There has been a lot of talk of revisiting landmark television series The West Wing in some capacity, either as a reboot or a continuation. The talk has come from former members of the cast, as well as series creator and writer Aaron Sorkin.
It’s no secret that Sorkin wouldn’t mind revisiting the series, “if the story is right,” and another key player has offered his thoughts on the possible return to the hallowed halls.
In an interview with our friends over at Collider, Bradley Whitford–who played Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the series–gave his opinion about the matter during a chat about the upcoming NATGEO series Valley Of The Boom.
Collider: Aaron Sorkin has definitely made it known that he’d be interested in a revival of The West Wing. Is that something you’d be game to do, if he found a way to include you in it that made sense? And have you tried pitching any ideas to him, like some of your co-stars have?
WHITFORD: I think a number of us have, at different times, pitched a similar idea. Aaron is a smart guy. He’s wisely cautious and hesitant to go back to what was such a wonderful experience. This current presidency actually makes it more difficult to do our show, for a lot of reasons, but I walk around constantly knowing that, while it was certainly time for us to end The West Wing, the show could have continued creatively, just because there is an infinite arena of possibilities. The good news is that all of us love each other. It feels like a family. As the years go by, we have even more appreciation for our good fortune to be part of a creative and cultural experience like that. I would do yard work for him. I would do anything. But, it’s dangerous. You don’t want to mess it up.
Collider: It seems like one of those things where you could easily get nervous about being able to reclaim that same magic again, but at the same time, if you were to give a serious go of it, you could have faith in Aaron Sorkin that he wouldn’t let it happen, if it weren’t the same level of quality.
WHITFORD: Yeah. And there are all sorts of different ways to do it now. You can do an ongoing series, you can do a limited series, you can do a movie. There are a lot of different ways that you could do it.
Quick! Someone go talk to Allison Janney!