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NBC Cancels 'West Wing' After 7 Seasons
ABC News ^ | 1/22/06 | DAVID BAUDER

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.

NBC Cancels 'West Wing' After 7 Seasons Odds-On Oscar Favorites Emerge as Noms Near There She Is

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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KEYWORDS: agenda; bias; cancellation; crap; garbage; goodriddance; liberal; liberalmedia; liberalpropaganda; nbc; ratings; theend; westwing
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Another blow to Al-Queda. Another victory in the War on Terror.
1 posted on 01/22/2006 11:18:36 AM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

Good.


2 posted on 01/22/2006 11:19:00 AM PST by xcamel (Exposing clandestine operations is treason. 13 knots make a noose.)
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To: LdSentinal

About time. Never once watched it.


3 posted on 01/22/2006 11:19:02 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: LdSentinal

Aaaaaw isn't that too bad.


4 posted on 01/22/2006 11:20:04 AM PST by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches, hard to get rid of.>)
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To: LdSentinal

It'd be fun to end it with a global thermonuclear war. Just a thought.....


5 posted on 01/22/2006 11:21:31 AM PST by Yossarian (The media is now simply running a 24/7 soap opera with Dubya cast as the arch villain.)
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To: LdSentinal

Proud to say I never watched one second of "the left wing".


6 posted on 01/22/2006 11:21:33 AM PST by Bullish (Proudly and consistently hating the Clinton's since 1992)
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To: LdSentinal

Now lets get rid of that Geena Davis POS thing.


7 posted on 01/22/2006 11:21:33 AM PST by Utah Binger (Some of my best friends are lapsed Mormons)
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To: LdSentinal


What will the libs in Fantasy land do now? I guess they'll have to double their meds.


8 posted on 01/22/2006 11:21:47 AM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: mtbopfuyn

Nor did I.


9 posted on 01/22/2006 11:21:57 AM PST by katykelly (Long suffering Husker)
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To: mtbopfuyn

Don't worry. It will soon go into syndication.


10 posted on 01/22/2006 11:21:58 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: LdSentinal

What was "West Wing"?


11 posted on 01/22/2006 11:22:00 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: LdSentinal

What was "West Wing"?


12 posted on 01/22/2006 11:22:01 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: LdSentinal

Martin Sheen will have more time for the "peace" protests!


13 posted on 01/22/2006 11:22:12 AM PST by RasterMaster ("Bin Laden shows others the road to Paradise, but never offers to go along for the ride." GWB)
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To: LdSentinal

Gad! How will we survive?


14 posted on 01/22/2006 11:23:19 AM PST by Bender2 (Even dirty old robots need love!)
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To: LdSentinal

WHOOO! WHOOOO!

Wait a second.

'Las Vegas' is moving to Friday nights?


15 posted on 01/22/2006 11:23:28 AM PST by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: LdSentinal

Next stop: cancel 'Commander in Chief'


16 posted on 01/22/2006 11:23:42 AM PST by HitmanLV (Listen to my demos for Savage Nation contest: http://www.geocities.com/mr_vinnie_vegas/index.html)
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To: LdSentinal

It's about time. Talk about beating a dead horse.


17 posted on 01/22/2006 11:23:52 AM PST by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Chloe O'Brian ROCKS!!!)
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To: LdSentinal

sux for Hillary......


18 posted on 01/22/2006 11:24:33 AM PST by texianyankee
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To: LdSentinal

Gee,..... sorta what we did to BJC!


19 posted on 01/22/2006 11:25:22 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: LdSentinal
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."

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.

20 posted on 01/22/2006 11:25:29 AM PST by COEXERJ145 (Those Who Want to Impeach President Bush Are the Party of Treason.)
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To: LdSentinal

Never watched it.


21 posted on 01/22/2006 11:26:05 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: Yossarian

Don't be surprised if they do just that.

Say, have the show contrive a plot about incompetent handling of an emerging nuclear power that is also considered a rouge state.


