|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Joshua Malina as||Will (William) Bailey||Vice President's Chief of Staff|
|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 McCormack as||Kate (Katherine) Harper||Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Jesse Bradford as||Ryan Pierce||Intern|
John Amos as
|Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace||Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs|
Lily Tomlin as
|Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer||President's Secretary|
|Anna Deavere Smith as||Dr. Nancy McNally||National Security Advisor|
|Steven Culp as||Jeff Haffley||Speaker of the House|
|Sam Robards as||Greg Brock||Reporter|
|Brian Kerwin as||Ben Dryer||C.J.'s College Boyfriend|
|Daniel Hugh Kelly as||James Cook||JCN Lobbyist|
|Wayne Duvall as||Bill Parons||CWA Leader|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Wendy Schenker as||Diane Golden||CWA Worker|
|Jim Gleason as||Steve Hubbard||CWA Worker|
|Mindy Seeger as||Chris||Reporter|
|Ben Siegler as||George||Reporter|
|Saida Rodriguez-Pagan as||Anchor #1|
|Penny Griego as||Anchor #2|
Mary McCormack ("K Street," "Private Parts") will guest-star on a four episode arc on NBC's Emmy Award-winning "The West Wing" (Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET) as the President's (Martin Sheen) new deputy National Security Adviser whose first encounter with the Chief Executive proves to be more brusque than she expected. McCormack's first episode, "The Promise," [changed to "Talking Points"] will be broadcast later this spring. In the storyline, she plays Kate Harper, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and military prodigy who is not afraid to stay true to her advice and convictions.
"MARY MCCORMACK ('K STREET') MOVES UP TO PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE WHEN SHE GUEST-STARS ON NBC'S 'THE WEST WING' ..."
March 29, 2004
Mary McCormack, last seen in USA Network's druggie drama Traffic, is on the move. Starting April 21, Howard Stern's big-screen wife will appear in at least four episodes of The West Wing as the Prez's Deputy National Security Advisor.
by Michael Ausiello
March 29, 2004
TV Guide Online
The vice-president's top aide, Will Bailey, is explaining the "talking points on the VP's energy speech" to White House press secretary C.J. Cregg so she can help him "control the media."
...But Malina, 38, certainly wouldn't want to fluff any lines on this occasion. Richard Schiff, who co-stars as communications director Toby Ziegler, is directing for the first time and recently the cynical Ziegler and the opinionated Bailey have been in conflict. "Luckily we don't get along in real life," Malina jokes, while expressing admiration for the way Schiff is handling the task. This particular episode, The Promise [Talking Points], airs 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday, beginning a four-episode story arc that ends the series' fifth season.
"Josh Malina has been clever add to West Wing"
by Bridget Bynre
April 19, 2004
This week's B plot focused on the White House press secretary's outrage over media consolidation and the unwillingness of reporters employed by conglomerates to tackle the issue. C.J. (Allison Janney) is met with blank stares when she complains that the FCC, by raising the station ownership cap to 39%, is "posting bail for huge companies that were illegally gobbling up TV stations like greasy hors d'oeuvres."
The episode cites Viacom, News Corp. and a fictional company that all exceed the 35% ownership limit that stood before the commission revised the rules. NBC, by the way, is still slightly under the old cap, while Time Warner -- whose Warner Bros. TV unit produces the show -- doesn't own stations.
"It's ironic that an issue that was completely unreported on NBC News is getting more treatment in entertainment," said Jeff Chester, exec director of Washington, D.C.-based Center for Digital Democracy and an outspoken critic of media concentration.
"Inside Move: 'Wing' flies in face of FCC"
by Brian Lowry
April 21, 2004
And when I was walking out of the room at the end, I caught him telling somebody that Eli Attie's wanted to use this week's walk-not-talk conceit for a long time.
Posted at televisionwithoutpity.com Forum
April 24, 2004
Notes from seminar at Harvard with Mark Goffman
Schiff said filming "The West Wing" is like creating a movie each week. One of his best experiences was directing a show called "Talking Points," the 19th episode. "The experience made me truly appreciate the talent, quality and work the crew and cast put into making the show," Schiff told The Dispatch.
""The West Wing" films on location in Thurmont"
by Michele Cuseo
May 19, 2004