So Help Me: Bartlet, Trump, and the Presidential God-complex | 12 Apr 2017 // 9:00 PM
The West Wing's Jed Bartlet developed a God-complex because he became president; Donald Trump ran for president because of his existing God-complex.
First Impressions Count: The Importance of TV Pilots | 7 Aug 2011 // 5:00 PM
It’s one of entertainment's must cutthroat tryouts. The modern TV viewer knows what they want. Failure to deliver on such expectations can spell doom for a new program.
In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction | 10 Jan 2013 // 5:25 PM
Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?
The West Wing | 15 Nov 2005 // 7:00 PM
There are growing overlaps between politics, news, and entertainment. Hard news has taken a back seat to feature journalism and talk shows, real politics to realpolitik.
The West Wing | 31 Oct 2004 // 7:00 PM
The West Wing has locked itself into philosophical stasis, determined to air its liberal credentials via Bartlett and his staff yet equally determined never to challenge the status quo.
The Government Shutdown: Only on Television | 25 Apr 2011 // 1:00 AM
President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid managed to negotiate a compromise with the Republicans just two hours before a shutdown would have occurred. President Obama didn't have it as easy as The West Wing's Jed Bartlet.