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Thomas Schlamme wins DGA award for ‘West Wing’ special – Deadline

Twenty years after winning a DGA award for West wing in the Drama Series category, Guild President Thomas Schlamme ended up winning tonight for the Aaron Sorkin Series in the Variety / Talk / News / Sports – Specials slot.

Schlamme won for leading HBO Max reunion on October 15 A special west wing offer that will benefit when we all vote The special picked up the first time in 17 years that the original cast of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning drama series reunited with Sorkin and Schlamme for a special theatrical presentation of the third episode “Hartsfield’s Landing”. season of the show. the west wing stars Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen reprized their roles from the episode. Additionally, the special had special appearance breaks by When We All Vote co-chair Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Tonight’s victory replaced Schlamme’s fifth DGA award. Before tonight, he was recently recognized in 2017, with the Robert B. Aldrich Award of Excellence.

“Hartsfield’s Landing” first aired on February 27, 2002 on NBC. The episode shows that President Bartlet de Sheen engages both Sam (Rob Lowe) and Toby (Richard Schiff) in complex chess matches that mirror the artful game of breaking sense that Bartlet plays with the Chinese, who play war games in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese are threatening a real war if Taiwan starts testing its new US-made Patriot defense missiles. Meanwhile, Josh (Bradley Whitford) is nervous about the 42 votes in the remote town of New Hampshire, which are counted immediately and still predict the winner of that state’s primary. Mischievous CJ (Allison Janney) attempts to antagonize Charlie (Dulé Hill) by hiding her copy of the President’s top-secret daily schedule – causing a series of playful tricks. The episode was written by Sorkin and directed by Vincent Misiano.

Emmy-winning songwriter WG Snuffy Walden performed West wing sheet music on guitar and the folk rock group The Avett Brothers closed the special.

When We All Vote was founded to increase turnout in U.S. elections. WarnerMedia donated to the organization.

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