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The New Hampshire primary is approaching and Santos (Jimmy Smits) is locked out of a debate---only Russell and Hoynes (Gary Cole, Tim Matheson) have been invited. Santos and Josh have differing opinions on how to deal with the situation. Meanwhile Santos hires Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) to help him prepare for the debate without telling Josh.
From NBC:
Five days before the New Hampshire primary, a desperate Josh (Bradley Whitford) must find a way to get his trailing candidate, Congressman Santos (Jimmy Smits), into the local newspaper's debate between the two front-runners, Vice President Russell (Gary Cole) and Hoynes (Tim Matheson), or face extinction -- until they gamble on staging their own debate. When Santos brings in savvy Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) to prep him, Josh clashes with both his ex-girlfriend and his candidate over the listless campaign.
From Warner Bros.:
Five days before the New Hampshire primary, a desperate Josh must get his trailing candidate, Congressman Matthew Santos (Jimmy Smits), into the local debate between the two front-runners, Vice President Russell (Gary Cole) and John Hoynes (Tim Matheson). Josh doesn't succeed, and his candidate's campaign is doomed--until they gamble on staging their own debate. When Santos brings in savvy Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) to help prepare, Josh clashes with both his ex-girlfriend and his candidate over the listless campaign.


Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Chief of Staff
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Vice President's Campaign Manager
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Russell Campaign Staffer
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Santos Campaign Manager
Jimmy Smits as
Matthew Vincente Santos Rep. D-TX
Special Guest Stars    
Mary-Louise Parker as Amy (Amelia) Gardner Political Operative
Gary Cole as Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell Vice President
Tim Matheson as
John Hoynes Former Vice President
Guest Starring    
Evan Arnold as Ned Carlson Santos' Aide
Karis Campbell as Ronna (Beckman) Santos' Aide
Ivan Allen as Anchor Roger Salier
Joe Egender as Santos Volunteer  
Jay Brazeau as Mackey Lowell Dover Herald Publisher
Gabe Cohen as Studio Manager  
Joe Ochman as News Director  
Reg Basco Hernandez as Russell Aide  
Wesley Harris as Moderator  
Kevin Hare as Chicken Bob  
Sterling Jarvis as Secret Service Agent  
Mark Joe Packer as Technician  
Paul Clark as Repoter  
Laura DeCarteret as Repoter #6  
Saida Rodriguez-Pagan as Repoter #5  
Krista Sutton as Reporter #1  
Micheal Rhoades as Reporter #3  
Hamish McEwan as Reporter #2  
Erin Gooderham as Reporter #7  
Jonathan Walker as Reporter #8  
Jerry Levitan as TV Producer  
Wendy Haller as Woman #1  
Kevin Bundy as Man #1  
Shari Hollett as Woman #2  

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Emmy Awards

Submitted for consideration after Outstanding Drama Series Nomination

Media Quotes

"What we're hoping to do is give the audience some insight into what the campaign process is about," Smits says.

"Can 'West Wing' build a bridge to the 21st century?"
by Bill Keveney
October 19, 2004
USA Today

Producers of the award-winning NBC drama The West Wing visited Dundas this week, touring possible filming locations for three episodes.

Tentative plans include two weeks of filming in the Valley Town from Dec. 1 to 12. Location scout Drazen Baric said the community will fill in as a New Hampshire town during the presidential election primaries.

"They picked Dundas because it looks like New Hampshire," Mr. Baric said.

Monday morning, he enquired about using the Dundas Star News office as one of the locations during the filming.

Phyllis Kraemer, a Dundas Downtown Business Improvement Area board member and owner of The Keeping Room on Cross Street, has been acting as the business group's film liaison since the summer.

"It appeared we were getting left out of the loop in terms of what was happening," she said. "We needed to know what was going on."

Several movies, commercials and television shows have filmed in Dundas over the past four years, with mixed reaction from local business owners. Ms. Kraemer said specific details of The West Wing filming have changed over the last couple of weeks. She described the production team as very contientious and concerned about the effect their presence could have on local businesses particularly during the busy pre-Christmas rush in early December.

She said only a few days of the 12-day shoot will be filmed downtown. The rest will be done at other Dundas locations. Ms. Kraemer has been in close touch with the show's production team over the past week.

