Tuesday, May 10, 2016

West Wing Weekly Love

It's finals week, which means I'm counting down the days until I've given all the government exams, assigned grades, and get to enjoy a few weeks off until Summer school starts.  I saw this yesterday, and would have shared it with my students if I thought they could appreciate the West Wing humor.

Who wouldn't love a good luck message from Josh and Sam?

If you know me, then you probably know I love The West Wing more than any other show that has ever existed.  And I do mean L-O-V-E!  I watched every single episode when it aired, and I have all the seasons on DVD (I'm no johnny come netflix lately).  I've watched each and every episode at least 15 times, and some way more than that.  

In today's times, everyone is clamoring for a reboot of their favorite shows, and I'm no exception.  I've loved that Sex and the City gave us a couple of movies, and I'm pleased as punch that Gilmore Girls has been filming new episodes.  I could easily get on board with an updated West Wing, I guess, but I'm perfectly satisfied with what's been trickling out over the past couple of months.

Did you see Allison Janney reprise her "role" as the press secretary at the actual White House briefing room?

And did you see Allison Janney and Bradley Whitford doing an walk and talk on James Cordon?

Finally, do you know about my newest obsession, The West Wing Weekly podcast?
You can find it on iTunes or listen on their website.  Here's the deal:  The podcast is run by Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirwa.  They started with the pilot episode, and each week they are discussing a new episode (in order).  There are no spoilers, so if you have never watched, you could start now.  They release a new podcast each Wednesday (because TWW originally aired on Wednesdays).  Some weeks it is just JM and HH discussing the episode.  Some weeks they have writers, directors, costume designers, stars, etc., on to discuss the episode and their experience as well.  When appropriate, they tie the episode or events to current day political topics.  (They have only done a few episodes, so there is still plenty of time to catch up.)

As I said, it is my new favorite thing!  I'm watching the episode once a week (rather than the binging and marathoning I've been inclined to do for the past 10+ years), and then listening to the podcast, and it has brought about a new enjoyment of the show that I can't say enough about.  I'm a total geek for admitting that, but my LOVE for this show is deep, and I adore JM and HH for doing this.  It's a real public service, in my opinion.  


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