March 30, 2001 |
"The West Wing" on NBC and Home Box Office's "The Sopranos" each won for the second straight year Thursday at the Peabody Awards for broadcast or cable excellence. The only other program to have won the honor two years in a row was CBS' quirky "Northern Exposure," said Louise Benjamin, interim director of the Peabody Awards. The annual awards are handed out by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
October 5, 2001 |
A special episode of "The West Wing" on Wednesday ascended to the highest rating yet for the White House drama and helped lift the NBC show that followed, "Law & Order," to its biggest audience in its 12-year run. An estimated 25.2 million people watched "West Wing," narrowly eclipsing the two-hour premiere that launched the show's second season a year ago.
December 25, 1999
Howard Rosenberg, whose commentaries I usually find compatible with my own opinions, comes off as a towering column of ambivalence ("Altruistic 'West Wing' Too Good to Be True," Dec. 15). He lauds "The West Wing" as eminently watchable TV and undercuts his own view by cynically deciding the series doesn't have the kind of conflict and "potholes" he believes better resemble "real life." We have had plenty of cynical West Wing inhabitants in real life, and those created for this excellent series have enough problems and differences of opinion to suit "average" viewers.
July 17, 2000
NBC's "The West Wing" scored a landslide victory as the 1999-2000 season's outstanding program in a vote by a group of more than 200 television critics, with the White House drama receiving a trio of awards Saturday as best drama, new program and overall program. The Television Critics Assn. also honored the first-year Fox series "Malcolm in the Middle" as best comedy and HBO's gritty production "The Corner" as the year's outstanding movie or miniseries.
July 23, 2001 |
"The Sopranos" and "The West Wing" tied for top honors as outstanding drama in awards handed out by television critics Saturday evening, while the HBO Mafia series was named program of the year. The Television Critics Assn.
December 15, 1999 |
You'll get no argument here about NBC's new White House drama being one of the most watchable series of the season. What's not to watch? It's well-acted, smartly written and a must-see for viewers smitten by topical issues that coexist with big humanity and big sentiment. A good series? Absolutely. "The West Wing" will never be a great one, though, until it takes that additional step and stops being a commercial for feel-good Feds. Call this the other side of the Clinton coin, if you will.
May 29, 2004 |
"The West Wing" lost one formerly loyal viewer this season. When creator Aaron Sorkin left the series after it had won consecutive outstanding drama Emmys its first four seasons, "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David -- who left that show years before it ended -- gave him some advice. "I don't know Larry David well," Sorkin told the audience Thursday evening at a Writers on Writing program sponsored by the Writers Guild Foundation. "But he beseeched me not to watch the show after I left.
October 4, 2002 |
Inside producer Lawrence Bender's spacious living room, beyond the candles surrounding the guest list and the stash of gift bags, a crowd of young, energetic liberals mingled with Hollywood types. The Wednesday night gathering was part fund-raiser, part viewing party for the second episode of the Emmy-winning "The West Wing," which aired on NBC at 9 p.m. Bender invited people to pay a minimum of $250 to watch it at his house.
May 21, 2003 |
Nothing offers a better microcosm of the TV season that officially concludes tonight than the madcap farce played out at 9 p.m. Wednesdays -- a how-the-mighty-have-fallen tale subtitled " 'The Bachelor' and the Bartlet-knockers." At center stage stood ABC's dating show, which helped systematically siphon younger viewers away from NBC's "The West Wing," a three-time Emmy winner for best drama that dared eschew sexual politics in favor of arcane questions of governance.
August 16, 2000 |
NBC used the week before the Democratic National Convention to launch its own campaign for "The West Wing," with four episodes of the program generating solid sampling among viewers last week, based on viewing estimates issued Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. The only installment of "The West Wing," which stars Martin Sheen, that failed to exceed 10 million viewers ran Aug. 8 opposite "NYPD Blue" and "Judging Amy."