The Sound of the Crowd

Oy

“The West Wing” is going right, according to this article on CNN.com. Exec producer John Wells sez:

“What we’ve tried to put forward in the Bartlet administration is a Democratic presidency that was a bit of wish-fulfillment of what you’d really want your Democratic president to be.

“I don’t think there’s any reason you wouldn’t want to see that show with a Republican.”

Reading this sent me running to the interview Playboy did with the cast & crew in October 2001 (See? I told you I buy it for the articles). To quote Bradley Whitford, the actor who plays Josh, the closest thing the series has to a lead:

“There is something inherently more heroic about a progressive Democrat than a conservative Republican…If we were a bunch of Republicans, the show would end with swelling music and we’d be jumping up and down and saying ‘Hurrah! We have managed to unprotect the land!’ ‘The tax break came through for the dot-com guys!”

And I thought “Buffy” fans had it rough in that series last days. At least “West Wing” has an obvious demarcation point, though–Aaron Sorkin leaves, and the show falls off a cliff. “Buffy” fans were fooled by the fact that Joss Whedon still put his name on a couple of shows and kept picking up a paycheck…


Recently on Ink 19...

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.