‘Veep,’ ‘Good Fight,’ ‘Madam Secretary’ Bosses on the Importance of Aspiration in Political Shows

Just as the state of politics has changed in the real world recently, the state of politics on television has had to adjust as well.

“This show was aspirational,” director Thomas Schlamme said of “The West Wing” at a Television Academy panel about “Penning Pennsylvania Avenue” in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “[Creator Aaron Sorkin and I] both are patriots, and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do a Valentine to public servic…

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