|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|
|Anna Deavere Smith as||Dr. Nancy McNally||National Security Advisor|
|Kevin Tighe as||Jack Buckland||Governor of Indiana|
|H. Richard Greene as||Robert Royce||Rep. R-Penn|
|Cliff DeYoung as||Congressman Kimball||Rep. D-Tenn|
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Scott Michael Campbell as||Donald Dolan||Executive Clerk|
|John F. O'Donohue as||Mr. Koveleski||Clerk of the House|
|Mary Mara as||Sherri Wexler||Entertainment Reporter|
|Thomas Kopache as||Assisant Secretary of State||Bob "Bobby" Slatterly|
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications' Director|
|Devika Parikh as||Bonnie||Communications' Aide|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Mark||O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter|
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Jeff Mooring as||Phil||Reporter|
|Steven J. Levy as||Jonathan|
|Rick Cramer as||Officer|
|Ralph Meyering Jr. as||Civilian||Tom|
|Ana Mercedes as||Sally||Military Aide|
|Elizabeth Taheri as||Pam||Wachtel (last name)|
|Randolph Brooks as||Civilian||Arthur Leeds / Reporter|
|Richard Saxton as||Alan|
A bombing in Tel Aviv with one American killed -- that's the storyline on which the "West Wing" troupe had just done a cold reading for the fourth episode of the new season.
The company emerged from the reading to be told of the suicide bombing in Jerusalem in which an American had been killed. "It was mind-blowing," said Richard Schiff (he plays Toby Ziegler), one of the series' eight Emmy-Nominated thesps (that tally includes guest actor Oliver Platt).
"Hopefully," Schiff told me, "this is the last time our nonfiction reflects the fiction." But he praised Aaron Sorkin's "profound understanding of the foibles of humans -- that people sometimes force themselves into thinking certain things. His understanding of that phenomenon is amazing!"
""West Wing" takes Middle East angle"
by Army Archerd
August 17, 2001
At the time of the attack [September 11, 2001], Aaron was in the middle of writing the 6th episode of the season. A Halloween ep. He immediately stopped writing and tossed the script. He said that it didn't feel right to write. That all of a sudden what artists and writers did seemed "despicably silly."
Posted at AaronSorkin@yahoogroups.com
October 6, 2001
Notes from Sublime Primetime : An Evening with Emmy-Nominated Writers
It felt all right to me 'cause Arafat's been around forever and he'll be around forever. Like the way we reference Phyllis Schlafly. It felt strange to only refer to him as the Chairman. The rule is do what feels right and then trust yourself. - Aaron Sorkin
Posted at AaronSorkin@yahoogroups.com
by List Owner
November 1, 2001
I was in the middle of writing our sixth episode on September 11. I was about halfway through. These scripts are written very close to production. There isn't a bank of scripts. In other words, we were in the middle of shooting the fifth episode while I was in the middle of writing the sixth episode. And I threw it out immediately. It wasn't that there was anything objectionable. There weren't any bombs. It was just wrong. It was a Halloween episode and everybody was yukking it up a little bit. And I was kind of paralyzed. I was like everybody. I didn't know what to write. It didn't feel right to write.
"Sorkin On 9/11"
by Aaron Sorkin
"When we started, Washington was a gridlocked, partisan place. The public enjoyed a show like ours with idealized people, who want to get things done. Now everyone in Washington has come together for a war of good vs. evil and we're talking about a repeal of the estate tax [on the show]. That doesn't work." - Aaron Sorkin
"Reality intrudes on West Wing"
by Tom Jicha
January 21 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel