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‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ + ‘The West Wing’ in Oakland

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 2:17 pm in Oakland.

Just start cringing now.


ABC has put in development City Hall, a political drama executive produced by Bob Sertner. Written by Gideon Yago (HBO’s Newsroom), the project is being described as St Elmo’s Fire meets The West Wing set in the East Bay of San Francisco. It follows the mayor of Oakland and her irreverent City Hall staff of twenty- and thirtysomethings who take on the political and social establishment of a city in crisis while trying to maintain their own personal and social lives. Sertner will executive produce with former MTV host Yago for for ABC Studios.

What they don’t realize about Oakland is that it is – ALWAYS – stranger than fiction.

UPDATE @ 2:30 P.M.: My favorite responses so far to my tweet of this blog item:

Sprinkle in some “Mad Max” and you’re probably closer to the real thing.

“Dumb and Dumber” meets “Lord of the Flies” would be more realistic

UPDATE @ 2:38 P.M.: I’m sure I’m not the only one who recalls that the commonality between “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “The West Wing” is Rob Lowe; clearly he needs to be cast in “City Hall.” He’s a little old for the part, but perhaps he could play Sean Maher.

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  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Wish the recall effort could’ve raised as much money as will be spent producing this “masterpiece”. . . .

  • GV Haste

    Does it feature a cameo appearance by Jean Quan, playing a city fire hydrant in a dress?

  • Josh Richman

    I made my casting suggestion above, and a former Tribune intern suggested Judd Nelson as Ignacio De La Fuente.

    PLEASE add your own casting suggestions here in the comments.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I suggest tree trunks to play Oakland’s leading pols.

  • Elwood

    Jabba the Hut as Jean Quan.

  • John W

    One Flew Over the Cuckcoo’s Nest comes to mind.