Although it may have been about as realistic to US politics as 'Magnum PI' is to the world of private investigation, 'The West Wing' was one of the earliest examples of prestige television out there.
Starring Martin Sheen as President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlett, the whip-smart drama series ran for seven seasons and probably inspired an entire generation to go into politics, both in the US and abroad. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the series ran for a total of seven seasons and won countless Emmys and Golden Globes along the way.
While a reunion episode - or even a continuation of the series - has been rumoured for quite some time, with even Aaron Sorkin throwing water on the mill about it, there's now something definitive.
Variety reports that the cast of 'The West Wing' are reuniting for a theatrical retelling of the third season episode, 'Hartsfield's Landing', with Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, and Martin Sheen all set to reprise their roles.
The episode centres around a chess game the President plays with both Sam Seaborn - that's Rob Lowe's character - and Toby Ziegler - Richard Schiff's character - and a primary vote in New Hampshire that has accurately predicted the outcome of the US Presidential Election for years.
The reunion is to help When We All Vote, a US non-partisan organisation that encourages voting, with the episode airing on HBO Max at some stage in the coming months. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on when the reunion episode will be available to everyone where HBO Max isn't accessible.