HBO Max and Aaron Sorkin announce ‘A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote’


For the first time in 17 years the award winning original cast of The West Wing will come together for a special staged theatrical presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode.

Ahead of one of the most pivotal elections in our nation’s history, HBO Max and The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin announced today that the original cast of the Emmy winning hit Warner Bros. Television drama series will come together for a special episode which will debut on the streaming service this fall. The creative team and cast organized this historic production to raise awareness for and support the vital mission of When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama which was founded to increase participation in every election in America. In honor of the special, WarnerMedia will make a donation to When We All Vote.

The “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode original aired in the show’s third season on February 27, 2002. Eighteen and a half years later the A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will shoot over multiple days at the iconic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles in early October and will strictly follow COVID Safe Way Forward Protocols. The West Wing stars Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will reprise their roles from the episode.

In addition to the participation of the original series cast members, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will also feature special guest appearances, including a special message from Michelle Obama. Additional cast members and special guests from the worlds of public service and the arts will be announced in the coming weeks. It will be executive produced by Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme and Casey Patterson, with Schlamme set to direct. Sorkin will also write original exclusive material for the special as well.

Aaron Sorkin said: “Tommy and I are incredibly excited to be getting The West Wing cast back together for this staged reading and to support When We All Vote in their efforts to get all of us involved in this election.”

“With A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, we are excited to revisit this legendary series and offer our passionate fans something that is substantial, meaningful and unforgettable, while also promoting an important message for our time,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max. “Combined with WarnerMedia’s donation to When We All Vote, this special not only entertains, but also helps ensure the organization can carry forth its mission to increase voter participation in every election.”

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will air this fall on HBO Max. A specific date has yet to be announced.

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