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From TVGuide.com:
The Emmy-winning series concludes after seven seasons with President-elect Santos preparing to be sworn into office as Bartlet ponders one last difficult executive decision: whether to pardon Toby.
From NBC:
After seven seasons of the Award-winning drama series, the Bartlet Administration prepares to leave the White House and The West Wing. While Santos and his winning camp are nervously gearing up for the presidential inauguration, current President Bartlet (Martin Sheen), CJ (Allison Janney) and the others fondly look back as they prepare to leave the White House forever.
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Credits

Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick Former Republican Candidate for President
Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer
Dulé Hill as Charlie (Charles) Young Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Chief of Staff
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Communications Director
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Mrs. Santos' Chief of Staff
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Santos' Chief of Staff
with
Jimmy Smits as
Matthew Vincente Santos President-Elect
and
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
     
Special Guest Stars    
Teri Polo as Helen Santos Matt Santos' Wife
and
Lily Tomlin as
Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer President's Secretary
Guest Starring    
Michael O'Neill as Ron Butterfield Head of POTUS' Secret Service detail
Allison Smith as Mallory O'Brian Teacher / Leo McGarry's daughter
John Getz as Congressman Mark Sellner Speaker of the House
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper Assistant to Chief of Staff
Renée Estevez as Nancy Aide
Matthew Del Negro as Bram Howard Santos' Staffer
Karis Campbell as Ronna Beckman Santos' Secretary
and
Rob Lowe as
Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn Deputy Cheif of Staff
Special Musical
Appearance By
Keb' Mo'  
     
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Peter James Smith as Ed Congressional Liaison
William Duffy as Larry Congressional Liaison
Jerry Cerwonka as Cardinal Doherty  
Ann Ryerson as Chief Justice  
Marco Antonio Martinez as Agent Darryl  
John Balma as Cartwright  
Kim Webster as Ginger Assistant to Communications' Director
Kia Glover as Steward Air Force One
Van Epperson as Curtis Schaefer Chief Usher
Catherine Aselford as Bonnie Kilmer Inauguration
Chris Bloch as Man  
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Awards

Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nomination by
Martin Sheen
Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Drama Series Nomination
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Media Quotes

"Who knows? Maybe C.J. will be president. Why not? I would so love that. It wouldn't happen until season 15 or 20. Or maybe she'll find someone, fall in love and leave Washington." - Allison Janney

"Allison Janney's at center of a shakeup on 'West Wing'"
by Gail Shister
November 2, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer

Sheen is looking at Bartlet becoming "a Jimmy Carter-type of ex-president".

He added: "I would like another term, but that can't happen, so I'm going to have to live vicariously through one of these guys [Alda and Smits]."

"And the next president of the United States is ... Alan Alda or Jimmy Smits"
by Alex Massie
January 23, 2005
Scotman

There's an election coming up on "The West Wing." Will you be out of a job as the president's eccentric secretary?

I'm a little bit nervous, unless they kick me up to White House personnel and give me a custodial job. I'll continue next season, but I'm going to have to go and lie in (executive producer) John Wells' doorway and kick my legs and stuff. Maybe John needs an assistant. - Lily Tomlin

"And that's the truth"
by Brian McTavish
April 16, 2005
Kansas City Star

Early reports had series creator Aaron Sorkin coming back for the final episodes, but producer John Wells says that won't happen.

"I've always tried to get Aaron back, but he's been too busy. Right now he's working on 'Studio 7? for NBC, and he just doesn't have the time," Wells said.

"'West Wing' bows out"
by Susan Young
January 18, 2006
Oakland Tribune

"It's the most dramatic way to end the series," executive producer John Wells says. "The right way to do it is seeing (Bartlet) get on Air Force One and go back to New Hampshire and the new president coming into the Oval Office."

The finale May 14 will be preceded by a one-hour retrospective on the seven-season series, which won four drama Emmys. Wells would like creator Aaron Sorkin, who left after the fourth season, to write the finale but is doubtful because of Sorkin's immersion in a pilot.

"'West Wing' to end with new president"
by Bill Keveney
January 22, 2006
USA Today

Reilly said cast members and producers were notified "very recently" of the decision to end the series. "I don't think they were very surprised," he said.

