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The West Wing

The West Wing Title Screen
Genre Serial drama
Running time 42 minutes (approx. per episode)
Creator(s) Aaron Sorkin
Starring Alan Alda
Stockard Channing
Kristin Chenoweth
Dulé Hill
Allison Janney
Moira Kelly
Rob Lowe
Joshua Malina
Mary McCormack
Janel Moloney
Richard Schiff
Martin Sheen
Jimmy Smits
John Spencer
Bradley Whitford
Country of origin USA
Original network/channel NBC
Original run September 22, 1999May 14, 2006
No. of episodes 146 (as of 22 January 2006)
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin and produced and co-written by John Wells. The series is set in the West Wing of the White House, the location of the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff, during the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). Image File history File links The West Wing Title Shot File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Serial is a term, originating in literature, for a format by which a story is told in contiguous installments in sequential issues of a single periodical publication. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Aaron Sorkin Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born on June 9, 1961 in New York City) is an American screenwriter and producer, working in both film and television. ... 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The West Wing is produced by Warner Bros. and is now in its seventh and final season. It first aired on NBC in 1999, and has been picked up by networks in other countries, including the United Kingdom and Japan. On January 22, 2006, NBC announced that the series would end its seven year run on May 14, 2006. [31] The WB Shield used from 2003 to present day Warner Bros. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI in Roman) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI in Roman) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The show has received positive reviews from television critics, political science professors, and former White House staffers. Overall, The West Wing has won 24 Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. [18] The show's popularity has dropped in recent years, but it still remains one of the most popular shows among high-income viewers. [23] Political science is a social science discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... An Emmy Award. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

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Cast

Cast members of The West Wing (from left to right): (top) Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney (bottom) Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Martin Sheen, John Spencer, and Bradley Whitford
Cast members of The West Wing (from left to right): (top) Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney (bottom) Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Martin Sheen, John Spencer, and Bradley Whitford
Main article: Characters on The West Wing

The West Wing employs a broad ensemble cast to portray the large number of positions involved in the daily work of the federal government. The President, the First Lady, and the President's senior staff and advisors form the core of this cast. Numerous secondary characters, appearing intermittently, complement storylines that generally revolve around this core group. Image File history File links West_wing_cast. ... Image File history File links West_wing_cast. ... Dulé Hill Karim Dulé Hill (born May 3, 1974) is an American actor, best known as presidential aide Charlie Young on the television series The West Wing. ... Allison Janney at a Red Carpet event Allison Brooks Janney, born November 19, 1960 in Dayton, Ohio, is an American actress, most famous for her portrayal of C.J. Cregg on the American television series The West Wing. ... Richard Schiff on the set of The West Wing as Toby Ziegler Richard Schiff (born May 27, 1955 in Bethesda, Maryland) is an American actor, best known for playing Toby Ziegler on the NBC television drama The West Wing, a role for which he has won an Emmy Award. ... Janel Moloney at a rally for John Kerry in October 2004 in Fort Collins, Colorado Janel Moloney (born October 3, 1969) is a American actress, probably best known for her role as Donna Moss on The West Wing. ... Rob Lowe (2003) Rob Lowe (born March 17, 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA) is an American actor who was a member of the Brat Pack. ... Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an American actor. ... John Spencer John Spencer, born John Speshock (December 20, 1946 – December 16, 2005), was an American actor who was best known for his role as Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff on the television drama The West Wing. ... Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman. ... The television series The West Wing, a political drama series originated for NBC, has a sizable cast of characters. ... An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance in a dramatic production. ...


The following table summarizes the main cast of The West Wing. The position listed is the job that the character held in the first season, before any changes took place.

Actor/Actress Character Position (1st season)
Stockard Channing Abigail Bartlet First Lady
Dulé Hill Charlie Young Personal Aide to the President
Allison Janney C.J. Cregg Press Secretary
Moira Kelly Mandy Hampton White House Media Consultant
Rob Lowe Sam Seaborn Deputy Communications Director
Janel Moloney Donna Moss Special Assistant to Josh Lyman
Richard Schiff Toby Ziegler Communications Director
Martin Sheen Josiah Bartlet President of the United States
John Spencer Leo McGarry Chief of Staff
Bradley Whitford Josh Lyman Deputy Chief of Staff

