I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts over the last few months, but last week I realized all of the shows I listen to fall into the same categories: comic books, movies/TV, and wrestling. Considering how many podcasts are out there, my listening habits were pretty narrow.
However, I am happy to announce that I’ve discovered a podcast called “The West Wing Weekly” that is all about my all time favorite tv show, “The West Wing.” Yes, you read that correctly. “The West Wing” is my all-time favorite television show. Despite my love for “Doctor Who,” “Boston Legal” and countless other, “The west Wing” holds a special place in my heart.
“The West Wing Weekly” is a podcast co-hosted by composer and fellow New Englander, Hrishikesh Hirway and actor Joshua Malina. If the second name sounds familiar it’s probably because Malina starred as Will Bailey for four seasons on “The West Wing.”
The first time I saw Malina was on “The American President” in 1995, (a movie written by Aaron Sorkin). But a few years later I came to really like Malina’s work on another Aaron Sorkin Show called “Sports Night.” The guy even showed up in an episode of HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon.” Chances are that if you don’t know his name, you’ll probable recognize his face.
Anyways, on “The West Wing Weekly,” Hrishikesh Hirway and Joshua Malina discuss every episode of the tv show from start to finish. But what’s also cool about the podcast it that Malina often shares behind the scenes stories, like the time he locked the props guy in a closet. But to make things even better, the two hosts bring on lots of great guests to discuss some episodes.
I’ve listened to nine episodes since finding the show on Monday, and so far Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, and others have guest starred on “The West Wing Weekly.” Other guests have included the costume designer, and a former political speech writer turned tv writer. So not only am I learning stuff about the tv show, but I’m also learning about other subjects as well.
I’m listening to the podcast in order, so I haven’t looked ahead to see who else makes an appearance, but I can’t wait to find out.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an old fan of “The West Wing,” or you’re just starting out. “The West Wing Weekly” is a show that has something for all, and it is hosted by two talented and funny guys. So check this show out!