Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Malina on Sorkin's Departure - Speech in Buffalo

From the Buffalo News : "Still, he won't give any odds on whether Republican Arnie Vinick (Alan Alda) or Democrat Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) will replace President Jeb Bartlet (Martin Sheen) on 'West Wing.'

'I think they've done a good job of writing two very viable candidates,' said Malina. 'Vinick is a Republican I could vote for, which would be a first for me. Nonetheless, I think I'd have to go with the young, idealist Latino.'

Malina has heard the criticism that 'West Wing' hasn't been the same since Wells took over for Sorkin three seasons ago.

'I can understand that kind of reaction,' Malina said. 'But I think people underestimated or were under uninformed about John Wells' background. Not only has he produced some great blockbuster shows, but he is a great writer.'

'If you are an Aaron Sorkin fan, and I am, I understand always lamenting his departure. But I also think it is a tribute to Aaron that he created a situation and these great characters that are so solid that with good writers taking them over they still are viable and compelling.'

From that answer, clearly Malina could have a fourth career as a diplomat."

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