Reality may have taken a bite out of The West Wing
's ratings this season, but NBC still has faith in the Emmy-winning
White House drama. The Peacock network is thisclose
to securing a three-year deal to renew the show, a pact that would keep Martin Sheen
in office until 2006. According to USA Today
, the new deal would call for NBC to shell out about $6 million an episode triple what the Peacock pays now. However, Variety
estimates the new fee to be $4 million to $5 million an episode.