Additions to the cast following the first season include Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott, Joshua Malina as Will Bailey, Mary McCormack as Kate Harper, Jimmy Smits as Congressman Matt Santos, and Alan Alda as Senator Arnold Vinick. Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... Abigail Abbey Bartlet, First Lady is a fictional character played by Stockard Channing on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... First Lady is an unoffical term that is applied to the female spouse of an elected male head of state or head of government. ... Dulé Hill Karim Dulé Hill (born May 3, 1974) is an American actor, best known as presidential aide Charlie Young on the television series The West Wing. ... Dulé Hill as Charlie Young. ... Allison Janney at a Red Carpet event Allison Brooks Janney, born November 19, 1960 in Dayton, Ohio, is an American actress, most famous for her portrayal of C.J. Cregg on the American television series The West Wing. ... Claudia Jean C.J. Cregg, White House Chief of Staff (formerly Press Secretary) to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, is a fictional character, played by Allison Janney on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official with a rank one step below Cabinet level. ... Moira Kelly in The West Wing. ... Madeline Mandy Hampton, White House media consultant is a fictional character played by Moira Kelly on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Rob Lowe (2003) Rob Lowe (born March 17, 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA) is an American actor who was a member of the Brat Pack. ... Samuel Norman Sam Seaborn, Deputy White House Communications Director, is a fictional character played by Rob Lowe on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... The White House Communications Director is responsible for developing and promoting the voice of the administration. ... Janel Moloney at a rally for John Kerry in October 2004 in Fort Collins, Colorado Janel Moloney (born October 3, 1969) is a American actress, probably best known for her role as Donna Moss on The West Wing. ... Donnatella Donna Moss, formerly Senior Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Planning, is a fictional character played by Janel Moloney on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Richard Schiff on the set of The West Wing as Toby Ziegler Richard Schiff (born May 27, 1955 in Bethesda, Maryland) is an American actor, best known for playing Toby Ziegler on the NBC television drama The West Wing, a role for which he has won an Emmy Award. ... Tobias Zachary Toby Ziegler, former White House Communications Director is a fictional character played by Richard Schiff on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an American actor. ... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet. ... The presidential seal was first used by president Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii The President of the United States of America (often abbreviated to POTUS) is the head of state of the United States. ... John Spencer John Spencer, born John Speshock (December 20, 1946 – December 16, 2005), was an American actor who was best known for his role as Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff on the television drama The West Wing. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the... It has been suggested that Assistant to the President of the United States be merged into this article or section. ... Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman. ... Joshua Josh Lyman, campaign manager for Matt Santos for President and former Deputy White House Chief of Staff, is a fictional character played by Bradley Whitford on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... The Deputy White House Chief of Staff is the top aide to the White House Chief of Staff, who is the senior aide to the President of the United States. ... Kristin Chenoweth. ... Annabeth Schott is a fictional character on NBCs political drama, The West Wing Possible plot spoilers below Annabeth was a media consultant before coming to work for the West Wing. ... Joshua Malina Joshua Malina (born 17 January 1966) is a Jewish-American film and stage actor. ... William Will Bailey, White House Director of Communications, is a fictional character played by Joshua Malina on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Mary McCormack (born February 8, 1969 in Plainfield, New Jersey) is an American television and film actress. ... Mary McCormack as Kate Harper and Anna Deavere Smith as Dr. Nancy McNally. ... Jimmy Smits as Representative Matt Santos on The West Wing. ... A Congressman or Congresswoman (generically, Congressperson) is a politician who is a member of a Congress. ... Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos Matthew Vincente Santos is a fictional Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Houston, Texas, played by Jimmy Smits. ... Alan Alda as Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936 as Alphonso Joseph DAbruzzo) is an American actor, writer, director and sometimes political activist. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick Arnold Vinick is a fictional character on the television series The West Wing played by Alan Alda. ...


Each of the principal characters makes approximately $75,000 an episode, with Sheen's most recently confirmed salary being $300,000. [24][27] Rob Lowe also had a six-figure salary, reported to be $100,000, because his character originally was supposed to have a more central role. [28] Disparities in cast salaries have led to very public contract disputes, particularly by Janney, Schiff, Spencer, and Whitford. During contract negotiations in 2001, the four were threatened with breach-of-contract suits by Warner Bros. However, by banding together, they were able to convince the studio to more than double their salaries. [24] Two years later, the four again demanded a doubling of their salaries, a few months after Warner Bros. had signed new licensing deals with NBC and Bravo. [29] Bravo is a cable television network owned by NBC Universal. ...


The show suffered a surprising loss following the death of John Spencer, who played Leo McGarry. Spencer experienced a fatal heart attack in December 2006, about a year after his character experienced a nearly fatal heart attack. As of February 2006, Spencer's death had not been addressed by the series, except for an opening message from Martin Sheen before the first new episode after Spencer's death.


Plot

Main article: List of The West Wing episodes

The West Wing, like many serial dramas, stretches storylines over several episodes or entire seasons. In addition to these larger storylines, each episode also contains smaller arcs which usually begin and end within an episode. Plot synopses, both for individual episodes and overall seasons, are included with a list of The West Wing episodes. List of episodes of the television series The West Wing, with plot synopses. ... List of episodes of the television series The West Wing, with plot synopses. ...


Each episode follows President Bartlet and his staff through particular legislative or political issues. Plots can range from behind-closed-doors negotiating with Congress ("Five Votes Down") to personal issues like sex ("Pilot", "Take Out The Trash Day") and drugs (a major plotline throughout the first and second seasons). The typical episode loosely follows the president and his staff through their day. A large, fully connected set of the White House allows the producers to create shots with very few cuts and long continuous master shots of staff members walking and talking through the hallways, a show trademark. A master shot is a filmic recording of an entire scene, start to finish, from an angle that keeps all the players in view. ...


In the first season, the administration is entering its second year and is still having issues settling in and making ground on legislative issues. The second season brings scandal as the White House is rocked by allegations of criminal conduct and the president must decide whether he will run again. The third and fourth season take an in-depth look at the campaign trail and the specter of terrorism, foreign and domestic. In the fifth season, the president begins to see more issues on the foreign front, while at home he must face off with the newly elected Speaker of the House over the future of the federal budget. The sixth season chronicles the quest to replace Bartlet in the next election, following the primary campaign of several candidates from both parties. In the seventh season, the president must face a leak of confidential information from inside the White House, while the Democratic and Republican candidates battle to replace him in the general election. The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ...


Show's evolution

President Bartlet (second from left) talks on the phone with a Navy sailor while (from left to right) Toby Ziegler, Abigail Bartlet, Sam Seaborn, and Leo McGarry look on.
President Bartlet (second from left) talks on the phone with a Navy sailor while (from left to right) Toby Ziegler, Abigail Bartlet, Sam Seaborn, and Leo McGarry look on.

