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Possible West Wing Reboot in works?

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  1. John*Wells

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    No thank you.
     
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    I agree. That series should be left where it is
     
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    Is it a reboot if it's a continuation of the previous story?
     
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    My feeling is that if it were to be rebooted, it would only be done for one purpose only.
     
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    The West Wing looked old and out of date when it running. It came out the same year the Sopranos debuted. It's exactly the kind of show the cable networks were trying not to be.
     
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    I loved the show when it was on, but I'm not sure a reboot or re-imagining would work as well today. We've had several "inside DC" shows since then with "ripped from the headlines" plots, so it's certainly not groundbreaking any more. But I'm fond of the Sorkin walk-and-talk, so I'd probably tune in anyway.
     
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    Lets assume for the sake of Argument that the show is Rebooted. Presidents Bartlett and Santos would now be Out of the Presidency .. I wonder if Sheen and Smits would make Guest Appearances
     
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    There's been talk of this for a while now, including from Sorkin himself on The West Wing Weekly podcast.

    Few write teleplay as well as Sorkin. I watch everything he does.

    If this happens, and has Tommy Schlamme (responsible for the walk-and-talk) involved, that would be even sweeter. Schlamme is president of the directors' guild now, but he's still directing (Vince Misiano is VP but also still directing--it would be good to have him back, too).
     
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    If Sorkin is writing it, I will give it a chance. I will watch anything he writes for TV, I’ll at least give it a chance.
     
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    After being reminded how much I love watching Richard Schiff perform, from Season 1 of 2016's Dirk Gently, I'd be up for a new show with him. I don't know that I need a WW reboot. But a solid political drama with Schiff, yeah sure, I'll check it out.
     
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    Schiff always added depth to the show. What about the series about where Toby is now? He wouldn’t have to be in politics but I’d prefer that was.
     
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    I haven't watched West Wing since it aired, and I quit when Bartlett left, so I never saw the last two seasons or so. So, I have no attachment anymore to learning about where Toby the character is 20 years later. I'd be fine with Law and Order: Capitol Police if it starred Schiff and was well done :)
     
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    I always liked The West Wing, through all seven seasons. I might give a reboot a try, but honestly, I'd rather have the series on blu-ray.
     
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    Schiff has a supporting role on Counterpart (which is excellent, despite the small thread on the forum). His character disappears for a few episodes, but he's great when he appears.
     
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    Is that the J.K.Simmons show? I think that's on a network like Starz or Showtime that I can't get. But yeah, I've heard it's great. I'll have to keep an eye out for it on the services I have.
     
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    The last episode ends just before the inauguration of President Santos. Bartlett was with the show to the end.
     
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    Nothing to contribute about West Wing however it really bugs me when reporters misuse the term “reboot”, which is defined as “to produce a distinctly new version of (an established media franchise, as a film, TV show, videogame, or comic book)“. So Will & Grace, The Conners, Murphy Brown, and Fuller House are NOT reboots. Hawaii 5-0, Magnum P.I., and Lost in Space ARE reboots.
     
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    Yeah, it's on Starz. I think it's a limited series with just two seasons, and the second season is about to end. It may become available on blu-ray in a season set. I'm not sure where it streams in the US, but it's worth seeking out if you like political intrigue mixed with multiple dimensions and hard science fiction. If you liked the main arc of Fringe, you may like Counterpart.
     
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    Schiff is also a (semi) regular on The Good Doctor. I kind of like his interplay with Freddie Highmore.
     
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