|Kristin Chenoweth as||Annabeth Schott||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Richard Schiff as||Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler||Former Communications Director|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Santos Campaign Manager|
Jimmy Smits as
|Matthew Vincente Santos||Democratic Candidate for President|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Janeane Garofalo as||Louise "Lou" Thornton||Santos / McGarry Director of Communications|
|Jon Bon Jovi as||Himself|
|Teri Polo as||Helen Santos||Matt Santos' Wife|
|Kathleen York as||Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt||Congresswoman|
|John Aylward as||Barry Goodwin||Former DNC Chairman|
|Lee Garlington as||Alana Waterman||Toby's Lawyer|
|Matthew Letscher as||Peter Blake||US Attorney for D.C.|
|Ramón De Ocampo as||Otto||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|David Ramsey as||Teddy Wallace||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Joshua Cabrera as||Peter Santos||Santos' Son|
|Ashlyn Sanchez as||Miranda Santos||Santos' Daugther|
|Francesa Ferrara as||Local Reporter #1|
|Daphna Cardinale as||Reporter #2|
|Eric Christie as||Reporter #3|
|Ivan Allen as||Anchor||Roger Salier|
|Loren Lester as||Jarin|
|Dylan Naber as||Huck||Toby's Son|
|Alexis Cardenas as||Molly||Toby's Daughter|
|Kylie Cardenas as||Molly||Toby's Daughter|
|Glenda Morgan Brown as||Woman|
West Wing writers had been laying the groundwork for a red-hot romance involving Chenoweth's character, Annabeth Schott, and Spencer's Leo McGarry. Just last week, Chenoweth was still shooting scenes alluding to a developing romance.
"They had me all happy, singing," Chenoweth said. "It was very awkward. I think the writers are frantically planning something appropriate to honor him, but we don't know what."
"Chenoweth was, and still is, Leo's kind of girl"
by William Keck
January 12, 2006
Jon Bon Jovi, whose acting credits include Moonlight And Valentino and the TV series Ally McBeal, won't have much of a stretch for his latest role on The West Wing.
"I'm actually playing me," Bon Jovi says. "Much like the Gore campaign and the Kerry campaign where I was very involved, they brought me in here to play me and draw a big crowd to the rallies and get involved with the (Democratic presidential candidate Matt) Santos character (played by Jimmy Smits). They came to me. Several of the people in the writing staff were former Gore and Kerry supporters or speechwriters."
Bon Jovi acknowledged the recent death of actor John Spencer, who played Santos running mate Leo McGarry, had sidelined the series' major plotline
"They're in a tizzy for sure," he said, but refused to answer how the show might be dealing with Spencer's passing.
"Oh, I don't know. Today is my first day. I can't comment on or answer that."
Bon Jovi was spending this past week shooting his West Wing episode before resuming the Have A Nice Day tour.
"I love acting, my life is just booked solid, it was just to keep my feet wet," he explains. "An opportunity like this arises on what happens to be one of my few favourite TV shows, (so) I said, 'Okay, a week. No big deal.' It just couldn't have been better, timing-wise."
"Vets Bon Jovi still having fun"
by Jane Stevenson
January 15, 2006
NBC tells us Atrios [Duncan B. Black] is "not much of a people person." Ahh, the skewed public perception of "bloggers."
[For the TVwithoutpity crowd, this is a liberal blog where most everyone has an idea of what Atrios looks like, just in case you were wondering, here's what Atrios actually looks like right around the time he stopped being an anonymous blogger. When I first met him--and a bunch of other bloggers--I was pleasantly surprised at how "normal" we all are in real life.]
" I know Atrios and let me tell you..."
by Sir Oolius
March 26, 2006
She Flies With Her Own Wings
Did you catch the shout-out to frozen custard last night? Santos (Jimmy Smits) was campaigning here and suggested to his wife that they go out on the town and “sample some of that fresh frozen custard.” (I suspect “fresh” a slip of the tongue that they left in.) “Toasted ravioli” would have been funnier, but whatever.
"St. Louis on “The West Wing”"
by Gail Pennington
March 26, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch