|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Stockard Channing as||Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D.||First Lady|
|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||Political Operative|
|Ron Silver as||Bruno Gianelli||Campaign Strategist|
|Joshua Malina as||Will (William) Bailey||Orange County Campaign Manger|
Christian Slater as
|Lieutenant Commander Jack Reese|
|Kathleen York as||Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt||Congresswoman|
|Joanna Gleason as||Jordon Elaine Kendall||Special Counsel /
misspelled Jordan Kendall
|Tobin Bell as||Colonel Whitcomb||Military Advisor|
|Danica McKellar as||Elsie Snuffin||Orange County Campaign Staffer|
|Gina Hecht as||Julie||Panel Moderator on TV|
|Victor Raider-Wexler as||Bernie||Panel Member on TV|
|Thomas Kopache as||Assisant Secretary of State||Bob "Bobby" Slatterly|
|Wendy Braun as||Gail||Mackee (last name) /
|Nick Jameson as||Martin||previously Chet /
Panel Member on TV
|Tim Silva as||George||Panel Member on TV|
|Devika Parikh as||Bonnie||Communications' Aide|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications' Director|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|Marc Lynn as||Whitaker||Chris (first name)|
|Christopher May as||Tom||Wyatt Staffer|
|Diane Hsu as||Campaign Aide|
|Rae Ritke as||Ashley|
|Symba Smith as||Annette|
"I think the normal re-election cycle is, we win the election and then the scandals start happening one by one," he said. "I don't know if we'll repeat that, but in real life, you win the election and that's when all the dirt gets uncovered, right?" - Richard Schiff
"Aaron Sorkin wants to put fun back into 'West Wing' "
by Rob Owen
September 25, 2002
Wondering what it would take for Christian Slater to accept a spot on series television? Two words: Aaron Sorkin. "Aaron called and offered me the role, and it was something I just could not say no to. I just love that show. Love it."
Slater's talking, of course, about The West Wing, in which he'll appear ... . When prodded about his character, Slater was a bit tight-lipped but did offer this: "I know Aaron said I'm a good guy, but the way he writes, you just never know. Still, he did allude to the fact that I was a good guy...and I think I'd prefer to be on the right side."
"Halloween Spoiler Surprises, a Firefly Plea--and a Quickie with Kiefer"
October 25, 2002
"It was supposed to be a one-episode deal, but they said I'm coming back for several more," the actress [Danica McKellar] says by phone from Los Angeles.
"She's past 'Wonder Years'"
by John Kiesewetter
October 29, 2002
For example, in the recent election-night episode, viewers are told over and over (I guess they ran out of polling banter after my departure) that President Bartlet won South Dakota. No way. In 15 of the last 16 presidential contests, South Dakota has voted Republican. Even when favorite son George McGovern ran, the state went G.O.P. If I were still on staff, I would have changed "Dakota" to "Carolina" or to another state that went for a Democrat presidential candidate at least once in my lifetime. I also would have told the writers that Fort Myer is here in Virginia, not in Maryland. Surely, script corrections like that would make me a worthwhile investment. For better or worse, Americans by the millions get their information about politics from "The West Wing."
"President Bartlet, Please Take Me Back"
by Frank Luntz
December 28, 2002
New York Times
"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
"I started out with a five episode contract," the 37-year-old [Joshua Malina] tells TV Guide Online. "It was 'five and we'll see' - and finally, we saw. ..."
"Sports Night Star Replaces Rob Lowe"
by Daniel R. Coleridge
February 5, 2003
TV Guide Online
"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
Malina was initially signed for a half-dozen episodes. "The way Aaron put it originally, probably to spare my feelings, was, 'We'll see whether you're happy. Whether we're happy.' As if there was much chance that after six episodes I was going to go, 'You know it's not working out from my point of view. I don't want to continue!"'
"Josh Malina has been clever add to West Wing"
by Bridget Bynre
April 19, 2004