“Welcome home, Mister President.”
“Thank you! What’d I miss?”
Oh, President Josiah Bartlet — you have no idea.
In a teaser for the upcoming “The West Wing” cast reunion, Martin Sheen’s forthright leader deplanes and is greeted on a tarmac as the strains of W.G. Snuffy Walden’s theme song fill the air. The clip sets up a nostalgic group hug for the cast of the Aaron Sorkin drama, who come together for a staging of the Season 3 episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” of the series, which aired from 1999 to 2006. The highly anticipated event will benefit When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization that urges voter participation.
The one-minute and 40-second clip, partly shot in black-and-white, features pandemic-worthy clear face guards, elbow and butt bumps, and lots of familiar faces with unnervingly unmasked smiles. Original cast members who will appear include Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen. “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown will also step in as Leo McGarry, who was played by the late John Spencer. The reunion, following COVID-19 production guidelines, was filmed this month at LA’s Orpheum Theatre.
“A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote,” which will include appearances by former first lady Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, will premiere Thursday, Oct. 15, on HBO Max.
By Eric Hegedus