New ‘West Wing’ with Sterling K. Brown? We’re in ... but what about ‘This is Us’?

December 1, 2017 GMT

A new version of “The West Wing”? Wow, that could be great.

Sterling K. Brown as president? Casting genius.

Brown leaving “This is Us”? Now, hold on a minute.

Aaron Sorkin teased the idea of an updated “West Wing” in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. He said he has a standing offer from NBC to reboot the series, which ran from 1999 to 2006.

Sorkin’s preferred scenario, he said in the interview, would involve, “Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there’s some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and (President) Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen), long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon.”


Brown seemed all for the idea:

But his boss on “This is Us,” Ken Olin, isn’t quite ready to let go of the actor who plays one of three siblings on the hit tearjerker.

Sorkin says his stumbling block — other than Brown’s commitment to the other hit NBC show — is how to bring Allison Janney’s C.J. Cregg or Bradley Whitford’s Josh Lyman into the new scenario.

So, don’t expect a “West Wing” reboot anytime soon.