Tuesday, January 24, 2006


I'm sad to see that NBC has cancelled The West Wing. In its best moments (most of which were pre-Aaron Sorkin's departure) it was the most unashamedly pointy-headed show on TV. In its worst it at least allowed us liberals to live, if only for an hour, in a country where our president was not an intellectual homunculus.

Following up on this post by Lance, I wonder if it's possible for half a show to jump the shark? Because that's pretty much what The West Wing did when it made C.J. Cregg President Bartlet's Chief of Staff. Allison Janney is an excellent actress, and C.J. is a great character, but her overnight transformation into a savvy political power player has been one of the least convincing story lines since the Harlem Globetrotters landed on Gilligan's Island. On the other hand, the presidential campaign story, first the primaries and now the general between Vinick (Alan Alda) and Santos (Jimmy Smits), has been one I've found consistently interesting.

Any way, sad to see it go.

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