Now of course the biggest Hollywood player of all in modern times was Mr. Conservative himself (even though he began his political career as a Democratic) -- Ronald Reagan of course. There are differences of course, but on the crucial big issues, especially matters relating to Israel, Hollywood and Washington march in log-step but for a few special individuals who do indeed stand out - Sheen, Sarandon, Robbins, et. al.
Big Plot Change In Store For 'West Wing'
Hot on the heels of its fourth Emmy award for best drama, the executive producer of "The West Wing" has let slip a major plot change: The show is going bipartisan. For starters, the famously liberal President Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, is out of the Oval Office after he temporarily relinquished power in the midst of an international crisis involving his kidnapped daughter. Sitting behind the world's most powerful desk is the Republican Speaker of the House, played by John Goodman. But Reuters reports that executive producer John Wells says Sheen will get his job back--before too long.
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This is just one way "The West Wing" will become more politically balanced this season. "You will see the new speaker of the House, the majority leadership (in Congress), which is Republican, and those views much more represented on the show, and the conflicts between them in trying to get fiscal and international policy done," Wells told Reuters. He plans to use the show, which critics contend hasn't been as creative or interesting as it once was, to explore economic and security issues that divide Washington and the nation in real life. "We want to have conversations about international intervention, not to take pot shots in any way at what the Bush administration's been doing, but to just discuss how complex the issues are and how there aren't easy choices," he explained to Reuters.
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To make sure the Republican point of view is fairly represented, the producers have hired right wing political consultants, including former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein and John Podhoretz, a conservative columnist who wrote speeches for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush senior. Clinton White House aides Dee Dee Myers and Gene Sperling, who have long been a part of the behind-the-scenes work on "The West Wing" will remain.