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  • Boidiva02
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    I just started watching “The West Wing” on Netflix about a week ago. I’m currently at the start of season 4 (I think I’m on episode 5). I’m curious about something though; by far and away Stockard Channing is among the most well-known performers on the show and it seems her role is basically a recurring guest star.    Was this simply the way they designed the role or was it a contractual issue? It seems IMHO, the first lady should have had a much larger role on the show.  

    Was her four nominations and one win for Supporting Actress considered controversial because of how little she appeared in any given season (especially compared to actresses who appear throughout an entire season) or did people just accept it because she’s Stockard Channing? Does her role grow larger in following seasons?    Was there ever discussion that she should have competed in Guest Actress because frankly that is what she was.   In the early seasons she was even credited as a guest star. 

    Also, I noticed that starting in 2004, they continued to get nominations but only got two wins (Janney in 04 and Alan Alda in 06) was there a huge drop in quality at this point or did they simply get beaten by newer, fresher shows?    
     

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    24Emmy
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    Also, I noticed that starting in 2004, they continued to get nominations but only got two wins (Janney in 04 and Alan Alda in 06) was there a huge drop in quality at this point or did they simply get beaten by newer, fresher shows?

     

    Aaron Sorkin left the show after season 4.

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    Indonesian
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    duh of course because SHE IS STOCKARD CHANNING!

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    adamunc
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    I do remember that Channing’s submissions the year she won, “Gone Quiet” and “Dead Irish Writers”, were considered very strong and she was the frontrunner.

     

    The show fell apart after Sorkin left/was fired. If ever a show needed its creator’s voice, it was TWW.

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    Somnambulist
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    Yes, Stockard Channing should have been placed in Guest Actress. Ditto Holland Taylor for The Practice.

    There are always category placement issues with the Emmys, though. And their eligibility rules change so much and they seem to make so many exceptions to them that I can never quite keep track. Many of us know that the guest categories were abolished in 1992 and guest performers allowed to compete in the lead/supporting categories. That year, Tyne Daly was up for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for a single episode appearance on the sitcom Wings. A few years later, in 1995, she was nominated for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in the second season of Christy–but only five episodes were aired that season! The rest of the season was burned off during the summer, and Daly would win the Emmy for it the following year. I believe a series that runs less than six episodes is now required to submit in the miniseries/movie categories?

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    There was a huge drop in quality in season 4 as Sorkin drug issues made him wildly uneven! But it still won best drama and was even nominated after he left just out of previous affection. There’s no way 2003-2004 should’ve been nominated! Stockard Channing was controversial but she was stockard Channing. They love her. She won for the Matthew sheperd story.

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    Stockard Channing was brilliant on “The West Wing”. She did very good work and was an exceptionally strong and memorable presence when she appeared. Her nominations made sense and I don’t think there wasn’t any significant controversy with her placement (with the exception of season one).

    She couldn’t have competed as a guest star because she was in too many episodes. The category had a six-episode limit and she was usually well above that number. As previously mentioned, there was an exception: in 2000, the show’s first season, she was nominated in the supporting category for three episodes. There was some controversy but the rules were different back then and quite complicated. I think there was a rule requiring guest stars to have a single arc/ storyline. Stockard Channing showed up in different parts of that season with various storylines.

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    Stockard Channing is excellent, and I don’t want to come off pedantic, but I wouldn’t say she is the most well-known in the cast. I would say that Martin Sheen, Alan Alda and maybe even Rob Lowe are more known. That random observation aside, yeah, she is pretty great.

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    You’ve all made very fair points.    

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