22 posted on 01/22/2006 11:29:30 AM PST by El Sordo
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To: LdSentinal
"No, I'm not the President but I slept in a Hollywood Inn last night".

Now just cancel that other wannabe Hollywood President show.
23 posted on 01/22/2006 11:29:42 AM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: LdSentinal
Well, I'm the odd man out here.

The first 4 seasons of this show was some great television. Sure, the overall point of view was liberal, but it was surprisingly even handed in many ways and did not pull punches in criticizing Dems.

It was a patriotic show in every way. The characters deeply respected the institutions government they were participating in and had a deep sense of American history.

Aaron Sorkin is a brilliant writer. Some of the scripts he created were breath takingly beautiful and very moving. The death penalty episode was about as good as a TV drama could be.

Kudos to a brilliant cast....the chemistry was awesome. Martin Sheen was perfectly cast BTW.

For those of you who didn't see it......who are you to comment?

24 posted on 01/22/2006 11:30:11 AM PST by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: Bullish
With the exception of football or baseball, I never watch anything on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, or CNN.
25 posted on 01/22/2006 11:31:17 AM PST by AlGone2001 (He's not a baby anymore...)
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To: Muleteam1

You don't have to, I'll summarize it for you: Kind, benevolent democrat administration leads the nation, often opposed by evil republicans.


26 posted on 01/22/2006 11:31:19 AM PST by scottinoc
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To: LdSentinal

Schadenfreude on a Sunday afternoon....life is good.


27 posted on 01/22/2006 11:32:13 AM PST by clintonh8r (If you don't support the mission you don't support the troops. Period.)
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Hopefully Commander in Chief is next. ;)


28 posted on 01/22/2006 11:33:38 AM PST by oolatec
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To: LdSentinal
Republican portrayed by Alan Alda

Oh, a science-fiction series!
29 posted on 01/22/2006 11:34:01 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: LdSentinal

Hollywood put "Left Wing" on the highest spin cycle possible. What a POS. "Las Vegas", a total waste of time. I've been "Law and Ordered" and CSI'd til I'm blind. Back when I was young living in Chicago we got about 5 or 6 channels and today we've cable and I swear it's still the same; nothings on.


30 posted on 01/22/2006 11:34:09 AM PST by jwh_Denver (Don't be near Ted Kennedy when his liver explodes.)
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To: Utah Binger

http://medialifemagazine.com/artman/publish/article_2304.asp

Shrinking mandate for 'Commander'

First-year ABC drama hits a series low of 2.4

By Abigail Azote
Jan 19, 2006

“Commander In Chief’s” Geena Davis may have walked away with the Best Actress in a Drama award during Monday’s Golden Globes, but among the American voting public she's sliding in the opinion polls that matter most, the ratings.

They've been on a steady decline for the once-promising freshman show.

“Commander” averaged a 2.4 rating on Tuesday night, an all-time low for ABC's political drama. That’s down 14 percent from the previous week’s 2.8 18-49 rating, its second lowest, for the show’s first original episode to air since Nov. 29. And it’s down substantially, 38 percent, from the show’s 3.9 season-to-date average.

Part of the decline can be attributed to its holiday hiatus. Viewers have a way of drifting back to shows that have been off the air for a bit.

More worrisome is the show's increased competition in the Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot. The return of Fox’s "American Idol" was expected to dominate Tuesday night, as it did, overwhelmingly so, but "Commander" also lost out to NBC’s drooping "Scrubs" and a repeat of CBS’s "CSI."

“Commander” tells the story of the country’s first female president, and as such has caught much flack over charges of being a vehicle to get a woman, Sen. Hillary Clinton in particular, into the real White House. Such publicity doesn’t seem to have helped the show.

Even the addition of a powerhouse producer like Steven Bochco early on in the season couldn’t halt the show’s decline. It peaked in its second week out, with a 4.8 rating, and has not come close to that level since.

“Commander” made Newsday’s Worst of 2005 list. “While this show has become a moderate-sized success -- with 17 million suckers tuning in each week -- that doesn't overrule the fact that ‘Commander’ is often silly, sophomoric and utterly improbable,” wrote Verne Gay.