"White House interested in Valley Town"
by Craig Campbell
November 24, 2004
Duundas Star News

White House north: "The West Wing" is flying north to Canada, but reps for the show shot down a Canadian trade mag report that star (and outspoken Dem) Martin Sheen encouraged the move in a gesture of post-election frustration.

We're told the show will shoot scenes for three episodes in and around Toronto, starting in early December, but "President" Sheen isn't even making the pilgrimage.

Ontario locations will stand in for Iowa and New Hampshire in plot developments involving the presidential primaries. According to National Post columnist Shinan Govani, those who can't stand not having a real election to follow can live vicariously through the candidacies of characters played by Jimmy Smits, Gary Cole and Alan Alda. The gracious Govani writes: "On behalf of all Torontonians and no doubt the Canadian chapter of Democrats Abroad, who will be crying into their blue wine this American Thanksgiving, I heartily send up the welcome flag to our 'West Wing' friends."

"The Reliable Source"
by Richard Leiby
November 25, 2004
Washington Post

The DeLuxe Restaurant in downtown Dundas is about to enjoy a new life as an ice-cream parlour.

And one of its first customers will likely be Hollywood star Jimmy Smits.

But don't start loading the kids into the car and heading to the old King Street West eatery for a cone or sundae.

The DeLuxe's new lease on life will only be for a few days as a location for the NBC TV program The West Wing.


The film crew will also be shooting at The Plainsman Restaurant on Highway 5, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, a residence on Sydenham Road, an arena and in Flamborough.


The Plainsman Restaurant will be standing in for a retirement home in Idaho [?] when the film crew moves there on Dec. 7.

Owner Mike Good said crews will be making some changes to the front of the business to convert it to its new identity.

"We are supposed to be in the corn belt," he said. "I think they are doing a few episodes."

"Dundas welcomes The West Wing"
by Doug Foley
November 26, 2004
Hamilton Spectator

NBC's "West Wing" is rounding up items from around the city so its make-believe Manchester appears more authentic in a television episode expected to air in February.

Everything from a Union Leader vending box to a New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball cap to a Manchester Monarchs hockey jersey could appear on the show, according to Lloyd Brown, the show's set decoration buyer.

"I'm actually dealing with a lot of different companies in Manchester to acquire things," Brown said in a phone interview from the Toronto area yesterday. "Basically, I can end up using it in a number of scenes. Some things will end up on a bulletin board. Some things will end up on cars."

The show's crew is "doing some shooting north of Toronto that's doubling for Manchester and a few other towns in New Hampshire, as well as Iowa, for a story line that they're developing," Brown said.


The show called the Hatfield Gallery on Elm Street Tuesday.

"I was so excited," said co-owner Diane Boucher. "I watch the show all the time."

Brown was interested in seven photographs that her husband, Ron, shot.

"The thing that excited me the most is he has panoramic shots," Brown said.

Ron Boucher said the item Brown liked the most contains three panels. One contains a 1903 panoramic shot of downtown Manchester that mill worker Alphonso Sanborn took from the roof of Millwest, a building directly across from Catholic Medical Center on the West Side.


The show wanted other downtown scenes, including the Palace Theatre. Boucher also picked up an assignment to photograph street signs to give added authenticity to the political drama.


The Fisher Cats shipped two shirts, three hats, three pennants, four bumper stickers, programs and other gear to the show, which insisted on buying the items.

"They're filming in Toronto and, ironically enough, it's the home of the parent club of the Fisher Cats," said team spokesman John Zahr.

Monarchs public relations director Mike Kalinowski said the show wanted to borrow items. The team sent a replica jersey, a few player photos, a stuffed Max mascot doll, a license plate cover and a Monarchs flag.

"Part of the episode is going to appear in a hockey rink," said Kalinowski, a fan of the show. "We gave them what we think will look good on TV, based on what they told us and what will represent the organization."

And forget about using a generic newspaper on "West Wing."

"Your newspaper boxes will be appearing in the television show - and your actual newspaper," Brown told The Union Leader.

"'West Wing' gathers authentic NH items for episode"
by Michael Cousineau
November 27, 2004
Manchester Union Leader

Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Smits were seen on the streets of Dundas, Ont. as filming of the popular political drama "The West Wing" got underway over the weekend.

