|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|Richard Schiff as||Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler||Communications Director|
|John Spencer as||Leo Thomas McGarry||Chief of Staff|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Deputy Chief of Staff|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Mary-Louise Parker as||Amy (Amelia) Gardner||Lobbyist|
|Mark Harmon as||Simon Donovan||C.J.'s Secret Service Agent|
John Amos as
|Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs|
|Kurt Fuller as||Advisor|
|Juan Garcia as||Rick Pintero||Congressman|
|Christopher Curry as||Colonel Lee|
|Glenn Morshower as||Mike Chysler|
|Thomas Kopache as||Assisant Secretary of State||Bob "Bobby" Slatterly|
|William Thomas Jr. as||David|
|Annika Peterson as||Jane|
|Nicki Micheaux as||Muriel|
|Bob Morrisey as||Harry Conroy||Chairman in North Dakota|
|S.E. Perry as||Marine Officer||Tommy|
|Harry S. Murphy as||Witness|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Kevin Brief as||Democrat|
|Roz Witt as||Democrat|
|Horward Lockie as||Democrat|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications' Director|
|Kim Brockington as||Agent Thayer||Pam (first name)|
... the prez still is going to need a warm body to field his calls. The question is: Who?
"I don't know yet, but somebody will," series creator Aaron Sorkin promises TV Guide Online. "I just haven't thought of who the character is, so obviously I haven't thought of who the actor or actress is."
For her part, the politically correct Joosten has some very specific ideas about what type of person should sit behind the desk of the dearly departed. "I told the powers that be that I thought that it should be a middle-aged, ethnic woman," she relates. "There are too few roles for middle-aged and ethnic women to begin with.""It couldn't be a 22-year-old in an executive-secretary position, anyway," she adds. "That just wouldn't happen."
"West Wing Quandary: Help Wanted"
by Charlie Mason with Michael Ausiello
July 25, 2001
TV Guide Online
Waylon Smithers, Mr. Burns' trusty assistant on The Simpsons, has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed the late Mrs. Landingham as The West Wing's new presidential secretary -- at least according to TV Guide Online readers. In a poll conducted Wednesday, the master multi-tasker blew away the competition with more than 40 percent of the votes. Sadly, West Wing executive producer John Wells isn't optimistic a deal will be struck. "I suspect probably not, but it's a funny idea," Wells chuckles. "I'll tell [series creator] Aaron Sorkin and see what he says."
"In The News: ER, The West Wing and More!"
July 26, 2001
TV Guide Online
Some episodes are not so good. The dreary lecture-show that followed Sept. 11 was an intellectual's attempt to evade the truth of Sept. 11 by avoiding the emotions Sept. 11 elicited. It yielded lifeless drama, because the emotions of Sept. 11 contained within them the great truth of Sept. 11: Bad men did bad things, leaving us wounded and furious. A prim little history of terrorism that was wholly somber and yet lacked seriousness was just what no one needed. I thought it was an example of how stupid intellectuals can be, missing the obvious point that the neighborhood dunce apprehends in a second.
"Break Out the Bubbly"
by Peggy Noonan
March 1, 2002
Wall Street Journal
As for the remaining episodes: Schlamme says he's "excited about where we're headed." The four shows "are all tied together, not as cliffhangers, but all of a piece, leading to a fairly dramatic conclusion."
"Fiction visits fact in "West Wing" salute to the West Wing"
by Gail Pennington
April 24, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Where the show is right now, we have pages coming down daily," he [Mark Harmon] says. "We just started the season finale, and yet there are still scenes from [the next-to-last episode] that I have left to shoot."
"Harmon Didn't Hesitate to Join 'West Wing'"
by Rick Porter
May 3, 2002
That scene found press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney), who the last few weeks has received threats from a stalker, being escorted home by her cutie-pie bodyguard (guest star Mark Harmon).
Filmed on a townhouse-lined block of Greenwich Village that doubled for a Georgetown street in the nation's capital, the scene was part of the episode that aired last Wednesday - just three days after it was shot!
"'The West Wing' Travels East"
by Frazier Moore
May 21, 2002
And now I'm thinking that the "new" Leo makes a lot more sense than the old one, who'd had his edges softened over the years in ways that sometimes strained credulity.
"You're not the only person who's said this," Spencer said recently when I asked about the pricklier Leo during a "West Wing" press session in Hollywood. A visitor to the set had told Spencer, " 'Leo's gotten so mean,' " he said.
"And you know, mean and nice and all of that is in the eye of the beholder. But I think you have to look to Qumar" and the plot line last season in which Leo helped talk President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) into assassinating a leader of that fictional Middle Eastern country.
"It's good to have irascible Leo back"
by Ellen Gray
February 11, 2004
Philadelphia Daily News
"I don't want to minimize winning the Emmy--it's sort of a celebration of you by your peers--but for me, I had been nominated two times before, so it was like getting the monkey off my back. I didn't find any sort of unique things happened after. I don't say this as a complaint. It's an observation. Even with my family. They've had esteem for me since the first time they saw me walk out on stage in a school play in elementary school. They've been wonderful about that. So winning the Emmy for me was, 'OK. Wonderful. Now on with the show."' - John Spencer
"Waxing About the Award's Impact"
by Lee Alan Hill
May 2, 2005
For starters, it's almost never still. Recalling his memorable guest-arc on "The West Wing" the year before he got "NCIS," Harmon said "the air was different on that set. It was like a train rippin' by a hundred miles an hour, and you were supposed to grab a strap and hang on." - Mark Harmon
"NCIS becomes a hit by stealth"
by Noel Houston
November 25, 2005
Mark Harmon's looks nearly lost him the lead role on "NCIS," the forensic drama with a military flair now in its third season. Series creator Donald P. Bellisario had written the main character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, as a tough-minded former Marine gunnery sergeant but had no specific actor in mind for the part.
"Someone mentioned Mark Harmon and I said, 'He's a pretty boy; I just don't see him as this character,'" Bellisario said. But the producer reversed his thinking after watching Harmon in a four-episode 2002 story arc on "The West Wing."
"I had envisioned the boyish Harmon, who was too good-looking, but I saw he now has a maturity to him,"
"The Letters of the Law"
by Kathy Blumenstock
April 2, 2006