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West Wing votes in new writers
The West Wing cast and crew including  Aaron Sorkin (top row, third left)
The West Wing has won many awards

White House drama The West Wing has gained a new team of writers for its fifth series after the show's creator stepped down.

Aaron Sorkin left in May and was replaced as the hit show's commander-in-chief by fellow executive producer John Wells.

NBC has promised viewers they will notice little difference, despite Wells bringing in a fresh group of writers.

"I don't think there's a huge change in the show," said NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker.

But fans may see less of the repartee between characters that was Sorkin's trademark.

"Whatever is gone with not having that small talk and small banter, I think what John has brought to these first two scripts is some incredible, emotional moments," said Mr Zucker.

Martin Sheen as the president in The West Wing
Martin Sheen plays the president in The West Wing
"Where you might miss a little of the small talk in the hallway, you're going to be quite taken with how gut-wrenching and emotional it is," he added.

Wells is also executive producer of ER and emergency drama The Third Watch.

The fourth series began on a critical and ratings low but picked up, helped by a storyline involving Friends star Matthew Perry as a White House counsel.

The show has won the Emmy Award for best television series for the past three years and achieved the rare feat of winning the prestigious Peabody Award twice.

It has also been nominated for this year's Emmys in several categories including outstanding drama series, lead actor in a drama and leading actress.

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