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The West Wing reunion: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney pictured filming again

The cast of political drama West Wing reunited for the first time in 14-years on Friday as they prepared to film a one-off special ahead of the 2020 Presidential election.  

It was revealed last month that The West Wing cast will return for a HBO Max special to benefit Michelle Obama’s non-profit organisation When We All Votewith hopes of inspiring people to vote in November. 

Now filming of the much-anticipated reunion episode is underway, with original cast members Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney pictured dressed up in character while on location in Los Angeles.  

Current climate: Rob Lowe is seen on set reprising his role as Sam Seaborn, the Deputy Communications Director to Toby Ziegler

They're back! Allison Janney and Martin Sheen are seen filming a special episode of The West Wing for HBO Max on Friday in Los Angeles

They’re back! Martin Sheen, Allison Janney and Rob Lowe are seen filming a special episode of The West Wing for HBO Max on Friday in Los Angeles 

However, rather than all-new material, the one-off special will be a theatrical stage presentation of a previous episode that will stream on HBO Max this autumn. The episode in question, Hartsfield’s Landing, first aired in 2002. 

Both Sheen and Janney, 60, were pictured wearing face shields while filming, as other members of the crew wore additional facial coverings, abiding by strict social distancing rules for filming crews in LA. 

Meanwhile, Lowe, 56, was also seen reprising his role as Sam Seaborn, the Deputy Communications Director to Toby Ziegler, played by Richard Schiff.

Lowe posted a picture of himself on Instagram over the weekend which showed him reading through his lines for the show, along with the caption ‘Prepping for tomorrow.’ 

Back in the game: Richard Schiff is seen playing his role of Communications Director Toby Ziegler

Familiar faces: Bradley Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman

Timely: Some political commentators have pointed out striking similarities between Sheen's Bartlet and the current Democratic candidate Joe Biden

Back in the game: Richard Schiff is seen playing his role of Communications Director Toby Ziegler, alongside Bradley Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman, and Sheen’s President Bartlet

New rules: Since lockdown in Hollywood, there have been instructions for every element of production including the setup of production offices, location scouting, travel, castings and catering

In the oval office: Martin's take on the Presidential character earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor

New rules: Since lockdown in Hollywood, there have been instructions for every element of production including the setup of production offices, location scouting, travel, castings and catering

Reunited! Actors Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney film scenes for the much anticipated new episode

Reunited! Actors Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney film scenes for the much anticipated new episode

Also joining the returning ensemble cast were actors Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney, and Mary McCormack.

This Is Us star Stirling K. Brown was pictured too, who did not appear in the original series. However, Sorkin has previously spoken about his desire to reboot The West Wing with Brown as president.  

Janney is reprising her role as Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman, and Hill as Charlie Young, who went on to become the Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff. 

Some political commentators have pointed out striking similarities between Sheen’s Bartlet and the current Democratic candidate Joe Biden, making the special episode all the more pertinent to the current political climate. 

Ready for questions: Allison Janney's suit meant she was the perfect image of her character, Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (right)

Success story: Janney won four Emmys for her part as C.J. (pictured)

Ready for questions: Allison Janney’s suit meant she was the perfect image of her character, Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (right)

Success story: The West Wing ran for seven seasons from 1999 to 2006

Success story: The West Wing ran for seven seasons from 1999 to 2006

Sorkin is producing the special, along with original director Thomas Schlamme.

It was originally reported that the episode will be shot under COVID Safe Way Forward Protocols, and it appears that the cast and crew are taking the guidelines seriously. 

During filming, the actors were pictured standing next to hand sanitizer stations. Since lockdown in Hollywood, there have been instructions for every element of production including the setup of production offices, location scouting, travel, castings and catering.  








Power walk: Bradley Whitford, 60, is seen charging towards the set of the show

Power walk: Bradley Whitford, 60, is seen charging towards the set of the show

Safety first: Richard Schiff was seen standing next to hand sanitizer stations while on set

Reprisal: Allison is back as tough-talking Press Secretary C.J. Cregg

Safety first: Richard Schiff and Janney are seen standing next to hand sanitizer stations while on set 

Producers hope to raise awareness for When We All Vote, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama, who will also be sharing a special message to be aired during the show.

The series – following the highly-strung personal lives of presidential advisers – was critically acclaimed and loved by the Emmys, picking up a total of 27 awards.

Sheen’s Democratic President Jed was the dominant character as he weathered scandals and threats.

The series was produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Comfort: Oscar-winner Allison Janney was pictured wearing a pair of old sneakers underneath her grey power suit

In-demand: Allison is certainly one of the busiest stars from the series, as she is also currently filming her hit CBS show Mom

Staying safe: The duo wore face guards throughout

Comfort: Oscar-winner Allison Janney was pictured wearing a pair of old sneakers underneath her grey power suit

New recruit: This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown was pictured on set

Precautions: Brown, 44, was seen vigorously sanitizing his hands as he took a break from filming

New recruit: This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown was pictured on set 

Safety: The actors all appeared to be wearing US manufactured ZShield™ by ZVerse, products while filming

Safety: The actors all appeared to be wearing US manufactured ZShield™ by ZVerse, products while filming 

Pictured: Mary McCormack (right) as Deputy National Security Adviser Kate Harper in The West Wing (2004–06)

An important message: The West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is being produced with hopes of inspiring people to vote in the 2020 election

An important message: The West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is being produced with hopes of inspiring people to vote in the 2020 election

Sorkin – who is writing the original material for the event – released a statement last month saying: ‘Tommy (director Thomas Schlamme) and I are incredibly excited to be getting The West Wing cast back together for this staged reading and to support When We All Vote in their efforts to get all of us involved in this election.’ 

‘With A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, we are excited to revisit this legendary series and offer our passionate fans something that is substantial, meaningful and unforgettable, while also promoting an important message for our time,’ said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max. 

‘Combined with WarnerMedia’s donation to When We All Vote, this special not only entertains, but also help ensure the organization can carry forth its mission to increase voter participation in every election.’ 

West Wing aired on NBC from 1999 to 2006 for seven seasons and 156 episodes, with Sheen, 80, playing the fictional Democratic president Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet. 

Ready for it: Over the weekend, actor Rob Lowe posted this Instagram snap of himself reading his lines for the new episode

Back together: The cast of the hit TV series West Wing is coming back for the first time in 17 years for a good cause

Back together: The cast of the hit TV series West Wing is coming back for the first time in 17 years for a good cause

Doing their part: A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will be filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October and will air on HBO Max

Doing their part: A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will be filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October and will air on HBO Max

HBO Max is also working on an unscripted reunion special of Friends which has been delayed many times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the weekend, actor Bradley Whitford reunited with his West Wing co-stars Janel Moloney and Dulé Hill, as he waited to hear if he’d won at the Emmy Awards. 

However, Whitford lost out on his performance in The Handmaid’s Tale to Billy Crudup for The Morning Show. 

Drama: Sheen's Democratic President Jed was the dominant character as he weathered scandals and threats

Drama: Sheen’s Democratic President Jed was the dominant character as he weathered scandals and threats

Delighted: Aaron Sorkin - who is writing the original material for the event - released a statement last month saying: 'Tommy (director Thomas Schlamme) and I are incredibly excited to be getting The West Wing cast back together

Delighted: Aaron Sorkin – who is writing the original material for the event – released a statement last month saying: ‘Tommy (director Thomas Schlamme) and I are incredibly excited to be getting The West Wing cast back together

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