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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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agenda; bias; cancellation; crap; garbage; goodriddance; liberal; liberalmedia; liberalpropaganda; nbc; ratings; theend; westwing
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To: LdSentinal

Only to replaced with "Crossing Brokeback Cowboys".


201 posted on 01/22/2006 6:12:09 PM PST by DoNotDivide (Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.)
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To: LdSentinal

i'm so saaaad


202 posted on 01/22/2006 6:17:02 PM PST by wardaddy (Alito is Clapton)
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To: NZerFromHK

That's rather amusing. What do Kiwis consider to be propaganda within "The West Wing"?


203 posted on 01/22/2006 7:10:11 PM PST by defenderSD ( In a battle of wits against a FReeper, the typical liberal is unarmed. )
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To: A.A. Cunningham

lol


204 posted on 01/22/2006 7:13:14 PM PST by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
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To: COEXERJ145

They get all their ideas from the newspapers, they won't run out.


205 posted on 01/22/2006 7:15:16 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Arizona Carolyn
No wonder GE wants to jetison NBC and MSNBC.

The people who made "The Book of Daniel" chose to spend GE's money to advance their own anti-Christian agenda. In any other industry that would have managerial heads rolling.

206 posted on 01/22/2006 7:19:19 PM PST by Sam the Sham (A conservative party tough on illegal immigration could carry California in 2008)
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To: Sam the Sham

If their ratings continue to tank heads will roll... they took one of their best shows (ER) and tried to make it political this year. I think they must have received complaints because they backed off, but for a few weeks they had Danny Glover guesting and it was painful.


207 posted on 01/22/2006 7:27:33 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: LdSentinal
Yeah "Left Wing" got canceled. All the Kosbots now watch "Hillary-In-Chief" instead.
208 posted on 01/23/2006 5:15:39 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Shame, not sanctions - UN policy on Iran)
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To: Sam Cree
"and Republican portrayed by Alan Alda"

Ah, so it's a science-fiction show.....

209 posted on 01/23/2006 5:17:37 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: Cincinatus

It needs to be in the Friday night Sci-Fi line up.


210 posted on 01/23/2006 5:54:18 AM PST by bmwcyle (We got permits, yes we DO! We got permits, how 'bout YOU?)
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To: LdSentinal

I love waking up to good news.

This may be a good week after all.


211 posted on 01/23/2006 5:58:46 AM PST by Lanza (Tom DeLay is my hero)
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To: LdSentinal

Never watched it. Heard about it, mostly on FR...


212 posted on 01/23/2006 6:00:19 AM PST by Fury
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To: Fury

Ha, ha, ha, ha!


213 posted on 01/23/2006 7:47:59 AM PST by outofhere2
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To: LdSentinal
If you're a Lefty, this is technically an impeachment/removal from office of "their President". Second one in 10 years for them. How will they cope?

At least the Lefties still have what's-her-name as a President.

214 posted on 01/23/2006 7:52:56 AM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: MadIvan
Perhaps NBC can do something sensible and pick up a treasure that Fox dropped - Firefly.

I keep hearing about that show, must have been good.

215 posted on 01/23/2006 8:55:04 AM PST by bigjoesaddle ("Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats." -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: turbocat
often I felt Bartlett's stand was really what the GOP would do (ie they had Bartlett do the GOP thing because it was the right thing to do, tee hee).

EXACTLY! I saw it about 10 times, and that pissed me of to no end when it happened. They would also show the Right's perspective, but not in total, and the Left view would win out. It was, however, very watchable for Conservatives. You just had to put up with 51% political idiocy

216 posted on 01/23/2006 9:03:15 AM PST by bigjoesaddle ("Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats." -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: LdSentinal
"The West Wing" won four Emmy Awards for best television drama in a row for its tales of political intrigue."

What is a "television drama in a row"?

Are they using "row" in the English meaning of "fight" or "argument"???

217 posted on 01/23/2006 9:36:11 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: zarf
"It was patriotic in every way. The characters deeply respected the institutions of government." Interesting.

Back in the old days, most Freepers thought that true patriotism entailed "disrespect for the institutions of government." Like Reagan, they advoated the credo that "government is the problem, not the solution." Those days are long gone.

218 posted on 01/23/2006 9:43:57 AM PST by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Yossarian

Last night's episode had a nuke scare in L.A. - close enough?


219 posted on 01/23/2006 10:26:56 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: oolatec

"Commander in Chief" is a trashy tabloid compared to "The West Wing" - so all of you who hated Martin Sheen on this were just getting started.


220 posted on 01/23/2006 10:31:07 AM PST by clawrence3
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