It's been more than a decade since the critically praised NBC programme The West Wing was cancelled, and in the pattern of so many other pieces of recent nostalgia resurfacing in American culture, the Netflix generation has resurrected interest in The West Wing.
For the seventh season of The West Wing, Martin Sheen took part in The West Wing Weekly, a podcast hosted by Joshua Malina (who plays Will Bailey on the show) and Hrishikesh Hirway, in which he discussed his role as President Josiah Bartlet.
With practically every performer from Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg) to Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) to Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn), Sheen has been the most eagerly anticipated guest on the podcast, which has been running for four seasons.
Rumours that Aaron Sorkin would get the crew back together continue to appear every few years, much like those that have surfaced about Will and Grace, Arrested Development, Full House, and dozens of other shows in recent years.
There is no clear evidence that a West Wing revival will ever happen, although Sorkin has stated on the record that he would write the show if he came up with an idea for one. However, according to Sheen, the series was almost renewed for a ninth season and possibly beyond that point as well.
There was a lot of talk about us moving to another network after we finished the seventh season at NBC during the season before John Spencer [Leo McGarry] passed away, God rest him, during the previous season before he passed away.”
Spencer died of a heart attack about halfway through what would be the series' final stanza, just as his character on the show did in real life. The election between Democrats Matthews Santos and Republicans Arnold Vinick saw the tide turn in Santos' favour, with the winner being revealed as a spoiler. Afterwards, the show, of course, came to a close.
If Spencer Hadn't Died at That Critical Moment, What Would Have Happened?
If we went on, the Republicans were expected to win, Alan Alda was expected to win, and I was expected to receive a portfolio as a former president in the image of Jimmy Carter, Sheen explained. “I would be involved in third-world elections, as well as humanitarian aid and other projects,” says the author.
It is impossible to avoid thinking about what might have been. Certainly, the show's overall quality suffered after Sorkin left the series at the end of Season 4. Despite this, the show remained popular and, by non-Sorkin standards, quite good in its final few seasons.
When Barack Obama was president, it would have been extremely powerful and influential to have a series centred on his administration, which would have been a moderate, liberal Republican with populist sensibilities.
Is Season 8 of ‘The West Wing' on the Way? So Why Didn't It Occur?
The West Wing is an American political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that is set in the West Wing of the White House under the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet.
The show is based on the novel of the same name by David McCullough. The West Wing is a seven-season television series that has been hailed as one of the greatest television shows of all time.
Although it has been more than ten years since the final episode of ‘The West Wing' aired, the Netflix generation has revived the show's popularity. The series has won several honours, including three Golden Globes, two Peabody Awards, and 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, including the Outstanding Drama Series Award, among others.
What Might Season 8 Have Been Like?
It could have been anything, from the clear reign of Matt Santos to a dramatic twist with Seaborn's reappearance. Throughout the first four seasons of the programme, Seaborn served as the Bartlet administration's Deputy White House Communications Director. In seasons five and six, his character vanished without a trace, only to reappear as the Deputy White House Chief of Staff in the season 7 finale.
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Season 8 may have seen a Vinick administration – a moderate, liberal Republican with populist sympathies – in place. Wouldn't that be a compelling image with a lot of sways? All we can do is wait for Sorkin to come up with something for Season 8 of ‘The West Wing.'
The Cast of “The West Wing” Gets Together for HBO Max Reunion
But, wouldn't it be more entertaining if they were to reunite on the sets of ‘The West Wing' Season 8 instead? It's impossible to resist thinking about what could have been. There is, however, nothing definitive that signals the start of a new season is on the way. Do you want to see a comeback? What do you believe the outcome of Season 8 would have been?