netflix and Larry David’s Advice
Aaron Sorkin famously exited “The West Wing” after season four, and he revealed in a panel at the Atx Festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday that he still hasn’t watched the three seasons that followed.

He tried watching the first episode of the fifth season, but only made it about 20 seconds in before he had to stop. “It felt like I was watching someone make out with my wife — it felt horrible,” he told the crowd at “The West Wing Administration” panel, which also featured director Thomas Schlamme and cast members Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff and Melissa Fitzgerald.

He recalled that when news broke that he was leaving the show, “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David — who left his series after the seventh of its nine seasons — advised him not to watch the show. “Either the show is going to be great and you’re going to be miserable, or the show is going to be less than great and you’re going to be miserable,” he said David advised him. “Either way you’re going to be miserable.” But Sorkin dismissed his advice as David’s “professional” misery.

But he learned the hard way that David was right, and still doesn’t know what happened after he left. “I was not trying to burn the earth behind me. I was trying to seed it,” he said of the climactic season 4 finale.

Sorkin recalled that the initial pilot for “The West Wing” didn’t test well, but that Warner Bros., the studio behind the drama, created new demographics to push NBC and help recruit new advertisers. Back in 1999, one of those groups — households with Internet access — proved prophetic, as dotcoms flocked to the first episode. “I’m grateful to the Internet for getting this show on the air,” said Sorkin.

The show has since found new life among viewers on Netflix. Sorkin acknowledged he was grateful for the renewed attention, pointing to the young fans in the audience. “I’ve got to learn how to use Netflix,” he joked.

Sorkin talked at length about his writing process, admitting he struggled with finding deeper roles for Toby (Richard Schiff) and C.J. (Allison Janney). For Toby, it took the episode “The Crackpots and These Women,” from the first season. “I really found out where true north was on Toby,” Sorkin said, explaining that he realized Toby’s role was to challenge Bartlet. As for Janney, the cast heard her singing “The Jackal” in her trailer, and soon enough, Sorkin worked the song into an episode.

The cast said Sorkin was skilled at mining their real lives and personalities for the characters. “There is absolutely no distinction between my political point of view and Josh Lyman’s point of view,” said Whitford. Schiff recalled suggesting to Sorkin that Toby might play with a Spalding ball, and that ended up a plot point as well.

The actors heaped praise on Sorkin for his writing, opening the panel with a standing ovation:

#WestWingReunion panel opens with standing ovation to Aaron Sorkin. pic.twitter.com/n5PIIs8cKy

— Debra Birnbaum (@debrabirnbaum) June 11, 2016

Earlier in the day, “West Wing” co-executive producer Kevin Falls (who is now showrunner of Fox’s “Pitch”) was asked about the possibility of a “West Wing” reunion or reboot. He said the question had come up at a cast dinner, but that “it’s had its time.”

The panel wrapped with a nod to actor John Spencer, who played chief of staff Leo McGarry and died during the run of the series in 2005. “If you look up the definition of actor, you would see his picture,” said Schlamme.
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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Talk Iowa Caucus in ‘Courting Des Moines’ Trailer (Video)

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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Talk Iowa Caucus in ‘Courting Des Moines’ Trailer (Video)
With the Iowa Caucuses less than a year away, writer-director Brent Roske has released the first official trailer for “Courting Des Moines,” a political drama about a woman running for president — which debuts exclusively on TheWrap. “Courting Des Moines,” is a sequel to Roske’s 2012 web series “Chasing the Hill,” which chronicled a fictional California Congressional campaign. The sequel features many of the same characters — now seeking higher office — including Samantha Clemons, played by “The West Wing” actress Melissa Fitzgerald. “Pretty Little Liars” star Brandon Jones co-stars in “Courting Des Moines” alongside Steve Lewis, Carolyn Hennesy, Gina Belafonte and Catherine Urbanek.
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Wh Correspondents’ Dinner Guestlist Expands to Include Alfre Woodard, Pete Wentz, Michelle Monaghan

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Updated: 5:40 p.m. Pt with Fox guests. More of the details about the celebs that will be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, alias the Nerd Prom, are falling into place as the April 25 dinner nears. USA Today on Monday said its dinner guests will include Alfre Woodward, “State of Affairs”; Wendy McLendon-Covey, “The Goldbergs”; Fall Out Boys lead singer Pete Wentz; Naya Rivera, “Glee”; Michelle Trachtenberg, “Gossip Girl”; Trojan Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”; and Matchbox 20 lead singer Rob Thomas. Atlantic Media announced that its guests will include Tim Simmons, “Veep”; Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”; Melissa Fitzgerald,
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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.16: “Red Meat” finally wraps up the State’s Attorney race

