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Inauguration: Over There
(Part 2)

Original Airdate 02-12-03 Rerun 08-13-03

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Will Bailey's work on the inaugural address makes quite an impression (as does the foreign-policy doctrine it espouses), and Danny Concannon's reporting makes quite a splash. Meanwhile, Charlie's luck in finding a Bible for Bartlet's swearing-in isn't improving.
From NBC:
Preparations for the Inauguration (and the parties that follow) continue as the White House scuttles the President's speech and moves closer and closer historic military action.
From Warner Bros.:
Preparations for the Presidential inauguration, and the parties that follow, continue as the White House cancels Bartlet's speech and moves closer to a historic military action.


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
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Speechwriter
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 Star
Timothy Busfield as
Danny (Daniel) Concannon Washington Post Reporter
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
Charles Noland as Steve Reporter
Kris Murphy as Katie Witt (last name) / Reporter
Timothy Davis-Reed as Mark O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter
Ron Ostrow as John Reporter
David Goodman as Bert Donna's Neighbour
Jacqueline Harris as Cynthia at Iota

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration for Outstanding Drama Series Win

Media Quotes

I had a chance to talk to Aaron today, and he said they are leaving on Thursday to shoot in DC, and they are doing a lot of location stuff, as well as the Inaugural Ball. They should be some very pretty shows.

Posted at
by List Owner
January 17, 2003
Message 26877

Crews will be filming inaugural scenes later this week near the Mellon Auditorium so they'll need the curb lane of part of Constitution Avenue, Northwest.

On Thursday, filming will be on the north side from 12th to 14th streets, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the afternoon. They'll return at 5 a.m. Friday, and stay clear through early Tuesday.

Also on Friday, the curb lane on the south side of Constitution Avenue will be blocked from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m and the curb lanes on both sides of the street from 6 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday.

"Shooting of "The West Wing" to Block Part of Constitution Ave"
by Unknown
January 21, 2003
WJLA-TV via Yahoo

... this probably won't be an issue, but... What if Lowe were persuaded to stay on WW? Can there be two communications deputies? "That's a very good question," Malina laughs. "It hasn't aired yet, but there's an episode which addresses that by suggesting Sam may get a promotion. I think he would be my immediate superior."

"Sports Night Star Replaces Rob Lowe"
by Daniel R. Coleridge
February 5, 2003
TV Guide Online

Denver native Jill Sobule ... sings two songs on The West Wing at 9 tonight on Channel 9. She will perform Rock Me To Sleep and Heroes on the hit TV show.

West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin caught Sobule's act at an ACLU event in December "and really dug her," according to my spy. His fanship flamed and he wrote the local vocal into a script.

"On the town"
by Penny Parker
February 12, 2003
Rocky Mountain News

From the world of show biz: My people tell me that Bud Hash, proprietor of Le Triolet, the premier beauty salon of Highlandtown, and a prize-winning ballroom dancer, appears with his partner of 10 years, Carol Weinberg, in the inaugural ball scene in tonight's episode of NBC's West Wing.

The producers obviously wanted no klutzes fouling up the dance floor -- Bud and Carol were among many excellent ballroom dancers who got a casting call and were placed in close quarters with the stars of the show, including Martin Sheen and John Spencer. Buddy will be wearing -- duh! -- a tuxedo. Look for Carol in a black sheath thing with a beaded, flesh-colored top.

"Show biz calls, Baltimoreans answer"
by Dan Rodricks
February 12, 2003
Baltimore Sun

Earl Hargrove can notch another inauguration in his belt.

The Harwood man's company, Hargrove Inc. of Lanham, helped the fictitious President Bartlet of NBCs "The West Wing" television series celebrate his inauguration in the episode that ran on Wednesday.

The company turned the Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue in Washington into an elaborate site for an inaugural ball honoring Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen. It was the second time the company has worked with the show's producers on staging an episode.

The company's work was based on experience. It has provided parade floats, ball decor or other services for every presidential inaugural since 1949. Part of the stage set used in the inaugural sequences was actually constructed and used for inaugural balls honoring President Bush in 2001.

"We were offered the opportunity to participate in "The West Wing' again because of our props and resources," said CEO Tim McGill. "It fits right in because this is the kind of thing we do every day."

"Business bulletin"
by Unknown
February 16, 2003

On another recent day on "The West Wing" set, all of the senior staff cast members are working on a complicated scene in the Oval Office. In between takes, Malina plays Excalibur Touch Chess, an electronic hand-held game that appears to be winning.

The scene takes from early morning to mid-afternoon to shoot, and it involves President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) giving an emotional, complex explanation about a major policy change, brought out in part by Will's insistent moral arguments.

Though Sheen does almost all of the talking, it's a carefully choreographed moment, and at the end, Will and the president share a look of understanding. Or at least they're supposed to. Malina keeps getting hustled out the door by the momentum of the scene.

After they'd run through it in rehearsal and then for the cameras, they broke to reset the lights and start again. As everyone starts to drift away, Sheen calls out, "Hey, Malina, here's looking at you."

"White House rookie"
by Rick Kushman
March 2, 2003
Sacramento Bee

Stephanie Antosca and Jonathan Zurer of thinkfilm produced 5 days of filming for The West Wing in Washington, D.C. in January. As usual, thinkfilm managed all aspects of local production, including location scouting, casting extras, hiring crew and renting equipment. Working with Production Designer Ken Hardy, Jay Klein and Kin Remington designed an elaborate inaugural ball scene at the Mellon Building on Constitution Avenue. Betsy Royall of Taylor Royall brought together over 500 extras decked out in black tie and ball gowns. Thinkfilm also brought in snow and ice for a snowball-throwing scene filmed on Hillyer Street, off Dupont Circle.

"thinkfilm Wins for Best Local Commercial"
by Unknown
April 2003

The Washington Bible is handled only with gloved hands and travels with three St. John"s Lodge members at all times. It does not go through X-ray machines, even at airports. The repeated low-level radiation could cause the ink, which is vegetable-based, to deteriorate, according to Garfunkel.

Although rumors persist that the Bible does not fly on airplanes - the plot device that prevented it from being used at President "Jed" Bartlett's second inaugural on the television show "The West Wing" - the Bible has been transported by plane, train, automobile, subway, taxicab, limousine and private car.

"Book was used at inaugural of 1st U.S. president"
by Judy Harrison
May 7, 2005
Bangor Daily News

Real: The Hawk 'n' Dove pub on Capitol Hill.

Fake: The owners and regulars, replaced by actors and extras.

Sorta real, sorta fake: The real outside sign was moved so the camera could get a better shot of the Capitol. The 16-hour shoot resulted in a 90-second scene.

"The Reliable Source"
by Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
March 5, 2006
Washington Post

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