|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|
|F. William Parker as||Reverend Al Caldwell|
|Annie Corley as||Mary Marsh|
|Deborah Hedwall as||Josephine McGarry Ph.D.||"Josey" "Jo" / Leo's sister|
|Kathryn Joosten as||Mrs. Landingham||President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Sam Anderson as||John||La Salle (last name from TVGuide.com)|
Henry O as
|John Prosky as||Aide #4||in Toby's meeting|
|John Mariano as||Bertram||INS|
|Sharon Omi as||Gardener||INS|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Devika Parikh as||Bonnie||Communications' Aide|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications Director|
|Jonah Rooney as||Morton Horn||Turkey handler|
|Joe D'Angerio as||Russo||Joseph (first name)|
|Al Rodrigo as||Commander Cale|
|Charles Noland as||Reporter #1||Steve|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Reporter #2||Mark|
|Ivar Brogger as||Aide #1||in Toby's meeting|
|Cameron Daddo as||Aide #2||Wayne in Toby's meeting|
|Rich Cooper as||Aide #3||in Toby's meeting|
here's where they are as of Monday, September 25th . They're finishing up episode six, and he just turned in episode seven today. He started to brainstorm episode eight during the Forum (we also gave him an idea for later on that he seemed to like, which I'll get to later), because he and the creative team have to start writing episode eight tomorrow. SPOILER! :-) Episode 8 is going to be the Thanksgiving episode...he then gets *really, really* excited as he tells us what he think he's going to do. "So every Thanksgiving (in real life) the President pardons the turkey...I mean, that right there is good TV! It turns out they actually get two turkeys, and it's the job of the Press Secretary to decide which one is more photogenic. I mean, Allison Janney and live turkeys!! We're in business!!!!" He was nearly jumping up and down with excitement...I CANNOT WAIT for this episode! "So I'll walk into a room of people, half of whom will be writers and the others special consultants." He lists them and then gets this evil gleam in his eye about asking Dee Dee Myers about the wild turkeys running around the White House.
"What I REALLY want to ask Dee Dee is how exactly do the Turkeys GET to the White House?" He talks about trying to find out random thanksgiving trivia.
Posted at TheWestWing@egroups.com
September 26, 2000
Notes from the Harvard Law School Forum with Aaron Sorkin
In November, the Emmy award-winning show's opening scene showcased the Coast Guard's lead role and inter-agency coordination during the interdiction phase of an illegal Chinese migrant smuggling case. The scene was filmed at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command San Pedro, Calif. People and equipment from various Southern California Coast Guard units helped provide drama for this critical opening scene.
An Air Station Los Angeles helicopter raced across the screen, en route to the suspected smuggling vessel. Utility boats from Station Los Angeles/Long Beach also proceeded toward the scene while the crew of the CGC Tybee made preparations to get underway. Coast Guard and other federal agency emergency vehicles and personnel converged on the Coast Guard pier while Group Los Angeles/Long Beach personnel and actors hustled about, making ready for the migrants to be brought ashore.
The preparation for and filming of this scene took more than eight hours. The scene lasted less than a minute during the show's opening sequence. However, during that minute, millions of viewers were given a sense of the intensity surrounding the early stages of an illegal migrant interdiction case.
"The Coast Guard's advertising budget could not cover the cost of bringing this message to the prime-time audience," Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Loftus, director of the Coast Guard Motion Picture and Television Office in Los Angeles said. "Air time during top-rated, prime-time shows cost advertisers millions of dollars," Loftus explained.
By CWO Dan Waldschmidt, MOPIC
Coast Guard Magazine
Sorkin is delighted that his Thanksgiving episode on the plight of persecuted Chinese Christians sparked morning-after questions about the biblical origins of "shibboleth" (Judges 12:6), ...
"A true believer in 'The West Wing'"
by Nancy Haught - Religion News Service
March 31, 2001
Our first two seasons we had Peter Parnell, who wrote The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Hyde in Hollywood, Romance Languages and Flaubert's Latest, all of which debuted at Playwrights Horizons in New York. He was also my first writing teacher. He told me what Bartlet might ask a Chinese refugee to determine if his Christain [Christian] faith was sincere, ... - Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
Posted at mightybigtv.com Forum
by Aaron "Benjamin" Sorkin
July 22, 2001