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Monday, 24 September, 2001, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
US attacks in West Wing storyline
The cast of The West Wing
The West Wing: 18 Emmy nominations this year
A special episode of US TV drama The West Wing is being made in response to the attacks on the US.

The drama, which tells the inside stories of a fictitious White House administration, won nine awards at the 2000 Emmys.

Series creator Aaron Sorkin has written a new story entitled Isaac and Ishmael, to be shown on 3 October, less than a month after the attacks on 11 September.


I don't think it was possible for us to proceed without acknowledging what happened

John Wells, executive producer, West Wing
The NBC network said the episode would deal with "some of the questions and issues currently facing the world" after the attacks - but refused to release any plot details.

The original opening episode for the autumn series, Manchester Part I, has been moved back to 10 October to make way for the special show.

'Brilliant writer'

Aaron Sorkin said he wants to confront the recent events in the US, and encourage tolerance of other cultures and ideas.

NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said: "Aaron is a brilliant writer who has something he wants to say.

Thomas Schlamme and Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin (right) won a TV Critics award in July
"We have great faith in his abilities to interpret last week's events in a manner that will make this an important hour of television."

The show's executive producer John Wells said of the new episode: "I don't think it was possible for us to proceed without pausing to acknowledge what happened."

The show looks set to repeat its success at the Emmys, with 18 nominations for its second series.

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