The famous president made like a statue outside the town hall building, which was made over to be a U.S. post office for the show.

But Smits shook hands and signed autographs, at least in his role as Texas congressman Matt Santos.

The actor spent little time talking to the crowd of about 200 people who gathered around to watch the filming. He quickly retreated to a warm van parked nearby in between takes.

Other actors, such as Brad Whitford and Tim Matheson, spent time posing for fan photos and signing autographs.

"Everybody has been so great and nice to us," said Matheson, who plays disgraced vice-president John Hoynes. He chatted with a number of fans during a break for lunch.

It took remarkably little to transform this city just northeast of Hamilton into small town New England town. A few American flags and election signs were added to homes along the street.

"'The West Wing' filming draws gawkers"
December 6, 2004
Canadian Press

West Wing location scout Drazen Baric found what he was looking for in the (now slightly) lower dollar the likelihood of snow in four nearby towns - Dundas, Carlisle and Ancaster in the Hamilton area, and Port Perry in the Kawarthas - which landed the two-week, three-episode shoot.

As it turned out, snow actually had to be trucked in (from a local hockey rink) for scenes shot this past weekend in Dundas.


On Dec. 5, about 200 onlookers saw Smits and Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) work the Dundas Town Hall and a nearby restaurant. The main street got an instant Yankee makeover. American flags and U.S. election signs were hung in windows. Newspaper boxes for USA Today and The Manchester Leader were placed in the street.


Production on the show continues in Ontario through Dec. 19 - bad weather permitting.

"West Wing veers north"
by Bill Brioux
December 8, 2004
Calgary Sun

Christopher Misiano, director of the West Wing episodes filmed in Dundas this week, knows how lucky his crew was to film in the historic DeLuxe Restaurant.

"Being able to film here, after it hasn't been open for 26 years, is amazing," Mr. Misiano said Monday afternoon as the crew prepared to film a scene with West Wing stars Jimmy Smits and Bradley Whitford.

Dundas filled in as a New Hampshire town for the show, which is following Mr. Smits' character during the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Despite similar filming requests, former owner Susie Wong had refused to open the space since 1977. Her grandson, John-Paul Yuen, was pleased to see it open again. He hung around to watch the filming.

Norman and Sharon Duckworth were keeping an eye on the former restaurant during filming. They are helping find someone to lease the restaurant, which hasn't changed since it first opened more than 50 years ago.

"Some of the crew members were asking about the history of the place. They were fascinated," Mrs. Duckworth said. "It has a lot of history. If these walls could talk..."

Over 150 actors and crew members descended on Dundas last weekend for three solid days of filming in the Valley Town. Locations included the former Dundas Town Hall, a Sydenham Street home, Hatt Street and Today's Family Daycare at Victoria Street.

On Monday, the focus was downtown Dundas. In the morning, scenes were filmed on King Street West and in the DeLuxe Restaurant. In the afternoon, filming continued inside the DeLuxe, then moved to Cabin Fever.

The experience was a great one for Cabin Fever owner Catherine Boyle. Shooting moved to her clothing store mid-afternoon Monday and lasted until nearly 8 p.m. Scenes were filmed outside and throughout the store, as the characters shopped. The store's real name was used.

"They were great people to work with. It went smoothly," Ms. Boyle said.

She met the two male stars, got autographs and had her picture taken with them despite not really being a fan of the show yet.

"After yesterday I'll probably watch it," she said.

Ms. Boyle said the actors and crew did some real-life shopping as well. Bradley Whitford bought a denim coat at Cabin Fever. She figures the poor weather affected business more than the filming interruption did. She noticed people leaving nearby stores with bags, so she guessed business downtown wasn't hurt.

Sandwiched between the two downtown locations was Cruikshank's clothing store. And while owner Gord Cruikshank believes business was hurt by the filming, he was prepared and the whole day provided a very positive and interesting experience. Mr. Cruikshank ran into Jimmy Smits Monday morning at Piccone's Market, when he was picking up a danish for his coffee. Mr. Smits was waiting at the cash register, so Mr. Cruikshank approached him, introduced himself and offered his studio tailoring area in the store as a refuge for the actor during breaks in filming.

"He dropped in later and apologized, he couldn't take me up on the offer because he was busy filming," Mr. Cruikshank said.

