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West Wing cast reunite to encourage people to vote in new special as Michelle Obama makes appearance

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West Wing cast reunite to encourage people to vote
Martin Sheen reunited with The West Wing cast for a special episode (Picture: Eddy Chen/HBO Max via AP)

The West Wing cast reunited for special performance to promote voting drive as they brought a new episode of the acclaimed political drama to the stage.

Martin Sheen reprised his role as President Jed Bartlet and was joined by his former co-stars including Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, Richard Schiff and Allison Janney.

While This Is Us actor Sterling K Brown replaced the late John Spencer as White House chief of staff Leo McGarry.

In the special, the cast re-enacted the Hartsfield’s Landing episode from season three, which featured Sheen playing chess with his staff members while involving in a much larger battle of brains with China.

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Elsewhere, Whitford’s deputy chief of staff Josh fixates over the portentous primary election outcome in a tiny New England town.

The special started with Whitford making an address to viewers.

West Wing cast reunite to encourage people to vote
Sterling K. Brown starred alongside Bradley Whitford in the special which aimed to encourage voting in the upcoming election (Picture: Eddy Chen/HBO Max via AP)
West Wing cast reunite to encourage people to vote
Rob Lowe and Allison Janney also featured in the HBO Max special (Picture: Eddy Chen/HBO Max via AP)

He acknowledged some would not ‘fully appreciate the benefit of unsolicited advice from actors,’ but ‘at a time like this, the risk of appearing obnoxious is too small a reason to stay quiet if we can get even one new voter to vote’.

The special was filmed at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and was in aid of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote organisation.

The former first lady even made an appearance during the show urging people to go to the polls, and she was joined by former president Bill Clinton.

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While West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin described the episode as ‘kind of an ode to voting.’

The West Wing ran from 1999 to 2006 and was hugely successful, winning 26 Primetime Emmys, among other accolades.

While many have praised the special, critics dismissed it for its portrayal of conservatives as some labelled it ‘The Left Wing’.

The West Wing special is available on HBO Max, and the US presidential election will take place on November 3. 

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