Martin Sheen is up for a reboot of ‘The West Wing’, so here’s my pitch

WE Day California 2018

You guys probably know by now that I’m an old-school fanatic for The West Wing. I can’t stand the first season, but seasons 2-7 are some of the best television episodes you could ever see. It’s rare for me to be so involved with the characters, to the point where even a decade removed from the show, I still wonder what CJ Cregg and Josh Lyman are Donna are up to. Well, President Jed Bartlet – aka Martin Sheen – still thinks about it too. And he would down for a reboot, since everyone is reboot crazy these days.

President Jed Bartlet has spoken, so what’s next? Just a few short weeks after Rob Lowe said he wants to get “The West Wing” crew back together, Martin Sheen told Page Six he would also love to be a part of a reboot of the Aaron Sorkin political drama.

“Well, of course, I would, but I would be too old for the office now,” he told us on Tuesday while discussing his role in “Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew.” “I wouldn’t know how they’d fit me in, but of course I would be delighted. It’s the first I’ve heard of it.”

Sorkin, who created the show and worked on its first four seasons before exiting the series in 2003, told Hollywood Reporter he envisions “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown in the Oval Office if the show were to ever be rebooted.

“I have to ask, I’m sorry, who is he?” Sheen told us, quickly adding that he rarely watches anything outside of MSNBC and sports. “I’m watching Notre Dame now every Saturday afternoon. I’m kind of a dumpling, I’m afraid.”

[From Page Six]

I don’t think they should do a “reboot” of The West Wing, like with a whole new cast. I think that could do a continuation show, within the same West Wing universe, just ten years later. Here’s my pitch to TV executives: the timing of “a decade later” would mean that President Matt Santos served two full terms in office, and then he had to watch as the literal WORST Republican candidate assumes the presidency. This Republican is a complete cartoon, an orange buffoon, a racist, a misogynist, a white supremacist who stokes racial and sexist animosity wherever he goes. America is on the brink of a complete fascist takeover. So ex-presidents Matt Santos and Jed Bartlet get together for a drink – this is the pilot episode – and talk about what should happen in the Democratic primaries for the presidential election. They hatch a plan for how they’ll both strategically speak out against the neo-fascist Republican, and how they’ll throw their support in the Democratic primary behind an immensely qualified governor played by… Angela Bassett. They call Josh and Donna and CJ (but not Tobey, for obvious reasons) and figure it out. I WOULD WATCH THAT.

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  1. Astrid says:

    Great idea for a West Wing reboot. I just started watching West Wing on Netflix. I wasn’t able to watch it real time when it first came out. I’m totally loving the series!

  2. OG Cleo says:

    Justice for Toby! I can’t believe they did the character as dirty as they did.

    • Kaiser says:

      But it made sense, because as Bartlet said, it felt preordained that it would end for Toby like that.

      • OG Cleo says:

        True, but Richard Schiff has always been critical of that storyline and says he felt shafted by the writers because of it, so I always side-eye it.

    • Clare says:

      I never really warmed to his character on the show! And I wonder if getting the original cast back would be too expensive?

  3. Faithmobile says:

    I would love a reboot it would save me from watching the series for a third time.

  4. The Hench says:

    I’m definitely in favour of this reboot! Love The West Wing. It kept me sane during a long stay in hospital and I will always be grateful for the escape it gave me as well as the fact that it’s a fantastic series.

  5. BendyWindy says:

    Without having read more than the headline, I need this in my life.

  6. Giddy says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I practically went into a decline when The West Wing was over. I would love to know where all the characters are. I hope that Charlie would be in Congress by now, or at least a special assistant to the President. Surely C.J. is Secretary of State. This would even be a fun board game, with the game changing as different personalities react to current events. One thing for sure is that no one, not Aaron Sorkin or anyone else would have believed that in ten years Donald Trump would be President. *sigh*

  7. Clare says:

    If the reboot I want one of the old cast to be the candidate – Cj or Sam, ideally! Or Charlie, but that would prob be too soon

  8. JAC says:

    The West Wing was way too idealistic for my taste. There are hardly any decent people in politics. A cabinet full of them is as believable as Cinderella.

  9. PlayItAgain says:

    Yes! I LOVED The West Wing! And add that President Santos appointed Jeb to the Supreme Court in his second term. Hey, it worked for Taft! There’s precedent!

  10. Caity says:

    Yes please more west wing. You’d need at least josh Donna cj and hopefully Charlie before adding new characters.
    But as many OG as possible

  11. Rescue Cat says:

    ‘and then he had to watch as the literal WORST Republican candidate assumes the presidency’

    Charlie Sheen should play that guy.

  12. RBC says:

    Hollywood would be wise to start reading posts on gossip blogs and social media. I am reading some fantastic ideas for new shows or storylines!

  13. AMA1977 says:

    When will this show with Kaiser’s exact proposed storyline be airing? I may or may not need to clear the following months for binge-watching purposes. I LOOOOOVED TWW and this is the show we need right now. If we could think of a way to make it real life, that would be great, too.

  14. Ally says:

    That show was like a tranquilizer for liberals during the Bush years, and has been a misleading fantasy for Democrats ever since. This article lays it out better than I could:

    RIP, West Wing. Your pious fantasies are well past their prime.

    • Cranbee says:

      Gotta say yes to that.

      Thanks. Long article but hits it right on the nail. I never got into WW. Didn’t have the time or patience. I caught enough to know it was witty and very well made, the kind of show you have to commit to. I doubt I’ll ever watch it (seven seasons !). Not much compares to real politics right now. To be honest, having Trump in office has taught me a lot about how our political process works or is supposed to work, and has had more drama than any fictional show I’ve ever seen.

      • Ally says:

        Thanks! For me, the issue is that Democrats (and the respectable left in ‘Western’ countries generally) have to stop pretending that politics is debate club, as WW does, and that the best ‘bon mot’ wins. The right wing pushes the rules to their limits to gain power and use power to get the policies it wants.

        For instance, Kavanaugh was part of the ‘Brooks Brothers riot’, an attempt to stop the hand recount of ballots in Florida in the Bush-Gore election in November 2000. Also there, just to get a flavor of the group: Roger Stone and Matt Schlapp. (

        Doing the right thing is not bipartisanship and being the politest of the two. It’s living up to your promises and doing right by the people who voted you in to represent them. Civility is not the constituency. Using power for the greatest number of citizens, especially the weakest among them, is what the left is supposed to be about.

        The wonks, the technocrats, the liberal blabbers… enough already. A show where the elite determine the fate of millions among themselves in fancy offices should no longer be what we aspire to, given what it’s gotten us to, from financial crashes to Trump.

  15. Chloe says:

    I would looooove to see Sam as president in a reboot. I would also love to see Charlie in a high position of power and some sort of redemption for Toby. It won’t be the same without Leo <3 <3 <3 but maybe Jeb could serve the mentor role that Leo did in some sort of nontraditional way?

  16. Gigi says:

    Here’s where I think they’d be:
    Sam: has prime time MSNBC show
    Josh: gone on to run major campaigns a figure like Carville or a Dem Steve Schmidt; frequent guest on Sam’s show; Donna’s husband
    Donna: Chief of staff for a high profile Congresswoman; Josh’s wife
    CJ: governor of California; still married to Danny
    Toby: still teaching at Columbia, married to Andy
    Charlie: is the popular leader of a progressive movement, authored books, speaker, consultant, tries to teach Jed how to use Twitter, on again off again w/Zoe
    Will: sought after campaign consultant, often at odds with Josh
    Jed & Abby: retired, lives in N.H., he’s still very involved behind the scenes