The series developed from the 1995 theatrical film The American President, for which Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay. Unused plot elements from the film inspired Sorkin to create The West Wing. Image File history File links Westwing_statedinner2. ... Image File history File links Westwing_statedinner2. ... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Tobias Zachary Toby Ziegler, former White House Communications Director is a fictional character played by Richard Schiff on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Abigail Abbey Bartlet, First Lady is a fictional character played by Stockard Channing on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Samuel Norman Sam Seaborn, Deputy White House Communications Director, is a fictional character played by Rob Lowe on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the... 1995 (MCMXCV in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Aaron Sorkin Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born on June 9, 1961 in New York City) is an American screenwriter and producer, working in both film and television. ...


Sorkin intended to center around Sam Seaborn, Bartlet's deputy communications director, with the president in an unseen or a secondary role. However, Bartlet's screen time gradually increased, and his role expanded as the series progressed. Positive critical and public reaction to Sheen's sometimes Clintonesque performance raised his character's profile, decreasing Lowe's perceived significance. This shift is one of the reasons for Lowe's eventual departure from the show.[2] William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


For the first four seasons, Sorkin wrote almost every episode of the series, reusing many of the same plot elements, character names, and actors from his previous work, Sports Night.[3] His hectic writing schedule often led to cost overruns and schedule slips. [25] Sorkin opted to leave the show after the fourth season, following increasing personal problems, including a very public arrest for possession of illegal drugs. Following his departure, many expected the show to shift from a liberal to more bipartisan footing. This article is about the fictional American television series. ...


The perceived switch of emphasis from Sorkin's dialogue-centric style of writing to John Wells' focus on plot-driven drama has angered some of the show's fan base. Some dislike the switch so passionately that they are actively campaigning for the series to be cancelled, citing Sorkin's departure as the sole cause of its "decline".[4] However, many viewers continue to tune into The West Wing regularly, with the show currently averaging eight million viewers a week. [17]


Critical reactions

Confirming the show's legitimacy, former Vice President Al Gore appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit, which can be seen here with cast members on the Oval Office set.
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Confirming the show's legitimacy, former Vice President Al Gore appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit, which can be seen here with cast members on the Oval Office set.

The West Wing offers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of America's most powerful address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Many criticisms have been written concerning the show's legitimacy, political slant, and film merits. From http://www. ... From http://www. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC nearly every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ... Motto: Official (Latin): E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Translated: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government  â€¢ President  â€¢ Vice President Federal... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ...


Legitimacy

The West Wing is not completely accurate in its portrayal of the actual West Wing because of the certain amount of melodrama that must be added to each episode to captivate viewers. [5] However, former White House staffers agree that the show "captures the feel [of the West Wing], shorn of a thousand undramatic details." [6]


Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers as well as expert pollster Patrick Caddell have served as consultants for the show since the beginning, helping writers and actors depict the West Wing accurately. Other former White House staffers, such as Peggy Noonan and Gene Sperling, have served as consultants for briefer periods. The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official with a rank one step below Cabinet level. ... Dee Dee Myers (born Margaret Jane Myers on 1 September 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) served as White House Press Secretary for the first two years of the Clinton administration, from January 20, 1993 to December 22, 1994. ... Patrick Hayward Caddell (also Pat or Patrick H.) (born May 19, 1950, in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is an American public opinion pollster and a political film consultant. ... Peggy Noonan, on Hannity and Colmes. ... Gene B. Sperling is an American economist and political expert, currently serving as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. ...


A documentary special in the third season attempts to lend legitimacy to the show's depiction of the real West Wing. Many former West Wing denizens applauded the show's depiction of the real West Wing, including advisor David Gergen, Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, and former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. David Gergen is a political consultant and presidential advisor during the Republican administrations of Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. ... In several countries, Secretary of State is a senior government position. ... Henry Kissinger circa 1970s. ... Leon Edward Panetta (born June 28, 1938) is a former White House Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, and the founder and director of the Panetta Institute. ... Karl Rove Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is an American political consultant, and (as of 2005) U.S. President George W. Bushs senior advisor, chief political strategist, and Deputy White House Chief of Staff in charge of policy. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... For the submarine, see USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


Social impact

Despite acclaim for the veracity of the series, Sorkin believes, "My obligation isn't to the truth ... my obligation is to captivate you for however long I've asked for your attention." Former White House aide Matthew Miller notes that Sorkin "captivates viewers by making the human side of politics more real than life—or at least more real than the picture we get from the news." Miller also notes that by portraying politicians with empathy, the show has created a "subversive competitor" to the cynical views of politics in media.[6] In the essay "The West Wing and the West Wing", author Myron Levine agrees, stating that the series "presents an essentially positive view of public service and a healthy corrective to anti-Washington stereotypes and public cynicism." [5]


Dr. Staci L. Beavers, associate professor of political science at California State University, San Marcos, wrote a short essay, The West Wing as a Pedagogical Tool, concerning the viability of The West Wing as a teaching tool. She concludes, "While the series’ purpose is for-profit entertainment, The West Wing presents great pedagogical potential." The West Wing, in her opinion, gives greater depth to the political process usually espoused only in stilted talking points on shows like Face the Nation and Meet the Press. However, the merits of a particular argument may be obscured by the viewer's opinion of the character. Beavers also notes that characters with opposing viewpoints are often set up to be "bad people" in the viewer's eyes. These characters are assigned undesirable characteristics having nothing to do with their political opinions, such as being romantically involved with a main character's love interest. In Beaver's opinion, a critical analysis of the show's political views can present a worthwhile learning experience to the viewer.[7] Political science is a social science discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... California State University, San Marcos (also known as CSUSM or Cal State San Marcos) opened in 1990 as the 20th campus of the California State University system, the first new campus in nearly 30 years. ... Talking points are small arguments or phrases that political strategists issue to representatives or supporters of a party or administration to be used over and over again in speeches, talk show appearances and debates. ... Face The Nation logo Face the Nation is an American Sunday-morning interview show which premiered on CBS on November 7, 1954. ... Meet the Press (MTP) is a weekly television news show produced by NBC. It started as a radio show in 1945, as American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press, and was later adapted for television. ...