"The polls closing for West Wing"
by Mike McDaniel
January 22, 2006
Houston Chronicle

Whitford said, only half-joking, "I would never be able to leave this show, so I'm kind of glad it's ending."

"The West Wing plans its farewell"
by David Kronke
January 22, 2006
Los Angeles Daily News

"The decisions of making this the final year were kind of determined before (Spencer's death)," said Reilly. "It's no secret that the ratings have been tough for the last couple of seasons. I think the most frustrating thing is that the work has just been so outstanding, and I just wish more people got to see it." He added, "You know, there's a point where you want to send a show off with dignity and with some semblance of success. ... There's a point where you look at the ratings and you say, 'Feels like it's time.'"

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"Constitutionally, within the context of the show, I knew I was done."

Sheen also said that he would like his last lines on the show to be uttered in Latin. "I'd like to go out with something from the Book of Isaiah," said Sheen whose chief executive, like the actor who portrays him, is a classics scholar and devout Catholic.

"NBC Clips West Wing After 7-Year Run"
by Pamela Warrick
January 23, 2006
People

"It's no secret the ratings have been tough for the last couple of seasons," [Kevin] Reilly told TV critics as their midseason tour ended. "The most frustrating thing is that the work has just been so outstanding, I just wish more people got to see it. But there's a point where you want to send a show off with dignity."

"'West Wing' to end run on NBC"
by Hal Boedeker
January 23, 2006
Orlando Sentinel

"One of the things that's most dramatic about American democracy is the peaceful passing of power from one leader to another," he said. "We thought that was a really wonderful way to conclude our storytelling." - John Wells

"'West Wing' will end its run in character"
by Gail Pennington
January 24, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"We'll have episodes at the end where we'll follow (chief of staff) C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) and see what is happening in her life. There is an episode about what happens to (disgraced speechwriter) Toby (Richard Schiff). We have a full episode with what is happening with Vinick and Santos, what is happening in the rest of the their lives. We will have an episode about (Santos' campaign manager) Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and an episode about Bartlet (Martin Sheen). "It was going to be an episode about Bartlet and Leo. Now it will be an episode about Bartlet."

"'West Wing' deals with its final days"
by Alan Pergament
January 25, 2006
Buffalo News

It was an emotional weekend for The West Wing crew. Last Saturday they attended a final service for the late John Spencer. And early on Sunday, executive producer John Wells announced to them the official cancellation of the award-winning series.

"I don't think anyone was really surprised. The rumors had been all over the place," said the Denver-reared Wells. "I had conversations with Warner Bros. and NBC late last year. We agreed the time had come.

"But I'm thankful we'll have the opportunity to finish in graceful style, while providing a legitimate ending to Jeb [Jed] Bartlet's administration."

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The series finale will deal with the inauguration of the new president and the departure of the Bartlet administration.

"That's a perfect ending," Wells said. "We were very fortunate to get two more wonderful actors (Smits and Alda), who you could actually believe could be president of the United States.

"Term-limited 'West Wing' ending in style"
by Dusty Saunders
January 28, 2006
Rocky Mountain News

I grilled exec producer Alex Graves about Lowe's possible comeback, specifically with regard to the length. "That's part of the negotiation," he said. "Does he have time to do one episode? Does he have time to do two?" But more importantly, does West Wing have time for him? Says Graves: "Once we get past Episode 17, which is the election, we only have five episodes left to wrap up everybody's story line and then get to the inauguration."

"Ask Ausiello"
by Michael Ausiello
February 1, 2006
TV Guide Online

Thinking back to the fall and the issue of the show's longevity, executive producer John Wells says, "We had a decision to make: Do we try to press NBC to continue the series [with] another presidency? Or were we coming to the natural end of our storytelling? The series has celebrated from the beginning the remarkable strength of American democracy, and one of the things that's most dramatic about that is the peaceful passing of power from one leader to another. So, as the numbers were declining, we started to think maybe we'd conclude the series at its natural place."

"How Will The West Wing Say Goodbye?"
by Matt Webb Mitovich
February 6, 2006
TV Guide Online

Whitford has "tremendously mixed feelings" about West Wing's ending its run after seven seasons.

"It's a miracle to me that this show has been accepted commercially at all, let alone for what I think has been a pretty full run. There's not a lot of shows that last seven years."