The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 16: “Red Meat

Written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman

Directed by Michael Zinberg

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

After sixteen episodes of build, the day has finally come, and the fictional voters of The Good Wife’s bizarro Illinois have spoken. It’s a foregone conclusion the moment that Alicia says that she’s “relieved” to be behind in the first exit polls: Alicia wins, aided by some last-minute dirty manoeuvring by Peter. While the State’s Attorney run hasn’t made for the most riveting stretch of the series by any means, its conclusion at least underlines that Alicia will no longer be able to rationalize herself as “the good guy,” and perhaps in the letting go, she can find an acceptable way forward. She’ll never be Frank Prady – a man so principled that he can’t even bring himself to work for Alicia,
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The Good Wife Recap: Poll Dancing

The Good Wife Recap: Poll Dancing
Alicia Florrick loses, then wins, then loses again in this week’s episode of The Good Wife — though only one of those outcomes pertains to her run for State’s Attorney.

Then again, the way showrunners Robert and Michelle King keep twisting the narrative in Season 6 — and playing with our protagonist’s drifting desires (i.e. “the thing is, losing is actually a relief”) — the results may, in fact, be too early to call.

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Heck, when Diane Lockhart is gunning down Bambi’s mother and sharing cocktails with call girls — and loving it!
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New Good Wife Season 6,Episode 16 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 16 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Red Meat," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and drama-filled stuff take place as Alicia's political future gets put in major danger due to Peter's latest actions, and more! In the new, 16th episode press release: Alicia's Political Future Is On The Line When Peter Gives An Interview That Could Influence Voter Turnout On Election Day." Press release number 2: Alicia's political future is going to be on the line when Peter gives an interview that could influence voter turnout on Election Day. In the meantime, a weekend getaway with Kurt and his affluent hunting buddies, could lead Diane to a prosperous new client for the firm. Oliver Platt guest stars as R.D., an influential figure in conservative politics, Gary Cole returns as Kurt McVeigh,
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'Psych's' Dule Hill: 'West Wing' walk-and-talks were 'terrifying' if you're the last one to join

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"Psych" star Dule Hill stopped by "The Chew" Monday (Jan. 27), where he helped make some spaghetti carbonara and gave host Carla Hall some tap-dancing lessons -- he's currently starring on Broadway in "After Midnight," a show about Harlem's famed Cotton Club -- in addition to giving a few insights into his days as Charlie on "The West Wing."

When asked about the infamous Aaron Sorkin walk-and-talk shots, Hill says, "It was only terrifying if you were the last person to come into the scene. If you were doing a four-page walk-and-talk and you have to come in and say, 'Here you go, Mr. President,' that is the most nerve-wracking thing." He then mimes what happens when you screw up that whole long shot and everybody has to start over. See it in the video above -- it's very funny.

Hill also says he's in touch with many of his
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The Cast of The West Wing Reunites for Non-Partisan Political Ad

Aaron Sorkin returned to the world of television this year with HBO’s The Newsroom, and while I didn’t hate the show as much as some did, it was a far cry from the glory days of The West Wing. For those feeling nostalgic, or for the West Wing obsessed (of which I’m a card-carrying member), a video has surfaced called "Walk and Talk the Vote" which reunites a large chunk of the show’s cast. The ad is in support of Bridget Mary McCormack, a non-partisan candidate for Michigan State Supreme Court, but it touches on the importance of all non-partisan voting. It’s great to see Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Melissa Fitzgerald and even Lily Tomlin back together, but I really would’ve loved to see Rob Lowe return and complete the “original five.” Nevertheless, hit
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Watch West Wing Reunion—See What Brought the Bartlet Administration Back Together

Watch West Wing Reunion—See What Brought the Bartlet Administration Back Together
Let us guess—right now you're sitting around? That is exactly why we bring you this mini West Wing reunion clip posted on Funny or Die earlier today, because we care about you and your health. And, well, it's pretty funny, so that's another reason. Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina, Melissa Fitzgerald and William Duffy jump back into their West Wing roles, which (obviously) includes walking and talking their way into the Oval Office to try and pass one last initiative with the president. This said-initiative "cuts the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke," along with breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. Amazing,...
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'The West Wing' cast reunites for funny PSA -- Video

'The West Wing' cast reunites for funny PSA -- Video
The cast of The West Wing is back to walking and talking—at least for two minutes and twenty-two seconds. In the first on-screen cast reunion since the 2006 series finale, some of the former West Wing regulars got together to poke fun at the memorable staple in a new Funny or Die public service announcement. Martin Sheen, Joshua Malina, William Duffy, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, and Melissa Fitzgerald reprised their roles to promote Every Body Walk, a health campaign about the benefits of walking 30 minutes per day.

