'The West Wing' Star Richard Schiff Confirms Talks of a Reboot and a 'New Administration'
By Scott Baumgartner
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Desperate to see The West Wing get another lease on life? You’re not alone!
Veteran actor Richard Schiff, who played the brilliant-yet-mercurial Toby Ziegler on the acclaimed show went on Popcorn Talk Network’s I Could Never Be where he hinted that talks are underway to possibly revive the program. However, the way he imagines it, the concept would not resemble the original show.
“I’ve pitched it to [creator] Aaron [Sorkin]. He loved it,” he explained. “I don’t think it should be in the White House. I think that’s overcooked. My image of a show in the White House now is something like House of Cards, which is more apropos for the current administration — and Veep.”
“You know, you combine Veep and House of Cards and you got, you got this administration,” he continued. “It’s a great idea. Aaron, I’m sure will take some of it, none of it or all of it, if it ever happens.”
He added that, if the show were revived, they “might go with a new administration, in which case, you know, some of us might show up as consultants…it makes no sense, maybe one or two of us to be in the White House.”
The West Wing, which aired from 1999 to 2006, is widely regarded as one of the best television shows of all time. It followed President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and his staff as they traverse crises, campaigns and relationships.
During its run, the show racked up 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, seven SAG awards and many more.