After Joshua Malina tweeted out a joke that maybe wasn't totally a joke about The West Winggetting a reboot, everyone's buzzing about whether or not we might actually get to revisit the days of the Bartlet administration. According to Bradley Whitford, it's always on the table, but there's one big draw back to making the series now as opposed to 20 years ago.
"When we started making The West Wing, there was no possibility that it would ever be seen more than twice because there was no such thing as syndication for one-hours then and there were no DVDs and there was obviously no streaming," Whitford told TV Guide during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, while promoting his new series Valley of the Boom. "So it's really bizarre to me. I think we would have been so riddled with anxiety if we knew that people were going to be able to like stop and go back and watch it over and over again."
That being said, there's still a deep love for the show from the entire cast, and it sounds like if the opportunity ever arose, it wouldn't be difficult getting any of them to sign on in some capacity. "I think there's definitely space for a show like that," Whitford said. "Honestly, if Aaron [Sorkin] called us all up, I'm sure we'd all be there in a second."
The West Wing premiered in 1999, depicting the inner workings of the White House employees under President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen), a Catholic Democrat still getting into the swing of things during his first term. As opposed to the histrionic, potentially treasonous talking points of today's real life administration, Barlet's fictional presidency was full of eloquent (bordering on gratuitous) monologues about truth and justice and the power of government to serve and save the people it governed. A reboot or revival of The West Wing might not be the worst thing in the world, especially since it would offer an escape from the turmoil of today's craziest political issues.
In the meantime, we'll just obsess over how obsessed the cast is with the idea of a reboot!
All seven seasons of The West Wing are currently streaming on Netflix.