|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||Stackhouse Staffer|
|Ron Silver as||Bruno Gianelli||Campaign Strategist|
John Amos as
|Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs|
Lily Tomlin as
|Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer||Secretary prospect|
|Joanna Gleason as||Jordon Elaine Kendall||Special Counsel /
misspelled Jordan Kendall
|Clark Gregg as||Special Agent Michael Casper||"Mike" / FBI|
|Glenn Morshower as||Mike Chysler|
|Thomas Kopache as||Assisant Secretary of State||Bob "Bobby" Slatterly|
|John P. Connolly as||Matt Kelley||Father of college-age daughter|
|S.E. Perry as||Marine General||Tommy|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Mark||O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter|
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Alex Paez as||David|
|Pam Shaddock as||Jan|
|Mary Kathleen Gordon as||Woman|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Larry Cox as||Aid|
|NiCole Robinson (uncredited) as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
He [Aaron Sorkin] also hopes to put Bartlet on a train for the first six episodes of that fourth season, taking the show on the road for a series of whistle-stops "all over the country."
"Sorkin's drug subplot ending"
by Ed Bark
July 22, 2001
Dallas Morning News
NBC's The West Wing could be without a national security adviser next season now that Anna Deavere Smith has elected to join the new CBS drama Presidio Med. While Smith would love to keep her gig in President Bartlet's administration -- "That's what I'm campaigning for," she says -- CBS insiders say her contract allows only one guest spot a season (and no, it doesn't matter that Uberproducer John Wells is responsible for both Presidio and The West Wing).
"On the Air"
by Lynette Rice
August 2, 2002
Connolly and "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin also go way back - having appeared together in a Syracuse University production of "A Christmas Carol" (Connolly played Bob Crachit, Sorkin played Young Scrooge).
"The Starr Report"
by Michael Starr
September 24, 2002
New York Post
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and Canadian rock act Barenaked Ladies will perform on the NEXT of the NBC drama "The West Wing." Part of Wednesday night's (Oct. 2) installment of the series will center around a Rock the Vote event where the two acts are performing on behalf of the organization.
Dubbed "College Kids," the episode will recreate Rock the Vote's annual Patrick Lippert Awards, which are dedicated to entertainers and activists who work to inspire and educate youth. The show's fictional White House press secretary C.J. Craig, played by actress Allison Janney, will speak at the fundraising event.
"Rock the Vote was a great partner and we hope this is just the beginning of any number of things we can do together," said the show's creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin in a statement.
"Our mission to connect with youth and engage them in the political process will surely be helped by such prominent placement in America's hottest and smartest political drama," executive director of Rock the Vote Jehmu Greene added. "We are honored to have the opportunity to work with a group of professionals who are as passionate about politics as they are about putting out quality programming that educates while it entertains."
Cast members of show will be on hand at the home of producer Lawrence Bender, who will host a Rock the Vote fundraising screening of the episode. The celebrity-stacked gathering will raise an estimated $100,000 for the organization's voter registration efforts.
"Mann, Barenaked Ladies To Rock 'West Wing'"
by Barry A. Jeckell
October 7, 2002
Inside producer Lawrence Bender's spacious living room, beyond the candles surrounding the guest list and the stash of gift bags, a crowd of young, energetic liberals mingled with Hollywood types. The Wednesday night gathering was part fund-raiser, part viewing party for the second episode of the Emmy-winning "The West Wing," which aired on NBC at 9 p.m. Bender invited people to pay a minimum of $250 to watch it at his house. The casual affair in Bel-Air raised an estimated $100,000 for the nonprofit Rock the Vote, which works to build political awareness among young people and registers them to vote.
On this night, the crowd was peppered with actors, including "The West Wing's" Janel Moloney and Anna Deavere Smith, "Rock the Vote" staff, as well as the group's founders and supporters.
But for "West Wing" creator and executive producer Aaron Sorkin, watching about 150 people react to the show was near torture. During the hourlong episode, he stood in the back of the room with his head down, hand to his brow. At every commercial break, he rushed outside to smoke a cigarette.
When asked about watching people watch the show, he didn't hesitate. "It's like being naked," he said, lighting another cigarette. "It's like that dream you have when you find yourself in front of a bunch of people--totally naked. It's like that every time."
"Fund-Raiser Takes Flight With 'West Wing's' Help"
by Gina Piccalo and Louise Roug
October 4, 2002
Los Angeles Times
"We hit the big time, from what I understand," said Air National Guard spokesman Major Robert DeCoster, who didn't see the show but heard about it. "It was kind of cool."
Sgt. Randy Mergener, a technician at the base, was watching "The West Wing" on Wednesday and was surprised to hear the reference.
"I said, 'Ooh, we made prime time,'" Mergener said. "I heard my daughter yell from upstairs, too. That was pretty neat."
Mergener also was surprised that the television show's scriptwriters got the base's name right, without using the word "Michigan" in it.
"The show seems to be fairly accurate on a lot of stuff," he said. "I think they do their homework pretty well."
So, how did Battle Creek end up getting mentioned on "The West Wing?"
It may be from a Cereal City political connection.
Bradley Whitford, who plays Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the show, is a cousin of Rep. Nick Smith, the U.S. congressman who represents Michigan's 7th district, including Battle Creek.
"From B.C. to 'West Wing'"
by Jenny Rode
October 4, 2002
Battle Creek Enquirer
Early this season, the two characters [Josh and Amy] cross paths at a fund-raiser at the House of Blues. "I didn't know what to wear," she recalls, "and the producers said, 'Maybe a tank top, but we don't want you to look too sexy.' And I was like, 'Look, I am happy to wear the tank top. Somebody needs to wear the tank top.' I mean, do they have sex, ever? Does no one on that show f--k?"
"Playing by Her Own Rules"
by Devin Gordon
October 7, 2002
It was great. I love "West Wing"; I would do anything for "West Wing" and Aaron Sorkin. I got the call really at the last minute. They had wanted Joan Armatrading, but I think she couldn't make it because of some visa problem. They called me up and said, "We want you to do this James Taylor song ('Shed a Little Light')." I had like a day. We did it as fast as we could and just tried to replicate the original version. - Aimee Mann
"Aimee Mann's world"
by Scott D. Lewis
November 15, 2002
"I think some of that was the election [story line], some of these were not our best episodes, some of it was that we got hit with 'The Bachelor' and people started to leave, given an excuse," [Thomas] Schlamme said.
"Shedding light on murky look of 'West Wing'"
by Phil Rosenthal
January 15, 2003
"There were some decisions made about the election that didn't have much dramatic punch," says [John] Wells. "You knew Bartlet was coming back. And that story line coincided with a wave of successful reality-TV programming."
"The West Wing"
by Allison Hope Weiner
September 12, 2003
When USCJCF went up she talked with Sorkin about how she was an extra for the "Rock the Vote" segment of "College Kids" and how much fun she had doing it. Sorkin said that the cast and crew had also had a great time doing that episode since it was filmed the day after their Emmy win and most of them were operating on about an hour's sleep.
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January 29, 2004
Notes from a second L.A. book signing with Aaron Sorkin