A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President engages in a war of wills between the powerful GOP House Speaker over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs -- and the Democrats are blamed based on opinion polls. As Leo, Josh and Toby send everyone home, they remain uneasy as the President refuses to compromise -- until he arrives on a bold plan to personally and publically challenge the Republicans in the halls of the Capitol. Meanwhile, Abbey suddenly reappears from her self-imposed exile for a State dinner that she might have to cook herself.
According to Vanity Fair The West Wing has influenced a generation of White House staffers, calling it the Sorkinization of modern politics. A number of political staffers have suggested that the show, which made politics 'sexy' and 'idealistic' led to them getting involved in politics.
February 23, 2012
Bradley Whitford will star in a pilot from producer Josh Friedman. The show, called The Asset also starts Ali Larter as a CIA Agent and features Whitford as her supportive superior.
February 15, 2012
Allison Janney will guest star on an episode of The C Word, which stars Oliver Platt. She will portray "an ultra-successful Hollywood producer who wants to purchase Cathy and Paul's life rights in order to tell their story on the big screen."
February 10, 2012
Bradley Whitford will guest star on an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation playing a councilman who bears a resemblance to Josh Lyman. The episode, called Live Ammo, based on a line from the episode The Lame Duck Congress. Whitford will not share any scenes with his West Wing costar Rob Lowe.
Sam Seaborn: Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. Schools should be palaces. Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense. That is my position. I just haven't figured out how to do it yet.