02 January 2012

The West Wing

For the last three months I have been watching The West Wing from Season 1 to Season 7. I finished it Yesterday and even though I had already seen most of the West Wing and have re watched the first two series countless times - I felt great satisfaction watching it from start to finish.

The great thing about the West Wing is how brilliantly it is written and the way the series is filmed. It is on its own level of brilliancy that is above any other TV show purely because of the set. Did you know that in won 9 Emmys in 2000, the most for any season of a television series and at the time of the award ceremony the West Wing was only in it's first season! They also won the Best Drama Series Emmy for the first 4 seasons!

It ran from 1999 to 2006 and over the course of those 7 years 15 different actors and actresses appeared in the main credits. Allison Janney (C.J Cregg), John Spencer (Leo McGarry), Martin Sheen (President Jed Bartlet) , Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), DulĂ© Hill (Charlie Young), Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn), Joshua Malina (Will Bailey), Stockard Channing (Abbey Bartlet), Mary McCormack (Kate Harper), Jimmy Smits (Congressmen Matt Santos), Kristin Chenoweth (Annabeth Schott), Alan Alda (Senator Arnold Vinick), Moira Kelly (Mandy Hampton). 

Here is some interesting information for all you West Wing fans: the character of Donna was not meant to be a regular, in fact it was down to audience response and co-star Bradley Whitford pointing out the obvious chemistry between Josh and Donna that made her a regular! Thank goodness for that!

I think my real love for this show is down to the fact that I find the world of Politics fascinating and I love seeing how things are done. I love watching the special features on DVDs and getting to hear and see how things were filmed. The West Wing links these together and whilst I was studying Politics at A Level the West Wing actually reenforced information I had learnt!

If you have an interest in America Politics or in great television I would suggest watching this show, the actors are amazing and in Season 7 the Debate episode was recorded Live - check that one out :)

''I remember the first time we screened it for the cast — there was a feeling of, 'Well, we did a great pilot, but we're not going to be able to do this every week. What will become of the show now?' There was a sense of pride that a great pilot had been made, but isn't it a shame that now it's going to turn into a bad TV show. And yet these guys all came back every week determined to make every episode as good as our best episode. And they kept it up for seven years.'' Aaron Sorkin (2006

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