One of the stranger impacts of the show occurred on January 31, 2006, when The West Wing was said to have played a hand in defeating Tony Blair's government in the British House of Commons, during the so called "West Wing Plot".[32] The plan was allegedly hatched after a Conservative MP watched the episode "A Good Day". January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI in Roman) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service. ... The House of Commons is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and is now the dominant branch of Parliament. ... The Conservative Party is the largest political party on the right-of-centre in the United Kingdom. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... List of episodes of the television series The West Wing, with plot synopses. ...


The Left Wing

The West Wing is sometimes called by detractors The Left Wing because of its portrayal of the ideal liberal administration. Some view the show as a revisionist look at the Clinton presidency: an attempt to solidify the Clinton legacy and to make America forget the Whitewater and Lewinsky scandals. [8] On the other hand, many Republicans have admired the show since its inception, regardless of the departure of Sorkin and the show's resulting shift toward the center.[9] In his 2001 article "Real Liberals versus the West Wing", Mackubin Owens pointed out, The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view. ... American liberalism (also called modern liberalism) is a political current that claims descent from classical liberalism in terms of devotion to individual liberty, but rejects the laissez faire economics of classical liberalism in favor of institutions that promote social and economic equity. ... Revisionism is a word which has several meanings. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Time Magazines special report. ...

"Although his administration is reliably liberal, President Bartlet possesses virtues even a conservative could admire. He obeys the Constitution and the law. He is devoted to his wife and daughter. Being unfaithful to his wife would never cross his mind. He is no wimp when it comes to foreign policy—no quid pro quo for him."[10] Quid pro quo (Latin for this for that, many times understood by English speakers as what for what or something for something or even at times one thing for another) is used to mean, in the English speaking world, a favor for a favor (in other linguistic contexts, such as...

Some praise the show for helping to bridge the gap between the left and the right in America. By showing Democratic views on issues and the debate surrounding them, the series has provided many Republicans with a useful insight to the views of the left.[6] In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply The Right, are terms that refer to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of conservatism, classical liberalism, the religious right, authoritarian nationalism; or often simply the opposite of left-wing politics. ...


Film criticism

Josh Lyman and Sam Seaborn converse in the hallway in one of The West Wing's noted tracking shots.
Josh Lyman and Sam Seaborn converse in the hallway in one of The West Wing's noted tracking shots.

In its first season, The West Wing attracted critical attention in the film community with a record nine Emmy wins. The show has been praised for its high production values and continuously recognized for its cinematic achievements. [18] With a budget of $6 million per episode, many consider each week's show to be a small feature film. [26] However, many in the film community believe that the true genius of the show was Sorkin's rapid-fire and witty scripts. [19] Image File history File links Westwing_trackingshot. ... Image File history File links Westwing_trackingshot. ... Joshua Josh Lyman, campaign manager for Matt Santos for President and former Deputy White House Chief of Staff, is a fictional character played by Bradley Whitford on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Samuel Norman Sam Seaborn, Deputy White House Communications Director, is a fictional character played by Rob Lowe on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... An Emmy Award. ... Cinematography literally means writing in the movement, from the French word cinéma, shortened from cinématographe, the term was coined in the 1890s by the Lumiere brothers, who invented the trade. ...


The West Wing is noted for its steadicam tracking shots, long sequences showing staff members walking down hallways. In a typical tracking shot, the camera follows two characters down the halls as they converse, known by many fans as pedeconferencing [30]. One of these characters generally breaks off and the remaining character is joined by another character who initiates another conversation as they continue walking. These long shots allow the show to make long eloquent statements through many characters, despite the scripts's fractured dialogue. [22] To film this recreated Victorian London street scene, the cameraman next to the lamp post is using a steadicam and wearing the harness required to support it. ...


While some critics often praise The West Wing for its writing, others fault the show for its unrealistic optimism in the face of all odds. [20] A large part of this criticism rises from the perceived naiveté of the characters. Television critic Heather Havrilesky asks "...how do you go from innocent millipede to White House staffer without becoming soiled or disillusioned by the dirty realities of politics along the way?" [21] However, many fans believe that the show's scripts have changed since Sorkin left the show in 2003. [4] This page is about the creature known as the millipede. ...


Awards

In its first season, The West Wing garnered nine Emmys, a record for most won by a series in a single season. In addition the series has received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003, tying Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law for most won in this category. Nineteen individual Emmys have been awarded to writers, actors, and crew members. The West Wing currently ranks 8th all-time in number of Emmy Awards won by a series. W.G. "Snuffy" Walden received an Emmy Award for Main Title Design in 2000 for "The West Wing Opening Theme". Additionally, the show has won two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, in 2000 and 2001. Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. ... The L.A. Law opening title featured a personalized license plate mounted on a Jaguar. ... W.G. Snuffy Walden is an accomplished composer for television shows, having scored Ellen, Roseanne, My So-Called Life, Sports Night, and The West Wing. ... The Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design is an award for the best main title sequence of a television program. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Movie award winners Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Benicio Del Toro, Traffic Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich Outstanding Performance by a Female... Movie award winners Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Halle Berry, Monsters Ball Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Ian McKellen, The Lord of the Rings...


