‘The West Wing’ cast reunites again, this time for a book

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This combination photo shows the cast of the award-winning White House television drama. “The West Wing”, from left, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford and Allison Janney who will take part in a book project called “What’s Next: A Citizen’s Guide to The West Wing,” organized by actors Melissa Fitzgerald and Mary McCormack, (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — The stars of “The West Wing” are once again joining together, this time for a book about the award-winning White House television drama.

On Monday, Dutton announced that it had acquired “What’s Next: A Citizen’s Guide to The West Wing,” organized by actors Melissa Fitzgerald and Mary McCormack, with the participation of Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney and series creator Aaron Sorkin among others.

“What’s Next” will combine memories of the NBC program, which ran from 1999-2006, with “a powerful case for competent and empathetic leadership, and for hope and optimism in what lies ahead,” according to Dutton, which has not set a release date.

In a joint statement, Fitzgerald and McCormack said the book was “for the millions of fans who love the show, and also to show how that love, hope and optimism it has engendered has been channeled into real world service and action. The show was fictional, but its legacy is very real.”

Cast members recently reunited for a staged reading of a 2002 episode about election politics and tensions with China that premiered last week on HBO Maxand was produced in partnership with When We All Vote, a nonpartisan civic organization whose founders include former first lady Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks and Faith Hill.

The series won four consecutive best drama series Emmy Awards beginning in 2000.

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