HBO Max has announced that The West Wing reunion special, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, will premiere on October 15th, standing in solidarity with the spirit behind National Voter Registration Day. This is only two weeks before the national election.
This timely special marks the first time in 17 years that the original cast of the hit Award–winning political drama series will come together with creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme. The West Wing stars who will be a part of the special include Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen.
The special will also include act breaks with guest appearances from When We All Vote co-chair Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Fans will also be treated to the musical talents of legendary Emmy award–winning composer W.G. Snuffy Walden, who will take to his guitar to play the iconic score for The West Wing theme song. Folk rock band, The Avett Brothers, will also close out the special.
The cast will perform a special theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season.
“Bartlet (Martin Sheen) engages both Sam (Rob Lowe) and Toby (Richard Schiff) in intricate chess matches that mirror the wily game of brinksmanship that Bartlet is playing with the Chinese, who are conducting war games in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese threaten real war if Taiwan begins test firing its new U.S.-made Patriot defense missiles. Meanwhile, Josh (Bradley Whitford) is nervous about the 42 votes in a remote New Hampshire town’s election, which are counted immediately and always predict the winner of that state’s primary. Mischievous C.J. (Allison Janney) tries to upset Charlie (Dulé Hill) by hiding his copy of the President’s top-secret daily schedule — prompting a spate of playful tricks.”
This whole West Wing reunion was organized to support and encourage people to get out there and vote.
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will shoot over multiple days at the iconic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles in early October.
I’m a big fan of The West Wing and what I loved about it most were how neither party was demonized for thinking differently. And the people from both parties in the series were represented as valiant public servants who believed in the vision of our nation’s founders.