But later, the location manager dropped into the men's and women's clothing store to ask if Mr. Smits and Mr. Whitford could use the studio changerooms to dress for the next scene.

"While they were changing, they were rehearsing," Mr. Cruikshank said, recalling the two men calling out their lines from changerooms at opposite ends of the building.

"They are very focussed men, particularly Mr. Smits," he said. "Once they're out of your line of sight, they're somewhere else."

But both actors were "gracious" and "polite" to Mr. Cruikshank and his wife, Evelyn. The actors even did some business there, but Mr. Cruikshank didn't want to say what was purchased. With a laugh, he cited "Tailor-Client confidentiality."

Mr. Cruikshank expected less business with the filming scheduled for Monday, so he gave his staff the day off in advance. He said it was a slow day, because people's attention was directed elsewhere. But he pointed out that the production company did compensate his business.

"They really seem to have engratiated themselves with the community," Mr. Cruikshank said.

Small groups of onlookers watched Jimmy Smits and Bradley Whitford walk a few steps along King Street, then into the Deluxe Restaurant, where a scene was being filmed.

"My wife says she saw Josh walking around today," said Dundas resident Ken Redish, as he stopped for a moment across the street from the DeLuxe. He was referring to Josh Lyman, the president's deputy chief of staff, played by Bradley Whitford.

Moments later, both Mr. Smits and Mr. Whitford walked out of the old restaurant and stood on the sidewalk for a couple of minutes.

"Ah...and there's Josh," Mr. Redish said.


Mr. Misiano said Monday morning's snow was a huge benefit for the film shoot, as they were hoping for some snow.

"The only challenge is having to film in the lack of daylight. We're going back and forth filming the scenes where we need light coming through the windows," Mr. Misiano said. "The location has just been great."

The cast and crew were commuting from Toronto each day, and with many scenes to complete they fell behind early in the filming. With little down time, Mr. Misiano said there wasn't much chance to see much of the town.

"It's been a pretty full plate," he said.

"West Wing actors, crew members descend on town"
by Craig Campbell
December 10, 2004
Duundas Star News

Rookie Conservative MP Bev Oda (Durham, Ont.), with two very enthusiastic staffers in tow, got to rub shoulders with some of the stars of the hit American drama series, The West Wing, earlier this month.

Call it a case of political reality meeting Hollywood's make believe version of it.

The encounter happened in the small Ontario town of Port Perry, in Ms. Oda's riding, which, like many regions in southern Ontario, has been struggling to attract U.S. film and TV productions this year because of the rising Loonie and new American tax incentives designed to stop companies from travelling north of the border to shoot films and television shows.

Upon learning that NBC's Emmy-winning show - which is a favourite among Parliament Hill denizens - would be shooting in her riding, Ms. Oda, as her party's Canadian culture critic, decided she had to check it out for herself. One of her staffers, Joanne McNamara, called Warner Bros. Television Production's Toronto office to set up a meeting.

Ms. Oda and Ms. McNamara, along with riding office staffer, Joanne Westerman, drove down to Port Perry early on the morning of Dec. 12, a Sunday, to meet the cast and crew.

"It was exciting. They were actually filming in the riding," said Ms. Oda, who is a fan of the show but hasn't been able to keep up with it since she was elected in last June's federal election. The trio spent about three hours on the set which doubled as a town in New Hampshire that morning, complete with American flags, mailboxes and cars with state licence plates. Cast member Gary Cole, who plays U.S. Vice-President Bob Russell, was campaigning for the New Hampshire primary.

Ms. Oda, who is a former broadcaster, said her primary motivation for going was to meet producer Michael Hissrich and director Chris Missiano to talk about the health of the Canadian film industry. She was happy to learn most of the crew were Canadian.

"They were very impressed with the skill and professionalism of the Canadian crew. They loved the welcome and the assistance they got from the town," she told The Hill Times last week.

"Conservative MP Bev Oda, staffers meet The West Wing cast"
by Paco Francoli
December 20, 2004
Hill Times

Now, though, Parker says she's coming back to guest-star in "a few" episodes later this season. "I'm shooting one right now, in fact," she says


Parker's work on "The West Wing" shouldn't interfere with "Weeds," which is slated for a summer premiere on Showtime. And she says she's happy to be back in the fictional White House.

