‘The West Wing’ Regroups

(Above: President Bartlet in ‘A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, courtesy Warner Media)

Acclaimed political drama The West Wing returns tomorrow, October 15, with a new performance of an old episode on HBO Max.

Recreating “Hartsfield’s Landing,” which originally aired in 2002, will be Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lymon) and Martin Sheen (President Josiah Bartlet). Sterling K. Brown will also join the cast, replacing the late John Spencer as Leo McGarry.

Officially titled A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, the show will support that nonprofit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by former First Lady Michelle Obama. She’ll be present to offer commentary during breaks, along with Former President Bill Clinton and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Elisabeth Moss, who played President Bartlett’s daughter Zoey but was not in “Hartsfield’s Landing,” will also show up.

If you’d like to compare tomorrow’s version of the episode (which will be staged theatrically) with the original one, the latter is available on Netflix. If you don’t subscribe, you can buy the episode from $1.99 at FandangoNow, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube or Amazon.

The original “Hartsfield’s Landing” may also show up on TNT, which streams over multichannel subscription services Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and AT&T Now. TNT will run three-hour blocks of The West Wing at 9 am ET for the next three Friday mornings through October 30.

For a different kind of get-together of The West Wing cast, we direct your attention to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s You Tube page, where you can see Colbert’s October 9 visit with Janney, Schiff, Sheen, Whitford, and series creator Aaron Sorkin. Here’s part one:

The West Wing aired originally on NBC for seven seasons and 156 episodes from 1999 to 2006. The series won 26 Emmy Awards, including four as Outstanding Drama, two for Janney as Outstanding Actress, two for Janney as Supporting Actress, and one each for Spencer, Whitford and Schiff as Supporting Actor.

The first two seasons of The West Wing also won Peabody Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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