On the other hand, "I think there should be a place for a show like this," he says. West Wing "made a lot of people a lot of money, and we never had a good lead-in. Ever. Never. Ever."

"Scott Palmer finally makes the Phillies, at age 56"
by Gail Shister
February 21, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer

"I did the bulk of it last week and I think I have one more quick appearance," Lowe says of his scheduled return to NBC's "The West Wing," a cameo set to coincide with the Emmy-winning show's pending series finale.

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"I've been off the series for so long I don't really have a sense of what they've been doing, really," Lowe says in response to a question about whether or not this is the right time for "The West Wing" to be calling it quits. "I haven't watched it enough to know how the show really is since my departure."

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"It was like going back to high school," Lowe says of his "Wing" visit. "You go, 'I thought my locker was bigger than this.'"

Lowe is reticent to offer any specifics on what Sam's been doing since he left or what brings him back to the White House.

"I cannot. It's not a huge thing -- I don't land in a spaceship on the South Lawn -- but it is a sort of fun return."

He admits, though, that being on the "West Wing" set without John Spencer, who died in December, made the experience bittersweet.

"It was very sad," he says. "I kept going to the trailers thinking he was going to come out and go 'Kid, I've missed you so much.'"

"Lowe Reflects on 'West Wing' Return"
by Daniel Fienberg
March 17, 2005
zap2it.com

"I feel great about 'The West Wing,'" Channing says, "but I think all good things must come to an end. I'm not surprised that it ended when it did, because on the air last year -- which was two years ago this coming summer -- it was pretty evident that we were in the seventh year of the term. There were actual words to that effect. I thought, 'When there's the seventh year, there's the eighth year, and that would be the end of a term.'

"To be honest with you, that's when I realized we couldn't have much more to go."

"Channing Returns for More 'Practice'"
by Kate O'Hare
March 22, 2006
zap2it.com

The inauguration of a new president will end the series; the last episodes will detail the characters' futures. "We had the same sort of opportunity when we ended 'China Beach' a number of years ago," Wells said. "It's a great luxury to not sort of discover on May 17 that you're not coming back and you've already done it."

"'West Wing' prepares for its final days"
by Bruce R. Miller
March 31, 2006
Sioux City Journal

"It was not as fun much for me. I'm flattered that they wanted to do that, but it was hard for me," she said. "I like to be a team player and that shifted all the relationships. Suddenly, I had to be very serious, delegating, assigning. I had my moments of enjoyment as chief of staff, but I always liked when C.J. was press secretary best." - Allison Janney

"Janney takes flight from 'Wing'"
by Jay Handelman
April 6, 2006
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

In describing how much he relished retreating to an ivory tower, Mr. Sheen sounded a lot like a former president after two terms in office, even if he was a former president whose biggest challenge was commuting to a fictional White House.

"I'd be up at 4 in the morning, and out of the house by 5 to get on the freeway, all so we could start at 7 o'clock," he said. "That's a lot of wear and tear on your body."

"'West Wing' Writers' Novel Way of Picking the President"
by Jacques Steinberg
April 10, 2006
New York Times

Shooting the final episode of "The West Wing" was "heartbreaking," admits Bradley Whitford, who has spent the last seven years playing Josh Lyman on the revered NBC series, which will make its final bow May 14.

"Working on this show, it's very familial - a crushing level of intimacy, of everyone knowing what everyone else has gone through. People have become parents, toddlers have become teenagers. And then it's the end. I've never experienced anything comparable."

He reports that the final shot, the final day, had Martin Sheen, as President Bartlet, "walking through the West Wing and people applauding, feeling sad. Martin is a hugely beloved guy. We never had to act what our characters felt about Bartlet because we felt that way about Martin."

Still, adds Whitford, the death of co-star John Spencer last year "gave everyone more perspective than we would normally have had. It makes the end of a TV show feel pretty puny."

"Whitford in 'West Wing' withdrawal"
by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
April 18, 2006
Creators Syndicate

First of all, since you’re all here, I thank you guys because, as you all remember, you were the first people to recognize “The West Wing.” We have never forgotten that and the last thing I did when I left the stage was look at the four Emmys and that first Golden Globe in an area of the studio where all of the trophies are kept. That was the last thing I looked at. I walked out and that was it. It was sad but more than anything, there was just a great sense of what that show was at its height. The show has changed a lot in the years that I was not on it. I don’t recognize a lot of it but it was good to be back at the end and sort of help put it to bed. - Rob Lowe

"Only in Hollywood : A Lowe-down on his life & career"
by Ruben V. Nepales
April 29, 2006
Philippine Daily Inquirer

How did the shooting of the finale go?

