NBC RE-ELECTS EMMY-WINNING ‘THE WEST WING’ FOR ADDITIONAL TWO SEASONS THROUGH 2004-05

NBC RE-ELECTS EMMY-WINNING ‘THE WEST WING’ FOR ADDITIONAL TWO SEASONS THROUGH 2004-05
Published: January 17, 2003

photo preview / download BURBANK, Calif. — January 17, 2003 — By popular acclaim, NBC has voted to renew “The West Wing” (Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET) for an additional two seasons, assuring American viewers that the Bartlet Administration will continue in the White House on the network through the 2004-05 season, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment.

“In just a few short seasons, ‘The West Wing’ has caught the country’s attention,” said Zucker. “We put our faith in President Bartlet and his staff, and we are proud to share in this Emmy-winning program’s future for the next few years.”

“The West Wing” – which has won the Emmy Award as Outstanding Drama Series for three straight years – is in its fourth season and remains television’s upscale champion, garnering the highest percentage of its adult 18-49 audience from high-education and high-income homes of any prime-time network series. Through the first 15 weeks of the season, “West Wing” also ranks in the top 20 overall among adults 18-49 with an average 5.0 rating, 12 share, and was No. 12 in overall total viewers with 15.1 million.

“The West Wing” is from Emmy Award winners Aaron Sorkin (“A Few Good Men”), Thomas Schlamme (“Tracey Takes On”) and John Wells (NBC’s “ER”) and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Oval Office as seen through the eyes of its eclectic group of frenzied staffers and the devoted First Family.

This sophisticated, one-hour drama series stars Emmy winner Martin Sheen (“Apocalypse Now”), Emmy winner John Spencer (“L.A. Law”), Emmy winner Bradley Whitford (“My Fellow Americans”), Emmy nominee Rob Lowe (“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”), Emmy winner Richard Schiff (“Deep Impact”), Emmy winner Allison Janney (“American Beauty”), Emmy nominee Dule Hill (“Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk!”), Emmy nominee Janel Moloney (“Sports Night”), and Emmy winner Stockard Channing (“Six Degrees of Separation”).

For its debut season (1999-2000), “The West Wing” was honored with 13 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, an honor the series also received in 2001 and 2002. Along with its numerous awards, the show also received 20 additional nominations this year. It holds the record for most Emmys won by a series in a single season (its first). Other awards include a Peabody Award for excellence in television, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series and three Television Critics Association Awards.

“The West Wing” is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sorkin is the creator and executive producer. Schlamme and Wells are executive producers.

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