"I really love that character and I love that show," she says. "It just never worked out that I was available to do it, you know, in a really long stretch of time."

"Parker Returning to 'West Wing'"
January 8, 2005

Remaining scenes filmed in Dundas include Today's Family Daycare and downtown Dundas. Scenes were filmed inside the DeLuxe Restaurant and Cabin Fever clothes store, which retained its name in the show.

"America's watching Dundas"
by Craig Campbell
January 17, 2005
Dundas Star News

"It was great," said Gary Cole, who plays vice president Bob Russell, a lightweight democrat who thinks he has a shot at the White House.

Cole was in Ontario in December (along with Smits and series regulars Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney and Joshua Malina) for the location shoot. "It opened the show up," said Cole, who attended a Warner Bros. DVD event Thursday night on press tour. "Ninety percent of the time (the series) is in the White House. These shows are totally on the road."

He felt that the snowy outdoor campaign stops lent authenticity to the series.

He recalled one setup at an Ontario rink. The scene showed Russell chatting up hockey moms and dads on a campaign photo op. Cole said kids had to skate all day while the crew set up. "By the time (the actors) got there, it was 8 o'clock," he said. "It must have been a marathon for those kids."

"Alan Alda eager to run 'The West Wing'"
by Bill Brioux
January 22, 2005
Toronto Sun

... one of the show's constant themes - the choice candidates make between expressing their honest feelings and telling the public what they want to hear to get votes.

"That is the central issue for campaigns," said Wells. "What are you willing to sacrifice? What of your integrity? What do you have to do to be politically expedient? The political professionals are telling you: "It doesn't really matter what you say. You are just trying to get votes and make a difference when you get elected.' That's a recurring theme.

"The disturbing thing about spending a lot of time with our political consultants about this, is the fact that you would even ask that question of them makes you an idiot."

"Alda, Smits hit campaign trail"
by Alan Pergament
January 26, 2005
Buffalo News

But after a rocky two years, Graves says the writers are particularly excited about chronicling the "complicated" race for president.

"That was one of the things we always wanted to do (with President Bartlet), but we couldn't watch Martin campaign through New Hampshire and Iowa because he had already won," Graves says. "But you learn all about the political process and it becomes this fascinating thing."

Once admittedly "bored" with themselves, Graves says the writers are now filled with boundless energy.

"It feels like we're doing something tough and exciting," he says. "And it comes off on the show because that's how the series was when it started. It was so hard to pull off and it was so exciting to try and pull off."

"The West Wing's Political Shakeup"
by Kevin D. Thompson
February 6, 2005
Palm Beach Post

"I think John [Wells] got what he wanted in terms of going backstage in the (primary) campaign process" this season, he [Jimmy Smits] says.

"'The West Wing' wants you"
by Bill Keveney
April 5, 2005
USA Today

"With regard to my character and what's happened with the selection arc, it wasn't so much to deal with what goes on in a debate. It has to do more with what the inner workings are and the stuff people don't see," he [Jimmy Smits] says. "It was an eye-opener for me. I love the research part of what we do. Being able to talk to the technical advisers they have and the writing staff that's been involved (in politics), it's a civics lesson, no doubt."

"Smits sounds the part on his future"
by Rick Porter
April 6, 2005

Says Wells: "People seemed to be really engaged. ... In dealing with the primaries, it was one of the areas during the first five years of the show that we hadn't explored. One of the things you're constantly doing is look for places in the story you haven't done sometime before."

Equally intrigued by the storyline was Smits, who met with Wells about playing Santos. "John's idea was to give insight about what goes into particular points of the campaign," the thesp says. "We talked about the power of the media and show how great it would be to have young people aspire to be in politics."

"Rejuvenation Station"
by Stuart Levine
June 1, 2005

Dirty little secret: Personally, [Bradley] Whitford wanted his character to end up with Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker) rather than Donna Moss (Janel Moloney).

May 14, 2006
Washington Post

People were always like, "You stole Josh from Donna!" [Laughs] The only person who doesn't feel that way, actually, is Brad[ley Whitford], who is like, "I should have ended up with you." But I loved doing that part. It was supposed to be just one episode, but it turned into more. - Mary-Louise Parker

" Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker Makes a Killer Bride"
by Matt Webb Mitovich
March 2, 2007
TV Guide Online

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