I think it's very hard emotionally when shows like this end, but some of that has been put into perspective by the death of John [Spencer, who played politico Leo McGarry on West Wing]. So the end of a show feels pretty puny. But the last thing we shot was Martin [Sheen] walking out of the West Wing, and everyone gathered when it was shot; it was pretty emotional.

It was also a nice moment for Martin because the way our characters are supposed to feel about Bartlett [Sheen's presidential character] is the way we feel about Martin. - Bradley Whitford

"Whitford Spreads His Wings"
by Ben Grossman
May 1, 2006
Broadcasting & Cable

NBC has scrapped its planned hourlong West Wing retropsective, featuring favorite highlights and cast reminiscences--a seemingly obligatory send-off for any long-running series--amid reports of a salary squabble.

Last Friday, NBC announced it was scuttling the clipfest for "creative" reasons and instead airing the show's 1999 pilot.

But according to a report Tuesday in Variety, the network unceremoniously yanked the special from its schedule after several "key cast members"--no names named--refused to participate as nostalgic talking heads lest they be paid the same amount they would for a typical episode, in some cases around $200,000 apiece.

With ratings already bottoming out for the lame-duck show, NBC decided against coming up with the extra cash, or even negotiating lower payments, and called off the whole shebang. Variety says the additional cost would make the retrospective a money-losing proposition.

"NBC Impeaches "West Wing" Special"
by Gina Serpe
May 9, 2006
E Online

"It's been a beautiful, beautiful grace-filled, happy run," says [Martin] Sheen. "I have mixed feelings about it: it's hard to let go of, but it must be let go of."

"'The West Wing' Reaches Term Limit"
by Keming Kuo
May 11, 2006
Voice of America

But knowing the show would be ending gave the writers the opportunity to craft a satisfying sendoff at a "really beautiful place to end the series," [John] Wells said.

"The series has celebrated from the beginning, in Aaron's conception, the remarkable strength of American democracy. One of the things that's most dramatic about American democracy is the peaceful passing of power from one leader to another. And we thought that was a really wonderful way to sort of end the series ... at its natural place," Wells said. "It's so infrequent in a series' life that you actually have a chance to decide when it's going to end. That's usually decided for you, and oftentimes you've already finished shooting and everybody is gone and then you just don't come back.

"So we had the great luxury of actually asking, 'What's the best story to tell? What's the most compelling story that we think will serve the series and its viewers best?' "

"Term limits"
by Scott D. Pierce
May 12, 2006
Deseret Morning News

"If we had the opportunity, we would have kept going," [John] Wells said, "but I don't think any of us, as storytellers, felt this was a situation where a ton of stuff pops into your mind [for another season]."

"Tuned In: 'West Wing' wraps up an excellent run"
by Rob Owen
May 12, 2006
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The last scene that was shot was a scene that’s going to air in the season finale with myself and Martin,” says Hill. “That was very personal to me because he was such an important figure in my life for the last seven years. To be able to end my run on the show with Martin, I couldn’t ask for anything better. What was exchanged in the scene, I took it home as my little keepsake.” - Dulé Hill

"DULE HILL SAYS GOODBYE TO 'WEST WING'"
May 12, 2006
eurweb.com

Kaczmarek herself has been embracing the peace and quiet at home â€" although things could get a bit heated Sunday night as both her and her husband's (The West Wing star Bradley Whitford) series air their final episodes. "We have one television in our house, so we have the dilemma of which do you watch, and which do you TiVo," she says. "We've been leaning towards, of course, watching Malcolm and TiVoing The West Wing" although the actress says she is torn about not having both shows digitally archived for posterity and repeat viewings.

"Malcolm: The Beginning, Middle and End"
by Matt Webb Mitovich
May 12, 2006
TV Guide Online

As the cast and crew shot the series finale of "The West Wing" on a Los Angeles set March 30, the doors to the famous address were thrown open.

