|Stockard Channing as||Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D.||First Lady|
|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||Vice President's Chief of Staff|
|Mary McCormack as||Kate (Katherine) Harper||Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Richard Schiff as||Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler||Communications Director|
|John Spencer as||Leo Thomas McGarry||Former Chief of Staff|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Kristin Chenoweth as||Annabeth Schott||Deputy Press Secretary|
Lily Tomlin as
|Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer||President's Secretary|
|Reed Diamond as||Dr. Mike Gordon||Army Major|
|Steve Ryan as||Miles Hutchinson||Secretary of Defense|
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Ryan Cutrona as||George Sliger||previously Rollie / CIA Director|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Rafael J. Noble as||Congressman Swarthout|
|Gregory White as||Congressman Auren|
|Carol Avery as||Congresswoman Gleeson|
|Michael Edward Rose as||Jonathan Creasy|
|Kristin Carey as||Interviewer|
|Ursula Burton as||Woman||Mrs. Creasy|
|Thomas Spencer as||Military Aide||Jeff|
|Anthony Holiday as||Guard||Brian (first name)|
|Alexa Alemannias||Leo's Intern|
Spencer added that Leo will be around for the entire season - although it may be a while before he sees the inside of the Oval Office again. "We are shooting Episode 12 and Leo is still in the hospital."
by Michael Ausiello
November 10, 2004
TV Guide Online
And finally, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge), is spending his down time island-hopping. First, McMurray taped a segment on NBC's "The West Wing," late last week, then flew to Hawaii for a three-day photo shoot for FOX Sports with Kasey Kahne.
"After Exciting, Successful Season, NASCAR Celebrates Holidays"
December 21, 2004
Martinsville Speedway's victory lane will make a brief prime time appearance Wednesday night in NBC's award-winning drama, "The West Wing."
First Lady Abigail Bartlet, played by Stockard Channing, makes a foray into the world of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing with a visit to Martinsville Speedway. She shows up in victory lane to present the winner's trophy to Jamie McMurray, played by Jamie McMurray, and he winds up planting a big kiss on the First Lady.
"Jamie's a pretty excitable guy. We saw that when he won the truck race here last fall," said Mike Smith, Martinsville Speedway's director of public relations. "I could see him putting a big old kiss on the First Lady."
Actually neither McMurray nor Channing were anywhere near Martinsville Speedway for the filming of the segment. It was all done on a sound stage in California. But the show's crew did an amazing job of recreating Martinsville's victory lane and duplicating the feel of a victory lane celebration.
Writers for "The West Wing" begin planning the details of the show back in the early fall.
"I got a call from a writer back in September, I think. He knew absolutely nothing about racing, but we spent about 30 minutes talking about racing. He was asking questions about the mood of victory lane, the color, the sound, how fans reacted. He was trying to get a feel for the sport," said Smith.
That followed with another phone call a few days later requesting victory lane photos. Later, segments of the script involving the victory lane celebration showed up on the speedway's fax machine for review. After that "we sort of forgot about it," said Smith, until the track received notice about 10 days ago the episode would air this week.
"Martinsville Speedway Makes Appearance On 'The West Wing'"
January 17, 2005
Insider Racing News
McMurray didn't understand why a drama show such as "The West Wing" would want him until he checked out NASCAR's ratings, agreed. "If I was a movie star and wanted to promote a movie or sitcom this would be a great venue," he said.
"Hollywood's latest hot spot? Any race"
by David Newton
May 29, 2005