31 posted on 01/22/2006 11:34:24 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: LdSentinal
Martin Sheen can make amends by taking the same part for the movie version of "State of Fear" when it comes out that he played in West Wing.

"and Republican portrayed by Alan Alda"

!

32 posted on 01/22/2006 11:34:54 AM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality) - ("Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein)
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To: zarf
For those of you who didn't see it......who are you to comment?

I never saw Debbie Does Dallas, or even Deep Throat. I guess I'll become officially neutral on them and have no opinion.

33 posted on 01/22/2006 11:35:08 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: zarf
"For those of you who didn't see it......who are you to comment?"

In my mind, the question isn't about whether or not it was a great show.

The question is should I watch a show that pushed left wing thinking on my family.

If you want to do otherwise, that's your business.

As for me and my house, we'll not watch left wing weenies preach their agenda. That's why they made CNN.
34 posted on 01/22/2006 11:35:33 AM PST by AlGone2001 (He's not a baby anymore...)
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To: LdSentinal

About time it was cancelled. It jumped the shark ages ago.


35 posted on 01/22/2006 11:35:58 AM PST by Thoeting
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To: LdSentinal

Never saw it.


36 posted on 01/22/2006 11:36:00 AM PST by CAWats
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To: COEXERJ145

One would think they'd run out of ideas by now.

They did. Years back. Same with the CSI's.


37 posted on 01/22/2006 11:36:07 AM PST by jwh_Denver (Don't be near Ted Kennedy when his liver explodes.)
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To: LdSentinal

Looks like the POS Lawrence O'Donnell will be looking for a new job. I'd recommend dog catcher.


38 posted on 01/22/2006 11:36:21 AM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: LdSentinal
Republican portrayed by Alan Alda

Strangely enough, I have an easier time imagining that than


39 posted on 01/22/2006 11:36:36 AM PST by martin_fierro (00111100 00100000 01111100 00111010 00101001 01111110)
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To: Dog Gone

It was a laughable, over-dramatic ultra-liberal piece of garbage.

Tears.


40 posted on 01/22/2006 11:37:12 AM PST by GAD
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To: scottinoc

I think I'm going to lose sleep over this. (/sarcasm)


41 posted on 01/22/2006 11:37:24 AM PST by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: LdSentinal


I am happy to say, I never watched it.


42 posted on 01/22/2006 11:37:53 AM PST by onyx
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To: zarf; Mrs Zip; BOBWADE
or those of you who didn't see it......who are you to comment?

I didn't see Grant's March to the Sea but I can still comment on it. Just because I'm not leftist sympathizer doesn't mean I can't read about leftist tripe.

It was just a democRap vehicle.

43 posted on 01/22/2006 11:37:57 AM PST by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA)))
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"GRANT'S MARCH TO THE SEA"???

I don't' think even General Grant saw that.
45 posted on 01/22/2006 11:40:30 AM PST by NathanR (Après moi, le deluge.)
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To: zarf

As preachy as Left Wing was, it was worthwhile watching at times. Particulary the series of episodes with a Repubican John Goodman as Acting President. "If Zoey Bartlett is harmed, I'm going to bomb the hell out of something."


46 posted on 01/22/2006 11:40:38 AM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he worked the bolt.)
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To: AlGone2001
As for me and my house, we'll not watch left wing weenies preach their agenda.

So you don't allow your family to watch presidential debates?

47 posted on 01/22/2006 11:40:58 AM PST by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: LdSentinal
It's real news . . .


isn't it?


48 posted on 01/22/2006 11:41:55 AM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: LdSentinal


Well it took them long enough! Next in line, book of daniel, commander in chief (abc), ellen degeneres, will & grace, desperate housewives, just to name a few!


49 posted on 01/22/2006 11:42:10 AM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: rockabyebaby

'Book of Daniel' ends after this Friday. This is 'Will & Grace's' last season was well.


50 posted on 01/22/2006 11:42:54 AM PST by LdSentinal
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