The West Wing, the masterful US political series that showed us how things could be, is set to return to our screens briefly for a one-off special.
The reunion, 14 years after the series wrapped up, will see Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford back together for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote.
They’ll be delivering a theatrical performance of the season three episode Hartfield’s Landing – the one where President Bartlet played chess against Sam and Toby. There’ll also be some new material from series creator Aaron Sorkin, and it will all be filmed under the watchful eye of original series director Thomas Schlamme.
When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organisation that’s co-chaired by Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, which was founded with the aim to increase voter participation in American elections. Obama will make a guest appearance in the special.
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is set to air sometime before the US election on November 3. Here’s Sorkin and some of the cast speaking of the importance of exercising the right to vote in a new EW featurette: