Reunion ‘West Wing’ special box set at HBO Max

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The cast and creators of “The West Wing” reunite to perform together for the first time in nearly two decades in a special ensemble at HBO Max, Variety has learned.“A West Wing Special That Will Benefit When We All Vote” will debut on the streamer this fall. It will feature a theatrical production of the show’s third season episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” and will be filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October. The show aims to raise awareness for When We All Vote, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama, which was founded to increase turnout in every election in America.

Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will reprise their roles from the episode, which will be shot under COVID Safe Way Forward Protocols. Series creator Aaron Sorkin will be writing original material for the event. Sorkin will also be executive producer with Thomas Schlamme and Casey Patterson. Schlamme, who has directed over a dozen episodes and produced the original series, will direct the special. Additionally, WarnerMedia will donate to When We All Vote.

“Tommy and I are extremely happy to be able to piece together ‘The West Wing’ for this reading in stages and to support When We All Vote in their efforts to get us all involved in this election,” Sorkin said.

The show will also feature guest appearances, including a special message from Obama, among others. Additional actors and special guests from the civil service and the arts will be announced in the coming weeks.

“A West Wing Special To Enjoy When We All Vote” is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Along with Sorkin, Schlamme and Patterson, executive producer, Rob Paine is co-executive producer.

“With ‘A West Wing Special to Enjoy When We All Vote’, we are delighted to revisit this legendary series and offer our passionate fans something substantial, meaningful and unforgettable, while also promoting an important message for our time, ”said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content for HBO Max. “Combined with WarnerMedia’s donation to When We All Vote, this special not only entertains, but also helps ensure that the organization can continue its mission of increasing voter turnout in every election.”

“The West Wing” was a critical success upon release, with the show winning 27 Emmy Awards in its seven seasons on NBC. He has also won two Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Awards, two Golden Globes, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Writers Guild of America Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and five Television Critics Association Awards, among others. It was produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The reunion of the cast of “The West Wing” comes as HBO Max has repeatedly delayed an unscripted reunion special from another TV classic – “Friends.” Originally slated to debut in May with the launch of the streaming service, the “Friends” reunion has been repeatedly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this publication, no new filming date has been set.



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