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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

The Past Tense of Wing is Wung

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It's official: The West Wing is going off the air after this, its seventh, season. After the death of John Spencer, NPH readers were treated to my opinion as to what the show should do next. Some even disagreed. Fair enough. But it seems that the producers of the show saw the writing on the wall, especially after the show was moved to Sunday nights amidst slowly declining ratings. In my view, it's better to bow out gracefully in a way that people will remember than to try to carry on in dogged determination, only to end up a laughable wreck. This is the right move.

Now, I haven't seen any of the recent episodes, and I'm more or less out of touch with the state of the present plot. All I know is that the show will end with the election of a new President, and that the decision for who that President should be has been a matter of considerable controversey amongst the shows writers. As for me, I'm still in the fifth season, the latest one to be released on DVD. I came to the show late (about a year ago), and have traversed the first five seasons in less than 12 months; then I'll probably have to wait until next December to get the sixth season.

Real fans of the show will tell you that the fifth season is when the show started to unravel a bit. Sorkin quit writing, and suddenly something was missing, some kind of spark or flair in the dialogue. But my friend who works in the industry tells me that Sorkin's a notoriously difficult person to work with, owing to a certain drug problem (that's probably a well-known fact, but I like to mention my friend in the industry, the one who's working on producing an independent feature film with the Capital One guy).

Anyway, is there anyone out there who thinks The West Wing could have done something to press on to future seasons? I just couldn't see it; neither could NBC.


posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 6:17 AM


I wish they would have proceeded. They built a solid cast around both the Alan ALda and Jimmy Smits characters. It could have made for a great deal of interesting story lines. I don;t know if it would have been a ratings winner, but the stories could have continued to be very entertaining IMHO.
commented by Blogger Scott, 10:25 PM  

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