Monday, January 23, 2006

NBC Cancels West Wing: Noooooo!


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No surprise here, just sadness and the spraying of hot tears; truly intelligent works don't do so well in our pop-culture. We can only be proud that they have a chance, however brief, to flourish. The best written show on television -- possibly in television history -- was cancelled on Sunday. And -- we don't feel too good ourselves. Says Breitbart (link via drudgiepoo):

"The new president on 'The West Wing' will be a real short-timer: NBC announced Sunday it was pulling the plug on the Emmy-winning political drama after seven seasons in May.

"NBC, struggling to regain its footing after the worst season in its history, also outlined several midseason schedule changes _ including the moves of popular dramas 'Law & Order' and 'Las Vegas.'

"'The West Wing' announcement wasn't much of a surprise. Although this season's story line with a presidential campaign involving a Democrat played by Jimmy Smits and Republican portrayed by Alan Alda has been strong critically, ratings have sunk with its move to Sunday nights.

"The decision to cancel it was made before actor John Spencer, who played former presidential chief of staff Leo McGarry, died of a heart attack Dec. 16, said Kevin Reilly, NBC entertainment president.

"'There's a point when you look at the ratings and say, it feels like it's time,' Reilly said.

"The series finale will be May 14, preceded by a one-hour retrospective. The campaign to replace the fictional Josiah Bartlet as president will be settled, NBC said."

Now, we suppose, Larence O'Donnell, the Exec Producer, can, in earnest, plot Warren Beatty's campaign to unseat Governor Shwarzenegger with brio.


Mr. Michael L. Whittier said...

I too am saddened by the loss of this fabulous program. More than entertainment, the fabulous writing and the accuracy of the governmental principles provided hours of great discussion for my high schools students, Yes, I have created many a West Wing junkie. Whats more the real life tragedy of John Spencer's death I think provides a great opportunity for the show to delve into the unknown. What would happen, in real life, if the Vice Presidential candidate died 1) durning the campaign 2) after winning election, but before the electoral college vote, (and what can or would they do), or 3) after being elected, but before being sworn in. One and three seem to have some vaque or plausible right answers. Number 2 however, thats up for grabs.

Keedeeg said...

I dare say NBC really did this show in by moving it to Sunday night.

I have to admit that I haven't enjoyed the show as much since Sorkin and Rob Lowe left BUT it was still one of the smartest shows on TV. I felt proud to say I was a West Wing fan.

It will be sorely missed.