No More Surprises

I think I finally figured out what my problem is with the West Wing. Like everyone else, I sorely miss Aaron Sorkin

6 comments

  • You hit it right on the money when you said that Wells is turning the show into ER. From what I’ve heard, Wells and NBC want to keep the show going, but they don’t want to keep the current cast forever. In fact, one can argue that doing so would be unrealistic; most Presidential staff members don’t stick around for so long, and if we’re going to stick to our version of the Constitution, Bartlett can’t run for re-election next time. So Wells takes a play from his own playbook — bring in new and different characters, move the old ones around in ways that can take them off the playing field, and hope the audience likes what you’re doing enough to stick around.

    I agree with a friend of mine who said that she would feel better if they gave Wells a spin off show but didn’t call it The West Wing.

  • West Wing Turns Predictible

    Bob Greenberger observes some predictible ER-like plot points on The West Wing. Apparently, the timeline has sped up, skipping a couple of presidential years, either in an attempt to make radical changes when cast contracts expire or, as I tend…

  • West Wing Turns Predictible

    Bob Greenberger observes some predictible ER-like plot points on The West Wing. Apparently, the timeline has sped up, skipping a couple of presidential years, either in an attempt to make radical changes when cast contracts expire or, as I tend…

  • West Wing Turns Predictible

    Bob Greenberger observes some predictible ER-like plot points on The West Wing. Apparently, the timeline has sped up, skipping a couple of presidential years, either in an attempt to make radical changes when cast contracts expire or, as I tend…

  • In addition to your gripes about how the MS was “telegraphed,” I was also not thrilled how the Taiwanese flag was conveniently used as a prop to convey Bartlet’s loss of vision.

    It is highly unrealistic that if the US were to do such a thing as accept the Taiwanese flag (even on accident) that simply returning the flag would’ve made that situation go away.

  • Brian Czako

    Bob,

    Of course you meant to write that Sorkin “…slipped in fascinating information through the various characters…”, not Wells.

    At least the DVDs (and Sports Night too) are there for you to return to.

    Brian