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Rob Lowe, Allison Janney and Martin Sheen in `The West Wing.` Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television
Rob Lowe, Allison Janney and Martin Sheen in "The West Wing." Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television

HBO Max, 'The West Wing' creator Aaron Sorkin announce 'A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote'

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Tue, Aug 25th 2020 03:40 pm

Award-winning original cast will come together for first time in 17 years for a special staged theatrical presentation of ‘Hartsfield’s Landing’ episode

Special to benefit when We All Vote, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded to inspire increased voter participation in every election

Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme & Casey Patterson to executive produce, Schlamme to direct

Ahead of one of the most pivotal elections in the nation’s history, HBO Max and “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin announced Tuesday that, for the first time in 17 years, the original cast of the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning hit Warner Bros. Television drama series will come together with Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme for “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote.” The show will debut on the streaming service this fall. 

“A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” will feature a special theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season. The creative team and cast organized this historic production in order to raise awareness for and support the vital mission of When We All Vote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama that was founded to increase participation in every election in America. In honor of the special, WarnerMedia will make a donation to When We All Vote.

“A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” will shoot over multiple days at the iconic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles in early October. “The West Wing” stars Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will reprise their roles from the episode. In addition to the participation of the original series cast members, “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” will also feature special guest appearances, including a special message from Obama, among others. Additional cast members and special guests from the worlds of public service and the arts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The unique stage production connects Sorkin with his roots in the theater as the playwright of acclaimed productions “A Few Good Men,” “The Farnsworth Invention” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Sorkin will write original exclusive material for “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote,” and Schlamme will serve as director of the production.

Sorkin said, “Tommy and I are incredibly excited to be getting ‘The West Wing’ cast back together for this staged reading and to support When We All Vote in their efforts to get all of us involved in this election.”

“With ‘A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote,’ we are excited to revisit this legendary series and offer our passionate fans something that is substantial, meaningful and unforgettable, while also promoting an important message for our time,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “Combined with WarnerMedia’s donation to When We All Vote, this special not only entertains, but also help ensure the organization can carry forth its mission to increase voter participation in every election.”

Spanning seven seasons, “The West Wing” provided a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of an eclectic group of frenzied staffers in the Oval Office and the West Wing of the White House. Emmy winner Sorkin created the series and served as an executive producer with Emmy winners Schlamme and John Wells (“ER”). One of the most critically acclaimed and lauded shows in television history, “The West Wing” won 27 Primetime Emmy Awards (including one for “The West Wing: Documentary Special”), two Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes, two Golden Globe Awards, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Writers Guild of America Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and five Television Critics Association Awards, among many others.

“The West Wing” starred Emmy nominee Lowe (“9-1-1: Lone Star”), Emmy winner/Oscar nominee Stockard Channing (“The Good Wife”), Emmy nominee Dulé Hill (“Psych”), Emmy and Oscar winner Janney (“Mom”; “I, Tonya”), Emmy nominee Moloney (“The Leftovers”), Emmy winner Schiff (“The Good Doctor”), the late Emmy winner John Spencer (“L.A. Law”), Emmy winner Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Emmy winner Sheen (“The Departed”). It was produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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