I stumbled across this article in EW's Popwatch and I can only hope it speaks the truth. The great Aaron Sorkin (man behind The West Wing , as well as its short-lived predecessor Sports Night and follow-up Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip ) might be considering a return to television. From EW: "A source close to Sorkin says the uber-writer is in talks with Entourage to guest star on the comedy once it returns to HBO in July. And there may be more good news on the horizon: Although his dance card is filled with must-finish screenplays (a Facebook movie! A courtroom drama for George Clooney called The Challenge!) word is that Sorkin is mulling over the idea of a new TV drama that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a cable news program (think: Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC)." Granted, Sorkin's other two behind-the-scenes TV shows were short lived (Sports Night and Studio 60), but none of them were bad (not even Studio 60, despite what some claimed). And...just watch any West Wing episode that the man wrote and you'll see the great TV he is capable of creating. So..who's with me in hoping this comes to be?
Continuing with this week's theme, it's time to examine where some of our favorite West Wing staffers have popped up since the show's conclusion. Martin Sheen - President Josiah Bartlett The greatest TV President has appeared in a multitude of films including Bobby, The Departed , Talk to Me and the upcoming Echelon Conspiracy . He also has a number of upcoming credits in various stages of production. Stockard Channing - Abigail Bartlett The lovely first lady has appeared in a film (Sparkle) in 2007 and has an upcoming film for 2009 - Multiple Sarcasms. She began narrating the Animal Planet series Meerkat Manor in 2008, is directing/producing the upcoming "The Joy of Funerals" and returned to Broadway with 2008's "Pal Joey". Bradley Whitford - Josh Lyman Bradley Whitford starred as Danny Tripp in Aaron Sorkin's short-lived follow up to The West Wing, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip , which aired for a single season in 2006. Whitford has appeared in films An American Crime and Bottle Shock , guest starred on Monk and starred in a Broadway play. He is currently starring in/producing a new pilot for NBC. Allison Janney - C.J. Cregg Allison Janney has appeared in a few films since her White House days including Hairspray and Juno. She guest starred in an episode of Two and a Half Men and provided a voice on 2 episodes of the animated Phineas and Ferb . She appeared in the internet video, Prop 8: The Musical and has a bunch of upcoming film credits for 2009. Rob Lowe - Sam Seaborn After leaving West Wing in 2006, Lowe starred in the short lived TV series Dr. Vegas, which only lasted for 10 episodes. He's also appeared in a few TV movies and now is a member of the ensemble cast of ABC drama Brothers & Sisters . He plays a senator! John Spencer - Leo McGarry "Leo McGarry" was John Spencer's final role, as he passed away of a heart attack in December 2005, while still a part of the West Wing's cast. A moving tribute episode was aired. Richard Schiff - Toby Ziegler Schiff has appeared in the films Waiting, Martian Child and Last Chance Harvey. He also has done some TV guest appearances in series including Burn Notice , Eli Stone and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles . Dule Hill - Charlie Young I'm sure many of you recognize Dule Hill as one of the stars of USA Network 's Psych , where he plays Gus. He's also appeared in a few films: The Guardian, Whisper and Remarkable Power. Janel Moloney - Donna Moss Janel Moloney has guest starred in a few TV shows including Showtime 's Brotherhood (5 episodes), House , Law & Order: Criminal Intent and 30 Rock . She also appeared in the 2008 film "Puppy Love". Joshua Malina - Will Bailey Joshua Malina was one of the stars of last season's short-lived Big Shots on ABC. He's also made guest appearances on many TV shows including Numb3rs , Medium , CSI and most recently, Grey's Anatomy . Where have you seen other West Wing alums appear?!
#5. Matthew Perry: Author's Note: It pains me to put Matthew Perry so low on this list, because he was arguably my favorite Friend (and I maintain that he possesses an enormous amount of talent), but looking at his credits, there just isn't that much to work with... On Screen Perry's main credit since Friends was the short-lived Aaron Sorkin vehicle Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip . Studio 60 was supposed to be the next big thing, but it fizzled and died after just a single season. At least Perry received generally positive feedback for his performance. The problem with Perry is that besides Studio 60 he hasn't done very much ; a TV movie here (The Ron Clark Story) and a movie you've never heard of there (Numb, Birds of America). While Perry has received positive reviews for all of these films, I just don't feel that any of them can be considered that big post-Friends breakthrough. Perry will also be playing an older version of Zac Efron in this Spring's 17 Again . Second billing to Zac Efron. Yikes! Perry's best chance for post-Friends success might be "The End of Steve", a new series for Showtime in which he will be starring and producing. Off Screen There's very little off-screen news for Perry and in his case, no news is probably good news since he previously suffered from various drug and alcohol addictions during his Friends tenure (and Chandler's weight see-sawed accordingly whether Perry was on or off of the sauce). Perry may or may not be dating his former girlfriend Lauren Graham, of Gilmore Girls . Hotness Retained? Here is an image of Perry from February of this year. Like LeBlanc, he looks older, but since he doesn't appear to be balding or fat, I'm going to go ahead and vote "Yes" on this one. Honestly, could he BE any more adorable? Previous Entry: #6 - Matt LeBlanc Next Entry: #4 - Lisa Kudrow
Just heard from a reliable source that Studio 60 (unaired episodes in Canada), will be coming to the CTV Broadband Network. These will be full length, HD-quality episodes you can stream online for free! Release date for the final 5-episodes is still TBC.