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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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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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To: <1/1,000,000th%

I noticed that too - not the best syntax obviously.


221 posted on 01/23/2006 10:31:54 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: birbear

More like 99% ; )


222 posted on 01/23/2006 10:33:40 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: frankensnake

Good news - I had heard "Commander in Chief" was winning its timeslot.


223 posted on 01/23/2006 10:34:48 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: clawrence3

I never watched it knowing it was liberal propaganda. At one time I would have watched for Martin Sheen but when Sheen got preachy and political I could not abide him anymore. Same with the rest of the Hollywood libs. I would never pay to see them. Susan Sarandon, Glyneth Paltrow, George Clooney, Danny Glover, Jamie Foxx, Robert Redford, and Steven Speilberg. And since Buttcrack Mountain came out, I have been able to keep food down.


224 posted on 01/23/2006 10:37:36 AM PST by outofhere2
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To: outofhere2

Martin Sheen got preachy and political in, oh, 1969 - so I'm not sure when you stopped watching him ; )

Seriously, I do not pay to see any of those actors either - if I have to go to the theatre with any libs, I buy a tickets for something else like The Passion or Chronicles of Narnia and then go see the other movie - since it's on T.V. though, I don't have a problem adding it to TiVo. Maybe if we were a Neilson ratings household, I would hold your opinion.


225 posted on 01/23/2006 10:45:27 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: outofhere2

Correction:

Since Buttcrack Moutain came out, I haven't been able to keep food down. Now I'm waiting for the new CNN line up. Cnn is bringing in Glen beck and J.C. Watts. I hope those two hold up and not get rolled over like Scarborough on MSNBC. I just can't watch him or Tucker Carlson. MSNBC defangs their conservatives making them boring. Only Michael Savage and Allen Keyes were good on MSNBC and they got rid of Keyes for Donahue who tanked big time.


226 posted on 01/23/2006 10:46:31 AM PST by outofhere2
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To: clawrence3

Martin Sheen has been bleeding heart liberal along time but it is me who has changed politically. Things that didn't bother me before outrage me now. The inconsistencies of the liberals grates me now and believe me, I'm the last person in the world who would have ever considered voting Republican. However, when it comes to seeking common sense in the two major political parties, the dems come up short.


227 posted on 01/23/2006 10:51:43 AM PST by outofhere2
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To: LdSentinal

Anyone have a picture of Martin Sheen walking down a sidewalk with duct tape over his mouth they can paste on here?

One if funniest things I've seen from Hollyweird in a long time.


228 posted on 01/23/2006 11:02:12 AM PST by WildWeasel
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To: outofhere2

I am not faulting you for being outraged my that at all - each battle in our fight against liberalism needs its own general ; )


229 posted on 01/23/2006 12:46:31 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: LdSentinal

Damn! Won't be able to ignore it for an eighth year!


230 posted on 01/23/2006 12:50:30 PM PST by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It already is on BRAVO.....


231 posted on 01/23/2006 1:02:32 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
I loved Lenny and miss Jerry Orbach terribly.

Me too. I'll take Lenny and Benjamin Bratt or Lenny and Chris Noth any day. There was still some irreverence in the show then.

232 posted on 01/23/2006 1:21:26 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Ben Hecks
I also have never watched Oprah, Jerry Springer or The View

It has been proven that watching these shows actually lowers one's intelligence!

233 posted on 01/23/2006 1:22:34 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: WildWeasel

234 posted on 01/23/2006 1:27:28 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: LdSentinal
"Another blow to Al-Queda. Another victory in the War on Terror."

If only the blight of other liberal cultural initiatives could be removed as easily as cancelling a television program.

Sheen will have to find some other way to tilt at windmills with his misdirected self-righteousness.

235 posted on 01/23/2006 1:28:04 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Arizona Carolyn
they took one of their best shows (ER) and tried to make it political this year.

ER went political a long time ago, when half of the female characters came out as lesbians. I used to watch religiously but haven't seen it in two years now. Is it still on?

236 posted on 01/23/2006 1:28:13 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: LdSentinal

I never watched one episode, so I won't miss it! lol.


237 posted on 01/23/2006 1:29:28 PM PST by LucyJo ("I have overcome the world." "Abide in Me." (John 16:33; 15:4)
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To: NathanR
"GRANT'S MARCH TO THE SEA"???
I don't' think even General Grant saw that.

LOL!!!!

238 posted on 01/23/2006 1:33:00 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: mtbopfuyn
About time. Never once watched it.

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I watched part of a show the first year, and remembered why I hate Martin Sheen. I changed the channel and that was it.

239 posted on 01/23/2006 1:33:09 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: RasterMaster
Martin Sheen will have more time for the "peace" protests!

Can he be helped?

240 posted on 01/23/2006 1:33:41 PM PST by JamesWilson
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To: Bullish
Proud to say I never watched one second of "the left wing".

Ditto.

241 posted on 01/23/2006 1:40:59 PM PST by GSHastings
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To: MadIvan
Perhaps NBC can do something sensible and pick up a treasure that Fox dropped - Firefly.

Fox had it?? I only saw it on the Sci Fi channel.

242 posted on 01/23/2006 2:09:36 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: GSHastings

Same here. Didn't hold any interest for me.


243 posted on 01/23/2006 2:10:20 PM PST by bonfire
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

I liked to watch it when most of the action was in the White House. I was interested in the workings of the place. But when they used the whole last season on the election, it got really boring. I also couldn't stand Toby. And the banter between Josh & his assistant was stupid.


244 posted on 01/23/2006 2:11:24 PM PST by usflagwaver
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To: I_like_good_things_too
Alan Alda. He's the poster child for a democrat girlie man if there ever was one.

I enjoyed his performance in The Moonshine War. He even carried a firearm !

That movie must have been made prior to his estrogen replacement therapy.

245 posted on 01/23/2006 2:35:04 PM PST by Freebird Forever (If they're truly public servants, why do they live in the mansions?)
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To: Lady Heron

It was initially a Fox show. Then the fools at Fox decided to drop it, even though the fan base is still continuing to grow. DVD sales for the programme are huge in both America and overseas.

Regards, Ivan


246 posted on 01/23/2006 2:51:36 PM PST by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: Rummyfan

Actually one of their characters came out as a lesbian. Her 'partner' died and she is hardly every shown on the show these days. Yes, it is still on..


247 posted on 01/23/2006 3:32:51 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: jwh_Denver
Ok you want to play games because you cannot answer what I asked you. It just goes to show your point about "usually" is full of it... Please think instead of giving me a knee jerk response...
248 posted on 01/23/2006 6:38:29 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

You go dig up the FBI statistics. They had nothing to do with Law and Order. You are shy 1 knee in knee jerk. Do I have to explain that to you?


249 posted on 01/24/2006 5:35:14 PM PST by jwh_Denver (Don't be near Ted Kennedy when his liver explodes.)
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To: TexKat; Seadog Bytes; Cincinatus' Wife; Coleus; Berosus; blam; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...

The replacement will be a show about the director of FEMA, starring Sean Penn.


250 posted on 01/25/2006 11:36:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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