The following table summarizes award wins by cast members.

Actor Awards won
Stockard Channing Emmy, Best Supporting Actress (2002)
Allison Janney Emmy, Best Supporting Actress (2000, 2001)
Emmy, Best Actress (2002, 2004)
SAG Award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2000, 2001)
Richard Schiff Emmy, Best Supporting Actor (2000)
Martin Sheen Golden Globe, Best Actor in a Dramatic Television Series (2001)
SAG Award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2000, 2001)
John Spencer Emmy, Best Supporting Actor (2002)
Bradley Whitford Emmy, Best Supporting Actor (2001)

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Exploration of real world issues

In the White House Situation Room, Leo McGarry waits for President Barlet's decision on a controversial bombing campaign.
In the White House Situation Room, Leo McGarry waits for President Barlet's decision on a controversial bombing campaign.

The West Wing often features extensive discussion of current or recent political issues. After the real-world election of Republican President George W. Bush in 2000, many wondered whether the liberal show could retain its relevance and topicality. However, by exploring many of the same issues facing the Bush administration from a Democratic point of view, the show continued to appeal to a broad audience of both Democrats and Republicans. Image File history File links Westwing_situation_room. ... Image File history File links Westwing_situation_room. ... White House Situation Room in March 2003. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


The show gained notoriety in its second season when President Bartlet admonished fictional radio host Dr. Jenna Jacobs for her views regarding homosexuality at a private gathering at the White House. Dr. Jacobs is a caricature of radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who strongly disapproves of homosexuality. Many of the president's biblical references in his comments to Dr. Jacobs, which can be heard here, are thought to have come from a letter circulated online in early May 2000.[11] Since the first coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Dr. Laura Schlessinger Laura Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American cultural and moral commentator, most known as host of the very popular Dr. Laura radio therapy call-in show. ... The Bible (Hebrew תנ״ך [tanakh], Greek η Βίβλος [hē biblos] ) (sometimes The Holy Bible, The Book, Good Book, Word of God, The Word, or Scripture), from Greek (τα) βίβλια, (ta) biblia, (the) books, is the classical name for the Hebrew Bible of Judaism or the combination of the Old Testament and New Testament of Christianity...


The Bartlet administration experienced a scandal during the second and third seasons that has been compared to the Monica Lewinsky affair.[12] President Bartlet was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1992. The scandal centered around President Bartlet's nondisclosure of his illness to the electorate during the election. He is investigated by an opposition Congress for defrauding the public and eventually accepted a Congressional censure. Multiple sclerosis advocacy groups have praised the show for its accurate portrayal of the symptoms of MS and stressing that it is not fatal. The National MS Society commented: Monica Lewinsky as she appeared on the cover of her book, Monicas Story. Monica Lewinsky receives a hug from U.S. President Bill Clinton during a fundraising event in Washington, DC, October, 1996 Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman who was thrust into the... Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Censure is a process by which a formal reprimand is issued to an individual by an authoritative body. ...

"For the first time on national television or even in film, the public encountered a lead character with both an MS diagnosis and the hope for a continued productive life. Because [The] West Wing is a fictional drama and not a medical documentary, writers could have greatly distorted MS facts to further their story line [but did not]."[13]

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the start of the third season was postponed for a week, as were most American television premieres that year. A script for a special episode was quickly written and began filming on September 21. The episode "Isaac and Ishmael" aired on October 3 and addressed the sobering reality of terrorism in America and the wider world, albeit with no specific reference to September 11. While "Isaac and Ishmael" received mixed critical reviews, it illustrated the show's flexibility in addressing current events. The episode is not part of The West Wing continuity. The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


In the sixth and seventh seasons, The West Wing explores a leak of top-secret information by a senior staffer at the White House. This leak has been compared to the events surrounding the Valerie Plame affair.[14][15] In the storyline, The International Space Station is damaged and can no longer produce oxygen for the astronauts to breathe. With other methods of rescue unavailable, the president is reminded of the existence of a top-secret military space shuttle. Following the president's inaction, the shuttle story is leaked to a White House reporter, Greg Brock (analogous to Judith Miller), who prints the story in the New York Times. Brock will not reveal his source and goes to jail for failing to do so, as did Miller. In order to stop the investigation, in which authorities suspected Chief of Staff C.J. Cregg, Toby Ziegler admits to leaking the information, and the President is forced to dismiss him. In comparison, the Plame affair is still under investigation, but charges have been brought against Lewis Libby, the vice president's chief of staff, who has since resigned. The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... ISS Statistics Crew: 2 As of August 21, 2005 Perigee: 352. ... General Name, Symbol, Number oxygen, O, 8 Chemical series Chalcogens Group, Period, Block 16, 2, p Appearance colorless Atomic mass 15. ... U.S. Space Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit (MMU) outside the Challenger in 1984. ... Judith Miller is the name of several people, including: an American journalist a French philosopher This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... --66. ...


Other issues explored in The West Wing include:

North Korea, officially the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK; Korean: Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk; Hangul: 조선민주주의인민공화국; Hanja: 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國), is a country in eastern Asia, covering the northern half of the peninsula of Korea. ... Brinkmanship is the practice, especially in international politics, of seeking advantage by creating the impression that one is willing and able to push a highly dangerous situation to the limit rather than to concede, e. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... The Minuteman Project is an initiative begun in April 2005, by a group of private citizens to monitor the United States–Mexico border to identify the entry of illegal immigrants. ... Genocide is defined by the JERRFGGHH and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide]] (CPPCG) article 2 as any of the following acts part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting... The country of Sudan The Darfur conflict is an ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, mainly between the Janjaweed, a government-supported militia recruited from local Arab tribes, and the non-Arab peoples of the region. ...

