Skip to comments.NBC Cancels 'West Wing' After 7 Seasons
Posted on 01/22/2006 11:18:33 AM PST by LdSentinal
NBC Cancels Emmy-Winning 'West Wing' After Seven Seasons, Makes Several Midseason Moves
PASADENA, Calif. Jan 22, 2006 The new president on "The West Wing" will be a real short-timer: NBC announced Sunday it was pulling the plug on the Emmy-winning political drama after seven seasons in May.
NBC, struggling to regain its footing after the worst season in its history, also outlined several midseason schedule changes including the moves of popular dramas "Law & Order" and "Las Vegas."
"The West Wing" announcement wasn't much of a surprise. Although this season's story line with a presidential campaign involving a Democrat played by Jimmy Smits and Republican portrayed by Alan Alda has been strong critically, ratings have sunk with its move to Sunday nights.
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The decision to cancel it was made before actor John Spencer, who played former presidential chief of staff Leo McGarry, died of a heart attack Dec. 16, said Kevin Reilly, NBC entertainment president.
"There's a point when you look at the ratings and say, it feels like it's time," Reilly said.
The series finale will be May 14, preceded by a one-hour retrospective. The campaign to replace the fictional Josiah Bartlet as president will be settled, NBC said.
Producers Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, who created the show and guided it through its early years, will not be involved in the finale, Reilly said.
"The West Wing" won four Emmy Awards for best television drama in a row for its tales of political intrigue. At its prime, it also offered NBC two valuable benefits: critical acclaim and the most upscale audience on television, an important drawing point for advertisers.
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About time. Never once watched it.
Aaaaaw isn't that too bad.
It'd be fun to end it with a global thermonuclear war. Just a thought.....
Proud to say I never watched one second of "the left wing".
Now lets get rid of that Geena Davis POS thing.
What will the libs in Fantasy land do now? I guess they'll have to double their meds.
Nor did I.
Don't worry. It will soon go into syndication.
What was "West Wing"?
What was "West Wing"?
Martin Sheen will have more time for the "peace" protests!
Gad! How will we survive?
Wait a second.
'Las Vegas' is moving to Friday nights?
Next stop: cancel 'Commander in Chief'
It's about time. Talk about beating a dead horse.
sux for Hillary......
Gee,..... sorta what we did to BJC!
I still can't believe that Law & Order is still on the air after all this time. One would think they'd run out of ideas by now.
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