The West Wing may be in full swing again. In an interview with Radio Times, series creator Aaron Sorkin said he’d be up for another episode … but on one condition:
Rob Lowe has to return.
The West Wing premiered in 1999 and ran for an impressive seven seasons, with Sorkin leaving after the fourth season.
Lowe played Sam Seaborn, the White House Deputy Communications Director for four seasons until he left along with Sorkin.
According to Sorkin, Lowe’s expressed interest in reviving the popular political series for even just a single episode.
“Rob Lowe said he’d do another episode of the West Wing if I wrote it,” he said. “If I ever got an idea for another episode of the West Wing, I would do it – but only if Rob Lowe promised to be in it.”
Sorkin added that while it would be something he’s interested in doing, a West Wing reunion doesn’t fit into his busy schedule at the moment. Recently, he’s written a number of feature films like The Social Network and this year’s Steve Jobs.
From Sorkin, speaking to Radio Times:
I love serious television – my only problem with it is time. With a movie, if things aren’t going well, if you’re stuck, if you have writer’s block, if you’re not writing well – you can call the studio, you can call the producer, you can call whoever is waiting for it, and say ‘things aren’t going well. I know I said I was going to deliver a first draft in June, it’ll probably be more like August.’
With television, because of air dates, you have rock-solid deadlines, that you can’t move. And so you have to write even when you’re not writing well, which is a very unpleasant place to be. Even worse, you have to point a camera at it and show it to an audience.”
What do you think? Would you like to see a West Wing reunion? Who would you like to see return? What would you like to happen?