The West Wing universe

In an unprecedented plot twist, Speaker of the House Glen Allen Walken temporarily became Acting President.
In an unprecedented plot twist, Speaker of the House Glen Allen Walken temporarily became Acting President.

Sorkin, the show's creator, has noted in a DVD commentary track for the second season episode "18th and Potomac" that he has tried to avoid tying The West Wing to a specific period of time. Despite this, real years are occasionally mentioned, usually in the context of elections and President Bartlet's two-term administration. Image File history File links Westwing_actingpresident. ... Image File history File links Westwing_actingpresident. ... The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ... Glen Allen Walken (sometimes spelled Glenallen or Glen Alan Walken) is a fictional Republican politician from Missouri, played by John Goodman. ... Acting President of the United States is a temporary office in the government of the United States, established under the auspices of the Constitution of the United States, particularly its 25th Amendment (ratified in 1967). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Characters on The West Wing. ... It has been suggested that Dual layer recording be merged into this article or section. ... A major selling point of DVD video is that its storage capacity allows for a wide variety of extra features in addition to the feature film itself. ...


The September 11th attacks did not occur in The West Wing, but the country has entered into a variation of the War on Terrorism. The war began in the show's third season, when a plot to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge was uncovered; in response, the President ordered the assassination of terrorist leader Abdul Shareef. At the end of the fourth season, the conflict escalated when Muslim extremists kidnapped Zoey Bartlet (Elisabeth Moss), the president's youngest daughter. The result of this kidnapping was the bombing of Qumar, a terror-supporting Muslim country. This bombing was similar to the real-world U.S. invasion of Afghanistan as it brought the Middle East to the forefront of U.S. foreign relations and elevated terrorism as a serious threat in The West Wing universe. The War on Terrorism or War on Terror (in U.S. foreign policy circles, the global war on terrorism or GWOT ) is a controversial campaign by the United States government and some of its allies with the stated goal of ending worldwide terrorism by stopping terrorist groups and ending state... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Bartlet in The West Wing episode Commencement (2003). ... American actress, Elisabeth Moss, in her role as Zoey Bartlet on The West Wing. ... Qumar is a fictional Middle Eastern country in the television show The West Wing. ... Combatants al-Qaida, Taliban Northern Alliance, United States, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Canada, Italy Commanders Mohammed Omar Osama bin Laden Tommy Franks Mohammed Fahim Strength Casualties The United States invasion of Afghanistan occurred in October 2001, in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on...


Other recent historical events from the real world that are mentioned in The West Wing include the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983, the Gulf War, U.S. military operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the 1998 Irish Good Friday Agreement. Combatants U.S.-led coalition Iraq Commanders General Norman Schwarzkopf, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell Saddam Hussein Strength 660,000 600,000+ Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 - 100,000 dead, 100,000 - 300,000 wounded {{{notes}}} The 1991 Gulf War was a conflict... The armed forces (or armed services) of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Marine Corps United States Navy United States Air Force United States Coast Guard Approximately 1. ... The Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement and, more rarely, as the Stormont Agreement) was signed in Belfast on April 10, 1998 by the British and Irish Governments and endorsed by most Northern Ireland political parties. ...


Domestic

Politicians, cabinet members, and Supreme Court justices are necessary to create a believable political drama. President Bartlet has made three appointments to the fictional Supreme Court and maintains a full cabinet, although the names and terms of all members have not been revealed. Some cabinet members, such as the Secretary of Defense, appear more often than others. The full presidential line of succession for the Bartlet administration, including all cabinet members, is also available. The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, concerned with the armed services and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... The Presidential line of succession for the Bartlet administration is a list of those in the Presidential line of succession on the fictional serial drama, The West Wing. ...


Foreign

Several real-world leaders exist in the show's universe, but most foreign countries are given fictional rulers. Some persons from the real world mentioned in The West Wing include Muammar al-Qaddafi, Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, Queen Elizabeth II, and Osama bin Laden. However, when a peace accord was worked out between Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the start of the show's sixth season, the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority was Nizar Farad, not Arafat. Colonel Gaddafi Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qaddafi 1 — pronounced Gaddafi — (Arabic: معمر القذافي Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhāfī) (born circa 1942 near Sirte, Libya), has been the leader of Libya since 1969. ... Arafat redirects here; for the hill east of Mecca, see Mount Arafat Yasser Arafat (Arabic: ياسر عرفات‎) (August 4 or August 24, 1929 – November 11, 2004), born Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini (محمد عبد الرؤوف القدوة الحسيني) and also known by the kunya Abu `Ammar (أبو عمّار), was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (1969... Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (pron. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), born 21 April 1926, is Queen of sixteen independent nations known as the Commonwealth Realms. ... Osama bin Laden in a photo from the 1990s Usāmah bin Muhammad bin `Awad bin Lādin (Arabic: ) (born March 10, 1957), commonly known as Osama bin Laden, or Usama bin Laden, (Arabic: ) is an Islamic fundamentalist and the founder of the militant terrorist organization al-Qaeda. ... The West Bank The Palestinian National Authority (PNA or PA) is a semi-autonomous state institution nominally governing the bulk of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (which it calls the Palestinian Territories). It was established as a part of Oslo accords between the PLO and Israel. ... The President of the Palestinian National Authority is the highest-ranking political position (equivalent to head of state) in the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). ...


