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    The West Wing

    Rob Lowe Is “Ready” For ‘The West Wing’ Reboot & Knows Who Should Play The President
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    S02.E08: Dear Mrs. Kennedy

    The President of the United States was depicted as quite nasty.
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    The West Wing

    There's this from Abu El Banat, wherein Jed and Abby are talking about their children. Abby - We didn't beat them. Jed - There's still time.
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    The West Wing

    I agree the notion seems impractical from a logistical perspective. For one thing, Swimtern plays a critical role in getting his uncle to go along with Plan Swappity-Do. It seems highly improbable that Sorkin was involved in developing the character's backstory over several episodes just for that moment. On the other hand, I would definitely say The Supremes doesn't seem like a typical Debra Cahn product. She wrote two of my favorite episodes, Abu El Banat and Institutional Memory. They are both focused on relationships and the effect political careers have on people. The last few seconds of IM, when CJ realizes she doesn't want to work at the White House anymore, is one of my favorite moments in the whole series. The Supremes is the opposite of that. It is packed with constitutional issues and the politics that go into getting new justices onto the Court. Mulready's reference to Harlan's Dissent is another signature moment of the series. I watched the episode again a couple days ago and continue to be impressed by it. And then there's the casting. They got a lot of high-powered players for this one episode. Glenn Close(!), Bill Fichtner, Robert Picardo, Mitchell Ryan, and Milo O'Shea. Maybe they did plan way in advance to create this one swansong for Aaron Sorkin. In the end it's impossible to know the truth. In the commentary Cahn mentioned having many conversations with the support staff about the political process. One also has to wonder if Sorkin could have come up with the idea of a compromise involving cookies. I don't really care one way or the other and I don't need to know the answer; for me it was more valuable to think about the question.
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    The West Wing

    Well, the idea is new to me. I didn't start posting about this show until late in the last season, so was not exposed to such discussions. I have to say, I don't find it totally implausible.
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    The West Wing

    In the commentary to The Supremes, Cahn gives a long explanation that her mother was in the hospital when she wrote it; in response to the stress of sitting in her mother's room, she infused the script with a lot comedy. Perhaps the lady doth explaineth too much? Also: Peter Mayhew was in Star Wars with Harrison Ford who was in Regarding Henry with Annette Bening who was in The American President with Martin Sheen
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    History Talk: The British Monarchy

    I think the pictures of Diana hugging people with AIDS were worth hundreds (ok, ok, dozens) of appearances where the royal member just sat or stood or gave a small speech. I am reminded that during the Blitz, the royal family stayed in London, and after Buckingham Palace was bombed, the Queen said "Now we are able to look the East End in the eye".
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    S01.E04: Act of God

    Here is a complete version of the Killer Fog video. There are several quotes of Harold Macmillan that are similar to the things said by Churchill in this episode.
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    The West Wing

    Another Six Degrees entry: Georgia Engel was in The Mary Tyler Moore Show with Ed Asner who was in Lou Grant with Mason Adams and Robert Walden By the way, All The President's Men just arrived at Netflix, featuring Robert Walden and Hal Holbrook.
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    The West Wing

    Yo Yo Ma rules.
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    History Talk: The British Monarchy

    Ah, well, "twu luv" often turns out to be "to bluff". I've gone round and round in my head on this one, and now I'm also to the point where I hope they don't stay true to the real Diana (if that person can even be known). They should tell whatever story they think is entertaining, and adopt whatever characterization of the people is necessary.
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    The West Wing

    From In The Shadow Of Two Gunman, Part 2: Josh - Governor, California. You have to go the ballroom and give a victory speech in primetime and go to California.
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    Better Call Saul In The Media

    I found season 4 to be somewhat lacking. My theory is the delayed renewal after season 3 caused production to be rushed. Not only did this cause problems in the writing, but some actors signed on to other projects and were less available. I would rather wait for a proper Gilligan and Gould product than have a repeat of that experience.
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    The West Wing

    From Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Josh - You should've been more impressed that I was able to quote Theodore Roosevelt. Joey - I was impressed that you knew what 'polyglot' meant. Josh - 760 S.A.T. word, baby.
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    The West Wing

    Jan Michael Vincent was in The World's Greatest Athlete with John Amos, aka Admiral Percy Fitzwallace And just to throw this out there: Kathryn Helmond was in Soap with Billy Crystal who was in Forget Paris with John Spencer
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