This article is about West Wing Writers. It’s a list sortable by number of completed episodes of the TV show. Contributions are described in parenthesis. Collaborations are described by dashed lines.
This article will focus on the first episode of Season Five. It was “Broken Dishes” and featured Lauren Schmidt as President Obama. After she got through with her job, she went over to the White House to talk to her boss. There she found herself in the waiting room next to counselor to President Bartlet. In this conversation, she shares her thoughts about how the process works and the future of the West Wing.
First, President Bartlet explained that he wanted to bring the United States back together. He said he wanted to get the “Gates of Justice” back into place as they were before the storm. He also mentioned that he had some “stuff” on his mind that needed to be set aside for time-related issues. Sitting down with Counselorery, President Bartlet was informed that the White House Counselor, Debora Cahn, didn’t know what the “stuff” was.
The Counselor, Laura Glasser, was obviously having difficulty dealing with the “stuff.” She asked President Bartlet to take the case off her case list. President Bartlet complied. Shortly after this conversation, Laura asked Kevin Falls to step aside. He complied and kept in contact with Ms. Laura throughout the proceedings.
Once the Counselor left, President Bartlet was approached by his deputy chief of staff, Wes Joughin, and chief of staff, Joshua Pepley. They told him of their misgivings about the Teleplay. President Bartlet then decided that it would be better if the Teleplay wasn’t produced. These two men made a face and informed the President that he shouldn’t do it.
President Bartlet responded to them in part of of his book. President Bartlet explained to these gentlemen that although he didn’t want the Teleplay produced, he also didn’t want to see it negatively used by the media. He stated that he wanted to make sure that the Teleplay wasn’t going to be used to hurt one of his senior advisors, his wife, or anyone else. After discussing this with his wife, the President realized that his attitude toward the production was completely different from his previous attitude. He also realized that he really wanted to produce the Teleplay because he had such hopes for its success.
After this conversation, the writers behind the hit comedy series “The West Wing” decided to write additional episodes. During the writing process, the writers brainstormed on what the end result should be for each episode. What the writers discovered during this brainstorming session was that they weren’t writing just for entertainment value anymore. They found that the real purpose behind writing the teleplay was to write history. The writers wanted to document the real process that the Obama administration went through when they were negotiating the debt ceiling deal with the House and the Senate.
After the West Wing Writers Realization episode aired on September 10th, 2021, it became very popular among political junkies all over the country. Within a week the West Wing Syndication asked everyone who didn’t watch the show to watch it again and asked those people who watched the show to rate it for their personal enjoyment. Many people loved the hit comedy that was “The West Wing” and got into the spirit of the process that writers of the “White House” went through to write a hilarious script for “The West Wing” TV show.
After “The West Wing” ended filming, it was time to move on from the reality show “The West Wing” and readies a new season for White House Correspondence. However, when director Alex Cross returned to develop the series for a second season, he knew that he needed two more strong female characters in the show. In addition to Sara Obama’s mom, The West Wing Writers decided to add Kevin Dunn’s Assistant to the list of female West Wing Staff. It wasn’t going to be easy for The West Wing Writers to find a good replacement for outgoing Assistant Director Candicelli but they hit upon someone perfect in The Good Wife.
The role of The Good Wife became a natural fit for actress Sara Michelle Gellar as she played the wife of Peter Pan. Gellar is one of the most seasoned actresses on television today and taking on the role of a character that was created to make her husband’s life seem less complicated was the perfect way for her to showcase her talent. Additionally, The Good Wife marked the first time that going to peng show actors don’t have to act. They can simply act. This was a wise decision on the part of the writers, since we know that we’ll see a lot of acting scenes involving The Good Wife.
All of this means that The West Wing Writers was very lucky to have started writing about the White House last year. The writers could always wait for someone like Allison Acker to do a book or screenplay about the administration. However, circumstances have been very different. With the help of a brilliant show runner and a talented actress such as Laura glasser, The West Wing can finally begin exploring all the issues surrounding the American President.