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TNT's Friday West Wing Marathons Galvanize Voters Throughout October

Election-Themed Episodes of The West Wing Curated by Creator Aaron Sorkin  

TNT Marathons to Support HBO Max’s October 15th Premiere of A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote and Featuring the Original Cast in a Staged Theatrical Presentation of “Hartsfield’s Landing” Episode

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LOS ANGELES – October 8, 2020 –  To support the importance of voting and to raise awareness for HBO Max’s A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All VoteTNT will air  Friday marathons of The West Wing, starting on October 9 leading up to the general election in November. This installment of election-themed episodes from the Emmy®- and Peabody Award–winning hit Warner Bros. Television drama series serve as a valentine to voting. The marathon will begin and end with “Hartsfield’s Landing,” the same episode penned by creator Aaron Sorkin that will be enacted by the original cast on the Orpheum Theater’s stage during the HBO Max special, which premieres October 15.
“No matter what side of the aisle you fall on, everyone can agree on two things -- the importance of voting, and  the fact that no other politically-themed series in the history of television captures the spirit of democracy better than Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS, & truTV. “We could not be happier to lend our air at this critical time to this groundbreaking series in an effort to inspire would-be voters and to highlight the work of our partners at HBO Max for their momentous Special.”
Friday, October 9
9:00 a.m. – Hartsfield’s Landing
Bartlet plays a game of brinksmanship with China.
10:00 a.m.  – 20 Hours in America Pt. 1
The reelection campaign is underway.
11:00 a.m. – 20 Hours in America Pt. 2
The staffers deal with the crisis caused by a bomb.
Friday, October 16
9:00 a.m. – College Kids
Bartlet's campaign runs into trouble.
10:00 a.m.  – The Red Mass
Bartlet considers overtaking domestic terrorists in Iowa.
11:00 a.m. – Debate Camp
Bartlet must deal with an Israeli air attack on Qumar.
Friday, October 23
9:00 a.m. – Game On
Even skeptical Toby admits that Bartlet is ready to debate.
10:00 a.m. – Election Night
Bartlet and his staff begin counting exit poll votes.
11:00 a.m. – Process Stories
A congressional race gives the White House staffers an idea.
Friday, October 30, 2020
11:00 a.m. – Hartsfield's Landing
12:00 p.m. – 20 Hours in America Pt. 1
1:00 p.m. – 20 Hours in America Pt. 2
2:00 p.m. – College Kids
3:00 p.m. – The Red Mass
4:00 p.m. – Debate Camp
5:00 pm. – Game On
6:00 p.m. – Election Night
7:00 p.m. – Process Stories

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote marks the first time in 17 years that the original cast of The West Wing will come together with creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas SchlammeThe West Wing stars Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, and Martin Sheen will reprise their roles from the episode.
Additionally, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will include act breaks with guest appearances from When We All Vote co-chair Michelle ObamaPresident Bill Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more.  Fans will also be treated to the musical talents of legendary Emmy® award–winning composer W.G. Snuffy Walden, who will take to his guitar to play the iconic score for The West Wing theme song. Folk rock band, The Avett Brothers, will also close out the special. The creative team and cast organized this historic production in order 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.
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted TelevisionAaron SorkinThomas Schlamme and Casey Patterson are the executive producers. Rob Paine is co-executive producer and Schlamme will serve as director. The production will strictly follow COVID Safe Way Forward Protocols.
Spanning seven seasons, The West Wing provided a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of an eclectic group of frenzied staffers in the Oval Office and the West Wing of the White House. Emmy® winner Aaron Sorkin created the series and served as an executive producer with Emmy® winners Thomas Schlamme and John Wells (ERShameless). One of the most critically acclaimed and lauded shows in television history, The West Wingwon 27 Primetime Emmy® Awards (including one for The West Wing: Documentary Special), two Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes, two Golden Globe® Awards, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Writers Guild of America Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and five Television Critics Association Awards, among many others.
The West Wing starred Emmy® nominee Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation, 9-1-1: Lone Star), Emmy® winner/Oscar® nominee Stockard Channing (The Good Wife, Six Degrees of Separation), Emmy® nominee Dulé Hill (Psych), Emmy® and Oscar® winner Allison Janney (Mom; I, Tonya), Emmy® nominee Janel Moloney (The Leftovers), Emmy® winner Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor, Clemency), the late Emmy® winner John Spencer (L.A. Law), Emmy® winner Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale, Get Out) and Emmy® winner Martin Sheen (Grace and Frankie, The Departed), and was produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
When We All Vote is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit launched by Co-Chair Michelle Obama in 2018 on a mission to change the culture around voting by bringing together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. They are also on a mission to close the race and age voting gap and empower all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies. Learn more here.
Original Air Date: February 27, 2002
Bartlet (Martin Sheen) engages both Sam (Rob Lowe) and Toby (Richard Schiff) in intricate chess matches that mirror the wily game of brinksmanship that Bartlet is playing with the Chinese, who are conducting war games in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese threaten real war if Taiwan begins test firing its new U.S.-made Patriot defense missiles. Meanwhile, Josh (Bradley Whitford) is nervous about the 42 votes in a remote New Hampshire town's election, which are counted immediately and always predict the winner of that state's primary. Mischievous C.J. (Allison Janney) tries to upset Charlie (Dulé Hill) by hiding his copy of the President's top-secret daily schedule — prompting a spate of playful tricks. The episode was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Vincent Misiano.
TNT, a WarnerMedia brand, is watched by more people than any other cable network and known for big, lean-forward television that gives viewers the best seat in the house for electrifying stories, dynamic characters and thrilling events. TNT is home to some of television's most popular original series including SnowpiercerThe AlienistThe Alienist: The Angel of Darkness, Animal Kingdom and Claws. TNT is expanding its programming to include premium unscripted with the docuseries ShaqLife, giving an all-access look at the larger-than-life personality. TNT also presents popular shows such as Bones and Castle, in addition to primetime specials and sports coverage, including the NBA and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships and the professional wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which has exploded onto the scene with AEW Dynamite premiering as the night’s #1 wrestling show. Website:
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Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full-service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials, with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Casey Patterson is a five-time Emmy®- and two-time PGA Award–nominated, NAACP Image Award–winning, and critically acclaimed executive producer who has created and produced an array of groundbreaking programming during her 25-year career, including such high-profile events as The Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, The Concert of the Century at the White House, The 9/11 Concert for New York City, A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix, Some Good News with John Krasinski, MTV Movie & TV Awards, One Night Only: Alec Baldwin, and NBC’s Concert for America.
Warner Horizon Unscripted Television is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of primetime reality series for both network and cable. A division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television, led by Mike Darnell, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television’s slate includes “The Voice,” “Little Big Shots” with Melissa McCarthy, the Ellen DeGeneres–hosted “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways,” and Ava DuVernay’s “Home Sweet Home” for NBC, plus “The Bachelor” franchise for ABC, which includes “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and the touring version “The Bachelor Live on Stage,” as well as digital and podcast extensions of the long-running franchise. Warner Horizon Unscripted Television recently announced signature docu-series unit includes “Helter Skelter” for EPIX and “EQUAL,” coming to HBO Max later this year.
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Warner Bros. Television
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