Well, it's official. In less than four months, The West Wing will be no more.
The decision to cancel it was made before actor John Spencer, who played former presidential chief of staff Leo McGarry, died of a heart attack Dec. 16, said Kevin Reilly, NBC entertainment president.Too bad about that last bit; I had hoped for at least one more episode that included Sorkin's wit and style of dialogue.
"There's a point when you look at the ratings and say, it feels like it's time," Reilly said.
The series finale will be May 14, preceded by a one-hour retrospective. The campaign to replace the fictional Josiah Bartlet as president will be settled, NBC said.
Producers Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme, who created the show and guided it through its early years, will not be involved in the finale, Reilly said.
Requests for the remainder of the series:
- Give Josh and Donna's nine-year-long saga some kind of closure.
- Let us find out what happens to Charlie and Zoe. Were they even at the big White House wedding?
- Give us at least one more C.J.-Danny scene--last week's scenes were splendid!