In true West Wing fashion, the crew walked and talked their way to
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The West Wing Cast Members Reunite to Promote Walking (and Talking) in Funny or Die Video

It's been six years since The West Wing left television (and in my book, it's more like a decade since I couldn't keep going after Aaron Sorkin left the show), but it will always be one of the best programs in the medium's history.  It was inspiring, funny, smart, and moving, both emotionally and with people constantly moving.  The "Walk-n-Talk" was one of the show's memorable devices, and that device has now been appropriated to promote the fitness campaign, "Everbody Walk".  Funny or Die has put together an amusing video for the campaign featuring West Wing cast members Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina, Melissa Fitzgerald, and William Duffy reprising their roles and poking fun at the classic show's beloved trademarks. Hit the jump to check out the video. Video via Funny or Die.  Thanks to Collider reader Jason for the heads up. Walk & Talk from Martin Sheen
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'West Wing' Cast Reunites to Promote Least Controversial Thing Ever (Video)

'West Wing' Cast Reunites to Promote Least Controversial Thing Ever (Video)
The cast of NBC's "The West Wing" has reunited for the first time in more than five years for a Funny or Die video promoting something everyone should do. Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Dulé Hill, Melissa Fitzgerald and William Duffy all reprise their roles in the name of this good cause.  Hint: It involves a massive walk and talk, the kind the show made famous. Democrats and Republicans do it. So do kids, religious fundamentalists, environmentalists, active military (they do it a lot, actually) and almost everyone else who can.
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It's A 'West Wing' Reunion!

It's A 'West Wing' Reunion!
"The West Wing" reunion you've dreamed about is here ... sort of. Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, Melissa Fitzgerald and William Duffy reprised their "West Wing" roles for a new Funny Or Die video ... To promote walking.

"The West Wing" made the walk and talk a pop culture phenomenon and now the cast is attempting to get America back on their feet.

The video starts with C.J. Cregg (Janney), Will Bailey (Malina), Carol Fitzpatrick (Fitzgerald), Larry (C.J. calls him by his real last name, Duffy) and Charlie Young (Hill) and their new initiative that cuts the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, various kinds of cancer depression and more.

President Bartlet approves! Get walking.

Walk & Talk from Martin Sheen
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It's A 'West Wing' Reunion!

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It's A 'West Wing' Reunion!
"The West Wing" reunion you've dreamed about is here ... sort of. Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina, Melissa Fitzgerald and William Duffy reprised their "West Wing" roles for a new Funny Or Die video ... To promote walking.

"The West Wing" made the walk and talk a pop culture phenomenon and now the cast is attempting to get America back on their feet.

The video starts with C.J. Cregg (Janney), Will Bailey (Malina), Carol Fitzpatrick (Fitzgerald), Larry (C.J. calls him by his real last name, Duffy) and Charlie Young (Hill) and their new initiative that cuts the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, various kinds of cancer depression and more.

President Bartlet approves! Get walking.

Walk & Talk from Martin Sheen
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25 Days of Geek TV Christmas: Day 20 – The West Wing

The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon us. The Christmas season is here and with that comes Christmas TV episodes!

For the 25 days leading up til Christmas Day this month, we’ll be spotlighting some of the best Christmas-themed episodes from some of Geek culture’s greatest shows. Each day we’ll cover different shows and episodes and encourage you to watch along with us. So come one, come all, to the 25 Days of Geek TV Christmas!

Monday, December 20th, 2010 - Day 20: The West Wing

Season 2, Episode 10: "Noel"

Directed by: Thomas Schlamme

Written by: Aaron Sorkin and Peter Parnell

Starring: Rob Lowe, Moira Kelly, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, Martin Sheen, Melissa Fitzgerald, Gary Carlos Cervantes, Daniel von Bargen, Gregory Alan Williams, Paxton Whitehead, Yo-Yo Ma and Adam Arkin

Original Air Date: December 20, 2000

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