"We stayed up all night for the last shot, which was extraordinary," says Allison Janney, a four-time Emmy winner for her portrayal of press secretary C.J. Cregg (the character was promoted to chief of staff in 2005).

"Around midnight, the lobby of the 'West Wing' area was just packed with tons of actors and people. We were all there as the president says goodbye to his staff for the last time. We stood there and clapped for half an hour."

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Veteran actor Martin Sheen had become a father figure to his cast mates - much as his fictional President Bartlet had been to the "staff."

For Bradley Whitford, an Emmy winner as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman, "It was tremendously disorienting and sad. It's like leaving a cult - an unprecedented volume of intimacy and camaraderie."

"West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin and producer Thomas Schlamme returned for the group hug and ensuing wrap party.

"I think the show ended at the right time," says Whitford, whose wife Jane Kaczmarek's show, "Malcolm in the Middle," airs its own series finale Sunday. "It was such a special experience for all of us who worked on it, and you don't want to pull the taffy too thin on these things."

"'West Wing' administration reaches end of term"
by Bill DeYoung
May 13, 2006
Scripps Howard News Service

It's so infrequent in a series life that you actually have a chance to decide when it's going to end," said executive producer John Wells, who has been with The West Wing since the start. "That's usually decided for you. Oftentimes you've already finished shooting and everybody is gone. You just don't come back. We had the great luxury of actually deciding, `What's the best story to tell? What's the most compelling story we can think of that will serve the series and viewers best?'" From the moment these discussions began, the inauguration of a new president was the front-runner. "This series has celebrated from the beginning the remarkable strength of American democracy," Wells said. "One of the things that's most dramatic is the peaceful passing of power from one leader to another. We thought that was really a wonderful way to end the series." - John Wells

"West Wing's fantasy of political idealism maintained principles, if not viewers, to the end"
by Tom Jicha
May 14, 2006
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Asked what souvenir he wanted to steal from the set, [Martin] Sheen said he'd already taken it and given it away. "I had a duplicate of the desk plaque that John Kennedy had in the White House, which was a prayer that I loved," he said. "It said, 'Oh Lord, your sea is so great and my boat is so small.' "

"Term running out"
by Bill Brioux
May 14, 2006
Toronto Sun

"There's more happening in her trailer than in most nightclubs," cast mate Josh Malina says. After wrapping the final episode, most of the actors drowned their sorrows in [Allison] Janney's hospitality. "I eventually called it Club Flamingo after my Secret Service name," she says. "I have to say I'm a bit of a hedonist. A harmless one, but I like to have fun."

May 14, 2006
Washington Post

President Bartlet will go out to an ovation tonight in the series finale of "The West Wing."

Not surprisingly, the scene in NBC's award-winning drama was the last one filmed, according to executive producer Christopher Misiano, who directed the episode.

It's Inauguration Day for Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits), and Bartlet, played convincingly as always by Martin Sheen, walks the White House halls one last time.

As he does, staffers from around the building spill out of their offices and put their hands together for him.

"We decided quite consciously what would be the final scene we would film," Misiano said in a phone interview from his office. "When we looked at the final episode, we thought, 'Here is an appropriate piece to go out on.'"

The scene was filmed at midnight several weeks ago and culminated four long, emotional hours of shooting.

Misiano remembers at least 150 people standing with him behind the monitor, about 140 more than usual.

As Sheen made his exit, the applause carried over from the actors on set to those watching the scene play out.

It was accompanied by tears.

Lots of tears.

"It was an incredibly emotional moment," Misiano said.

"'West Wing', first really successful show about politics, ends tonight"
by Jeff Korbelik
May 14, 2006
Lincoln Journal Star

As the cast and crew shot the series finale of The West Wing on March 30 in Los Angeles, the doors to the famous set were thrown open.

"We stayed up all night for the last shot, which was extraordinary," says Allison Janney, a four-time Emmy winner for her portrayal of C.J. Cregg (the press secretary who was promoted to chief of staff in 2005).

"Around midnight, the lobby of the West Wing area was just packed with tons of actors and people. We were all there as the president says goodbye to his staff for the last time," Janney recalls. "We stood there and clapped for half an hour."

"Final shoot of NBC drama bittersweet for cast and crew"
by Bill DeYoung
May 14, 2006
Scripps Howard News Service

During bluesman Keb Mo's rendition of "America the Beautiful," the camera settled on none other than "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin for a wordless cameo.

