`West Wing’ bows out

NBC confirms that this will be the last season for “The West Wing.”

Early reports had series creator Aaron Sorkin coming back for the final episodes, but producer John Wells says that won’t happen.

“I’ve always tried to get Aaron back, but he’s been too busy. Right now he’s working on ‘Studio 7’ for NBC, and he just doesn’t have the time,” Wells said.

Wells said series co-star John Spencer, who recently died of a heart attack, had already shot his episodes up to five days before the election storyline featured this season on the show.

Spencer’s character was a staffer turned vice president candidate.

“We knew where we were going when this happened, so it didn’t change much about what we were going to do with the series until the final few epsiodes,” Wells, who had just come from a memorial service for Spencer. “It’s difficult to think of the series and where it is going when you are still grieving for a friend.”

2 Comments

  1. Ella Bennigan said,

    January 18, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    Hello Susan Young! I enjoy your writing from the TV convention.
    I am sad that West Wing is leaving the air but so happy that Mr. Sorkin is coming back. He should have never even gone away.
    Do you think there will beany kind of spinof from West Wing? I will miss seeing Aliosn Janey every week. And I’m still sad about Leo’s passing.
    Anyway, great job.
    Ella

  2. Sue Young said,

    January 22, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Although the early reports had Sorkin returning, it turns out that won’t be happening.
    It would have been nice to have him back, but he’s been away from the series for so long, he probably thought it best to leave the finale in the hands of those who have been helming the series since his departure.