Entire countries are invented as composite pictures that epitomize many of the problems that plague real nations in certain areas of the world. Qumar, a terrorist-sponsoring Middle Eastern state is repeatedly a source of trouble for the Bartlet administration. According to maps on the show, Qumar appears to consist of a small part of southern Iran, including the important Strait of Hormuz. Elsewhere, Equatorial Kundu is an African nation blighted by AIDS and a civil war resembling the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Qumar is a fictional Middle Eastern country in the television show The West Wing. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... -1... The Republic of Equatorial Kuhndu is a fictional African country from the television series The West Wing, possibly based on the real-life nation of Rwanda. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. ... Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (or acronym AIDS or Aids), is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... The skulls of victims show gashes and signs of violence The Rwandan Genocide was the slaughter of an estimated 937,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, mostly carried out by two extremist Hutu militia groups, the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi, during a period of 100 days in 1994. ...


Presidential elections

Timeline skew

Main article: Timeline skew theories for The West Wing
Leo McGarry (left) asks Josh Lyman to consider joining then New Hampshire Governor Bartlet's 1998 presidential campaign
Leo McGarry (left) asks Josh Lyman to consider joining then New Hampshire Governor Bartlet's 1998 presidential campaign

The passage of time on the show relative to that of the real world has always been somewhat ambiguous. The show's presidential elections have been held in 2002 and 2006. In real life, U.S. presidential elections are held in years divisible by four, that is, 1996, 2000, and 2004. Although, at one point, the timeline in The West Wing matched up with that of the real world, it appears that in the middle of the fifth season a year was lost. For example, the filing deadline for the New Hampshire primary, which would normally fall in January 2006, appeared in an episode airing in January 2005. The West Wing Title Screen In the American serial drama, The West Wing, the timeline of the show differs from that of the real world, leading to many timeline skew theories for The West Wing. ... Image File history File links Westwing_recruit_josh. ... Image File history File links Westwing_recruit_josh. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the... Joshua Josh Lyman, campaign manager for Matt Santos for President and former Deputy White House Chief of Staff, is a fictional character played by Bradley Whitford on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... See also New Hampshire Province of New Hampshire List of Colonial Governors of New Hampshire I am a doodlebug Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of New Hampshire ... Martin Sheen as President Josiah Jed Bartlet. ... United States presidential elections determine who serves as President and Vice President of the United States for four-year terms, starting on Inauguration Day (January 20th of the year after the election). ... The New Hampshire primary is the opening gun of the quadrennial U.S. presidential election. ...


In interviews John Wells stated that the series began one and a half years into Bartlet's first term and that the election to replace Bartlet was being held at the correct time.[16] There is evidence against this claim, which is discussed further in the main article. The West Wing Title Screen In the American serial drama, The West Wing, the timeline of the show differs from that of the real world, leading to many timeline skew theories for The West Wing. ...


1998 presidential election

Bartlet's first campaign for president has never been significantly explained in the series. Bartlet won the election with 48% of the popular vote, 48 million votes, and a 303–235 margin in the Electoral College. Bartlet faced three debates with his Republican opponent. It is mentioned that Bartlet won the third and final debate and that this helped swing a close election in his favour. An electoral college is a set of electors who are empowered as a deliberative body to elect someone to a particular office. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ...



The campaign for the Democratic nomination was extensively addressed. In the episodes "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" and "Bartlet for America", flashbacks are used to tell how Bartlet defeated Texas Senator John Hoynes (Tim Matheson) and Washington Senator William Wiley for the Democratic nomination. The flashbacks also revealed how Leo McGarry convinced Bartlet, who was then governor of New Hampshire, to run for president and how he ultimately selected John Hoynes as his choice as running mate. John Hoynes, former Vice President of the United States, is a fictional character played by Tim Matheson on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Tim Matheson, an American actor, was born Tim Matthieson on December 31, 1947, in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. ... This article deals with the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 46th 24,239 km² 110 km 305 km 3. ...


2002 presidential election

C.J. Cregg participates in a Rock the Vote rally during the 2002 campaign.
C.J. Cregg participates in a Rock the Vote rally during the 2002 campaign.
Main article: U.S. presidential election, 2002 (The West Wing)

The West Wing's 2002 presidential election pitted Bartlet and Vice President John Hoynes against Florida Governor Robert Ritchie (James Brolin) and his running mate, Jeff Heston. Bartlet was unopposed for renomination, while Ritchie, not originally expected to contend for the nomination, emerged from a field of seven other Republican candidates by appealing to the party's conservative base with simple, homey sound bites. Image File history File links Westwing_rockthevote. ... Image File history File links Westwing_rockthevote. ... Claudia Jean C.J. Cregg, White House Chief of Staff (formerly Press Secretary) to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, is a fictional character, played by Allison Janney on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Founded in 1990, Rock the Vote is a non-profit,organization which encourages young Americans to vote. ... The West Wing title screen The 2002 United States Presidential Election was a fictional event that took place on the television program The West Wing in the 2002 season, the programs fourth season. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Brolin James Brolin (born July 18, 1940) is an American television, film, character actor and director whos best known for his starring roles as Dr. Steven Kiley on Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1976), as Peter McDermott on Hotel (1983-1988), and as Lt. ...