"'West Wing' Pays Tribute to Sorkin"
by Rick Porter
May 15, 2006
zap2it.com

A nice inside moment during the inauguration ceremony when the camera cut to a closeup of "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin -- who left the series after season 4 in a dispute with Warner Bros. -- sitting in the crowd.

As fans of the show know, the chief justice of the Supreme Court is Evelyn Baker Lang, played by Glenn Close in a memorable 2004 episodes called "The Supremes." Obviously, Close wasn't available for a finale cameo so the producers used an actress to double for her in long shot. (You never saw her face.) It was a bit like the actress who played the back of Patty Duke's head on the old "Patty Duke Show." (And my thanks to colleague Mike Antonucci, now back from his time at E3, for pointing this out.)

""The West Wing" finale"
by Charlie McCollum
May 15, 2006
San Jose Mercury News

The series' final scene tipped its hat to the late Leo McGarry (the late John Spencer), as Bartlet, being transported aboard Air Force One back to his New Hampshire home, opened a gift from McGarry's daughter, a napkin scrawled with the words "Bartlet for America," a memento, longtime watchers know, that pushed Bartlet into running for the presidency in the first place.

The final words uttered in the show were by Sheen and Stockard Channing, who played the first lady, Abbie Bartlet.

"What are you thinking about?" the missus asked. "Tomorrow," was the reply.

Of course, for all its restraint, the series finale did include one would-be network stunt.

Aaron Sorkin, the show's creator who wrote every episode between 1999 and 2003 before leaving in the wake of a contract dispute with Warner Bros., returned for the finale, though not in a writer capacity--that honor went to executive producer John Wells. Sorkin finally got his close-up, appearing in the audience during Santos' inauguration.

""West Wing" Waves Goodbye"
by Gina Serpe
May 15, 2006
E Online

I wasn't the only Dayton-area viewer finding myself choked up. "I got a little teary," admitted Macy Janney, who watched her daughter Allison's final West Wing performance on Mother's Day.

Allison Janney, who grew up in Oakwood, rose to fame in the role of C.J. Cregg, Bartlett's press secretary and later chief of staff. Allison didn't give her mother any heads-up about the final episode. "I stopped asking years ago," Macy said.

So she watched with the same suspense as the rest of us. She savored the Hitchcock touch of the cameo appearance by series creator Aaron Sorkin. She appreciated the subtle, naturalistic conclusion to each of these characters' stories. No mass shootings, thank God. "It was bittersweet," Macy said.

She felt proud of what her daughter had accomplished with both this role and with her career, learning to balance her personal life with a role that often demanded 14-hour days. "C.J. was like Allison in her sensitivity, and in being a very caring person, but it was more buried with C.J.," her mother said.

"'West Wing's' absence will leave us a bit less satisfied"
by Mary McCarty
May 16, 2006
Dayton Daily News

He [Jimmy Smits] jokes that Santos had "the shortest administration in history" -- but he's still savoring the experience. "I got a little misty-eyed when I saw it on the air, I have to admit," he says.

Don't think that the actor has political aspirations himself, however. "Matt Santos could be president -- with a bunch of writers. I have to save the rage for the stage. The things politicians have to deal with on a daily basis, the forks in the road in terms of what they compromise hoping for a worthwhile outcome -- it's not for me."

"No Politics for 'West Wing's' Jimmy Smits"
by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
May 23, 2006
National Ledger

"It was a great experience for me," he told UPI in a recent phone interview. "I thought I was going to just go in for two years to kind of help out. I didn't think that this whole environment was going to up my game as an actor and it really did. ... I felt very challenged and I felt it made me a better actor. It was a really wonderful experience." - Jimmy Smits

"Smits reflects on 'West Wing' experience"
June 12, 2006
UPI

HW: What want to swipe from set as souvenir?

Allison Janney: The president has these beautiful glass paperweight bowls on his desk that have beautiful things in them, and I want one of those. I've got to get a lot of White House pens. I love CJ's chair in her office. And also a lot of my wardrobe. I have beautiful clothes, Armani suits and Max Mara, Calvin Klein.

"Taking Wing from "The West Wing": Allison Janney"
by Scott Huver
August 6, 2006
Hollywood.com

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