'The West Wing' almost didn't get on the air, but the Internet saved it
AUSTIN, Texas — The West Wing may be an iconic piece of trailblazing television, but the story of its initial journey to the small screen is one with unforeseen complications and an unlikely hero — the Internet.
It was the late ’90s when creator Aaron Sorkin typed “fade out” on his first draft of The West Wing pilot, putting a pin in what would become one of the biggest shows on television. But not minutes later, his hopes for what the show could be were put on pause as news of Monica Lewinsky’s affair with then president Bill Clinton broke. In short, it wasn’t