Bartlet's staff contemplated replacing Vice President John Hoynes on the ticket with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Percy Fitzwallace (John Amos), among others. After it was clear that Ritchie would be the Republican nominee, Bartlet dismissed the idea, declaring that he wanted Hoynes in the number two spot, "Because I could die." The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is by law the highest ranking military officer of the United States military, and the principal military advisor to the President of the United States. ... Admiral is a word from the Arabic term Amir-al-bahr (commander of the sea). ... John Amos as The West Wings Percy Fitzwallace John Amos (born December 27, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) is an American actor, perhaps best known for playing the character James Evans, Sr. ...


Throughout the season it was anticipated that the race would be close, but a stellar performance by Bartlet in the sole debate between the candidates gave Bartlet a landslide victory in both the popular and electoral vote.


2006 presidential election

Main article: U.S. presidential election, 2006 (The West Wing)

A speed-up in The West Wing's timeline, in part due to the expiration of many cast members' contracts and a desire to continue the program with lower production costs, has resulted in the omission of the 2004 midterm elections and an election during the seventh season. The sixth season extensively detailed the Democratic and Republican primaries. The seventh season covers the lead-up to the general election, the election, and presumably the transition to a new administration. The timeline will slow down to concentrate on the general election race. The election, normally held in November, will take place in an episode airing in April 2006. The West Wing title screen The U.S. presidential election of 2006 is a fictional event portrayed on the American television show The West Wing. ... Image File history File links John Spencer as Leo McGarry and Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos on NBCs The West Wing. ... Image File history File links John Spencer as Leo McGarry and Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos on NBCs The West Wing. ... Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos Matthew Vincente Santos is a fictional Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Houston, Texas, played by Jimmy Smits. ... John Spencer as Leo McGarry Leo Thomas McGarry, former United States Secretary of Labor, former White House Chief of Staff, Senior Counselor to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2006 election, is a fictional character played by the late actor John Spencer on the... Featured at the Democratic National Convention are speeches by prominent party figures. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Congressman Matt Santos (D-TX) was nominated on the fourth ballot at the Democratic National Convention, staged as the sixth season finale. Santos was planning to leave Congress before being recruited to run for the presidency by Josh Lyman. Santos polled in the low single digits in the Iowa caucus and was virtually out of the running in the New Hampshire primary before a last-ditch direct television appeal vaulted him to a third-place finish with 19% of the vote. Following allusions during the Bartlet administration, Josh Lyman, Santos's campaign manager, convinced Leo McGarry to become Santos's running mate. However, John Spencer, the actor portraying Leo McGarry, died on December 16, 2005. Jimmy Smits as Matt Santos Matthew Vincente Santos is a fictional Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Houston, Texas, played by Jimmy Smits. ... Official language(s) None. ... Featured at the Democratic National Convention are speeches by prominent party figures. ... Congress in Joint Session. ... Since 1976, the Iowa caucus has been the first indication of which candidate for President of the United States would win the nomination of his or her political party at that partys national convention. ... The New Hampshire primary is the opening gun of the quadrennial U.S. presidential election. ...


Senator Arnold Vinick (R-CA) secured the Republican nomination, defeating Glen Allen Walken (John Goodman) and Reverend Don Butler (Don S. Davis), among others. Initially, Vinick wanted Butler to become his running mate. However, Butler did not want to be considered, citing the differences in their abortion rights views. Instead, West Virginia Governor Ray Sullivan (Brett Cullen) was chosen as Vinick's running mate. Vinick was portrayed throughout the sixth season as virtually unbeatable because of his popularity in California, a typically Democratic state, his moderate views, and his wide crossover appeal. However, Vinick, a pro-choice candidate, has faced difficulty with the pro-life members of his party, and criticism for his support of nuclear power. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ... Glen Allen Walken (sometimes spelled Glenallen or Glen Alan Walken) is a fictional Republican politician from Missouri, played by John Goodman. ... John Goodman John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952 in Affton, Missouri) is an American actor. ... The Reverend is an honorary prefix added to the names of Christian clergy and ministers. ... The Reverend Don Butler is a fictional conservative televangelist from Virginia, played by Don S. Davis. ... Don Sinclair Davis (born August 4, 1942) in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, is an American actor. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 41st 62,809 km² 210 km 385 km 0. ... Ray Sullivan is a fictional Republican governor of West Virginia, played by Brett Cullen. ... Brett Cullen was born August 26, 1956 in Houston, Texas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ... Pro-choice is a common self-description used by people who believe that women should have the legal right to have an abortion, or that one should be able to choose on issues relating to the life or death of themselves or any part of their body. ... Pro-Life advocates make a silent complaint in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Pro-life is a term used in English-speaking countries to refer to opposition to various bioethics issues such as euthanasia, human cloning and embryonic human stem-cell research, but most commonly (especially...

See also

List of broadcasters and home video releases of The West Wing. ... Big Block of Cheese Day is a fictional workday on the television program The West Wing. ... Commander in Chief is a television drama focusing on the presidential administration and family of Mackenzie Allen (portrayed by Geena Davis), the first female President of the United States, who ascends to the role after the previous chief executive, Teddy Bridges (played by Will Lyman), dies in office from a... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... This article is about the fictional American television series. ... Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is a new dramatic television program coming to NBC in the fall of 2006. ... Thomas Schlamme (born May 22, 1950) is one of the leading directors of television. ... Yes, Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister are British sitcoms that were transmitted by the BBC between 1980 and 1988. ... The United Kingdom is a unitary state and a democratic constitutional monarchy. ...

References

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  2. ^  "Lowe confirms West Wing exit." BBC News. 25 July 2002.
  3. ^  Overlaps between West Wing & Other Sorkin Writings. West Wing Continuity Guide.
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