The West Wing - Season 6
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The sixth season opens with the Israeli and Palestinian delegations arriving at Camp David for peace talks. Despite problems at the summit, a deal is thrashed out by President Bartlet, but not before he fires Leo as chief of staff. Leo suffers a heart attack in the aftermath, leading to a re-shuffle of the White House staff. CJ Cregg becomes chief of staff but she finds it difficult to adapt, a fact not helped by the President's worsening multiple sclerosis and consequent interference from the First Lady in an effort to conserve his energy. Away from the White House, Josh convinces Texas Congressman Matt Santos to run for president, and after a shaky start, he finds himself in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination with Vice President Russell and former Vice President Hoynes. While the Republican primaries provide a clear winner in California Senator Arnold Vinick, a moderate, the Democratic ticket is not finalized until the Democratic National Convention, at which Santos is chosen as presidential nominee, with Leo McGarry as his running mate. Meanwhile, someone at the White House has leaked national security information to reporter Greg Brock.
The sixth season had star billing for twelve major roles, with nine of these filled by returning main cast members from the fifth season. The main cast members are credited alphabetically except for Jimmy Smits and Martin Sheen, who receive the \"with\" and \"and\" credits, respectively. Smits, Alda and Channing are only credited for the episodes in which they appear.
Characters that returned in recurring roles were Gary Cole as Vice President Bob Russell, Tim Matheson as former Vice President John Hoynes and Mark Feuerstein as Senate Majority Counsel Clifford Calley. Roger Rees as British ambassador Lord John Marbury also returned for one episode. Kristin Chenoweth joined the recurring cast as Annabeth Schott, a former feature writer who becomes Deputy Press Secretary. Recurring guest-star Ed O'Neill played Governor Eric Baker with Mel Harris (as Senator Rafferty) and Christopher Lloyd (portraying Lawrence Lessig) also guest-starring in one episode each. Actors who left the cast include John Amos as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Percy Fitzwallace who was killed in the penultimate episode of the previous season, Jesse Bradford as intern Ryan Pierce and Michael Hyatt as legislative affairs advisor Angela Blake.
In China, an impaired Bartlet is having trouble sitting through meetings following his MS attack. In Washington, a NASA functionary warns that an asteroid could strike Earth, while Josh wonders who should be the next guy to occupy the Oval Office and puts off a talk with Donna about her future until she finally quits her job.
Despite the best efforts of the White House, there is still no presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention. As convention chair, Leo, sits down with representatives from the various campaigns, trying to organize proceedings despite in-fighting. Meanwhile, the lives of the three astronauts in the International Space Station are still hanging in the balance as their oxygen supply dwindles. The White House tries to deal with the aftermath of the leaked rumor of a military shuttle that can be used to save them. With voices on all sides furious, President Bartlet demands that the leaker's name be on his desk by Friday and has given the task to Toby and Kate Harper. Back at the Convention, Josh is trying to work out where he can find the crucial votes needed to win Santos the nomination. With the belief that Hoynes' campaign is over, Josh asks his former boss to transfer his votes to Santos after the first ballot. Meanwhile, the Russell camp receives some bad news as Governor Baker suddenly becomes a viable candidate. At the White House, Kate and Toby meet the FBI agents in charge of interviewing people capable of leaking the shuttle information. The guilty party is facing ten years in a federal prison for releasing classified information. After being asked to drop out and support a candidate Santos gives a rallying speech to the delegates reminding them to vote with their hearts. Inspired by this Barlett quietly intervenes and encourages holdout delegates to support Santos. Josh tells Leo they still need a vice president and that the choice for the candidate is Leo.
The DVD release of season six was released by Warner Bros. first in the UK on September 26, 2005, and then in the US on May 9, 2006, after the season had completed broadcasting on television. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including audio commentary on three episodes from directors and writers, and a documentary on Allison Janney's portrayal of C. J. Cregg.
All episodes from the season are available to purchase and download through Warner Bros. Studio online store, to registered users of iTunes Stores in certain countries, and in the US through Amazon Video on Demand. In Canada, the sixth season was simulcast on CTV. In the United Kingdom the series was moved from E4 to Fridays at 9:00 p.m. on sister-station More4 with the season premiering in October 2005.
The season began shortly after the events that occurred at the end of season 5. President Bartlet, over the strong objections of Leo McGarry, managed to organize a peace summit at Camp David between the Israelis and the Palestinians. After numerous negotiating sessions, a peace agreement was reached, but only if the U.S. was willing to provide peacekeepers. The stress of his job, along with fighting with his best friend over the conditions of the agreement, caused Leo to have a heart attack. He resigned his post as Chief of Staff and recommended C.J. Cregg as his replacement. After some initial stumbles, C.J. proved to be more than up to the job.
Following the President's State of the Union address, Leo, returning to the White House in an advisory capacity, worked to convince the rest of the senior staff that there was still a lot that they could do in their final year in office.
There is so much in the government to learn, and The West Wing does a great job showing how every decision requires a balancing of the scales inside their own party. The parties are supposed to weigh two sides of one argument within their own party and then the two parties are supposed to weigh the arguments equally for all.
Categorically unlike its rival, The West Wing was a patriotic drama about a fictional ideal White House administration, its president and its staff. It started off as a goofy, comical and unrealistic show in which all of its characters were faultless, quasi-puritanical, and their natures and reputations were both squeaky clean. In this ideal White House, the president spoke fluent Latin and had previously wanted to become a priest. All the major characters came from different states and different backgrounds. They ranged from an immigrant Jewish family in the working-class streets of Brooklyn to a rich home in the suburbs of Connecticut, but everyone was one big happy family who loved each other deeply. To some extent, it was the reasons for its success. The writing of every episode but for two was credited to Aaron Sorkin in its first four seasons, and it was a writing that was snappy, educated, quick and fun to listen to.
Gail the Goldfish, friend and companion to C.J. Cregg and the rest of the gang at The West Wing, is back for an exciting sixth season. Gail moves offices, hosts a visitor, gets snubbed for an invitation to an ice cream party, and ponders classic literature. She also explores a little nihilism. That is one deep fish.
It should come as no surprise that The West Wing was big on Christmas episodes. A show as idealistic in its view of America as this was would obviously be all in on the Christmas game. The Sorkin years were the most Christmas-focused ones, with some of the best-regarded episodes of the first few seasons coming as the White House celebrated the holidays. The show found itself focused on other things during the holidays in the post-Sorkin years, though they only ever declined to make a Christmas episode once (in season 6, when the President was busy having an M.S. crisis while in China).
UW Office Annex (21st Street and Garfield, scheduled completion Sept.30) -- The project involves partial renovation of the lower level of the westwing for improvements to offices and other adjacent multi-user spaces. A lowbidder was selected, and construction will start at the end of May.
Energy Innovation Center (formerly ERC, at 1020 Lewis St., scheduledcompletion September 2012) -- Access to main campus will be between or throughEarth Sciences and the Berry Center. Lewis Street will remain closed duringconstruction. Parking will be limited in areas around construction, includingthe drive along the west side of Engineering. The access from main campus,along the west side of Engineering to Lewis Street, will be closed during thisphase of construction. The west end of the ramp, behind Engineering, will beclosed. Handicapped parking has been relocated to the northwest corner of Lewisand 10th streets, with access through the Berry Center or Earth SciencesBuilding to main campus.
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