History Trivia / TheWestWing

4th Aug '17 5:24:34 AM haloinsider
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** There was an option for Ainsley Hayes to make further appearances in the fourth season. However, Emily Procter was eventually offered the chance to be a series regular on ''Series/CSIMiami'', and therefore Ainsley did not appear again until late into the final season.
25th May '17 5:37:17 PM bombadil211
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/RichardSchiff hated his storyline in Season 7, and has never done another major TV role, not wanting to risk again spending years crafting a character only to be forced by the writing to betray him.

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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/RichardSchiff hated his storyline in Season 7, and has never done another major it was many years before he started appearing in TV role, roles again, not wanting to risk again spending years crafting a character only to be forced by the writing to betray him.
24th May '17 5:38:06 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Vice President John Hoynes almost seems like a canny {{Expy}} of real-life senator and vice-presidential candidate John Edwards... except most of the things that create the similarity to Edwards happened after the show aired. Both men were forced to endure a failed Presidential campaign and a career-destroying sex scandal hinging around infidelity.
7th Mar '17 3:41:00 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Another example would be Matthew Perry's casting as a White House counsel (although he predictably fit in rather well). Christian Slater, on the other hand....

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** Another example would be Matthew Perry's Creator/MatthewPerry's casting as a White House counsel (although he predictably fit in rather well). Christian Slater, Creator/ChristianSlater, on the other hand....
7th Mar '17 3:40:02 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Hoynes' line about his alcoholism - "I liked beer a little bit too much in college." - may reference actor Tim Matheson's previous role as a drunken lout in the classic movie ''Film/AnimalHouse.''

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** Hoynes' line about his alcoholism - "I liked beer a little bit too much in college." - may reference actor Tim Matheson's Creator/TimMatheson's previous role as a drunken lout in the classic movie ''Film/AnimalHouse.''



** To Malina's character Jeremy from Sorkin's SportsNight:

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** To Malina's character Jeremy from Sorkin's SportsNight:''Series/SportsNight'':



** Which is exactly what he did on an episode of SportsNight a few years prior:

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** Which is exactly what he did on an episode of SportsNight ''Series/SportsNight'' a few years prior:



* ButIPlayOneOnTV: After the first season, people around Hollywood started treating Martin Sheen like he was the President for real.

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* ButIPlayOneOnTV: After the first season, people around Hollywood started treating Martin Sheen Creator/MartinSheen like he was the President for real.



* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: John Spencer's death from a heart attack was written into the show. Several episodes where he was still alive aired after Martin Sheen's tribute to him before one episode, and the in-universe death occurs on "Election Night".
* CreatorBacklash: Richard Schiff hated his storyline in Season 7, and has never done another major TV role, not wanting to risk again spending years crafting a character only to be forced by the writing to betray him.

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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: John Spencer's Creator/JohnSpencer's death from a heart attack was written into the show. Several episodes where he was still alive aired after Martin Sheen's tribute to him before one episode, and the in-universe death occurs on "Election Night".
* CreatorBacklash: Richard Schiff Creator/RichardSchiff hated his storyline in Season 7, and has never done another major TV role, not wanting to risk again spending years crafting a character only to be forced by the writing to betray him.



** Connie Britton as Connie Tate during the re-election cycle.
** Oliver Platt as Oliver Babish.

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** Connie Britton Creator/ConnieBritton as Connie Tate during the re-election cycle.
** Oliver Platt Creator/OliverPlatt as Oliver Babish.



** In 2006, the British parliament enacted the stunt depicted in "A Good Day" (2005), an event now known in Parliamentary history as "The ''West Wing'' Plot".
* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: Marlee Matlin (Joey Lucas) is deaf in real life.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Sorkin wanted to get Josh and Donna together. He kept being told "Wait another season!" The chemistry was apparent from the pilot and didn't get fulfilled until the last season.

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** In 2006, the British parliament enacted the stunt depicted in "A "[[{{Recap/TheWestWingS06E17AGoodDay}} A Good Day" Day]]" (2005), an event now known in Parliamentary history as "The ''West Wing'' Plot".
* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: Marlee Matlin Creator/MarleeMatlin (Joey Lucas) is deaf in real life.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Sorkin Creator/AaronSorkin wanted to get Josh and Donna together. He kept being told "Wait another season!" The chemistry was apparent from the pilot and didn't get fulfilled until the last season.



** In "Welcome to Wherever You Are", there's a brief scene where we overhear a Vinick ad using the slogan "Yes, America Can", which the Santos campaign complains was actually their slogan. Obama's slogan, of course, ended up being "Yes We Can".

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** In "Welcome to "[[{{Recap/TheWestWingS07E15WelcomeToWhereverYouAre}} Welcome To Wherever You Are", Are]]", there's a brief scene where we overhear a Vinick ad using the slogan "Yes, America Can", which the Santos campaign complains was actually their slogan. Obama's slogan, of course, ended up being "Yes We Can".



* RealLifeRelative: Creator/MartinSheen's son Emilio Estevez played the younger Bartlett in "[[{{Recap/TheWestWingS04E23TwentyFive}} Twenty-Five]]".



** KristinChenoweth (Annabeth Schott) was originally approached to play Ainsley Hayes but could not commit to a television series due to ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
** Sidney Poitier was considered for the role of The President. Alan Alda and Jason Robards were also possibilities.

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** KristinChenoweth Creator/KristinChenoweth (Annabeth Schott) was originally approached to play Ainsley Hayes but could not commit to a television series due to ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
** Sidney Poitier Creator/SidneyPoitier was considered for the role of The President. Alan Alda Creator/AlanAlda and Jason Robards were also possibilities.



** According to Liza Weil on the "West Wing Weekly" podcast, there was some talk of making the Karen Larsen character a recurring presence following "Take Out the Trash Day", but it ultimately didn't come to fruition.

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** According to Liza Weil on the "West Wing Weekly" podcast, there was some talk of making the Karen Larsen character a recurring presence following "Take Out the Trash Day", but it ultimately didn't come to fruition.fruition.
** When Creator/RobLowe announced he would be leaving the show in the fourth season, among the names considered to replace him were Creator/DermotMulroney, Creator/JuddNelson, Macaulay Culkin and Jon Cryer.
12th Aug '16 9:41:15 PM nombretomado
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** Hoynes' line about his alcoholism - "I liked beer a little bit too much in college." - may reference actor Tim Matheson's previous role as a drunken lout in the classic movie ''AnimalHouse.''

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** Hoynes' line about his alcoholism - "I liked beer a little bit too much in college." - may reference actor Tim Matheson's previous role as a drunken lout in the classic movie ''AnimalHouse.''Film/AnimalHouse.''
28th Jul '16 3:03:58 PM haloinsider
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* RetroactiveRecognition: {{Juno}} and [[TheHelp Skeeter Phelan's]] mom was the White House press secretary (after work as [[Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's]] [[OneSceneWonder high school guidance counselor]]), and [[Series/{{Psych}} Gus]] used to be the President's personal aide.
** [[Series/CSIMiami Calleigh Dusquesne]] was a BlondeRepublicanSexKitten before joining up with Horatio and co.
** [[Series/{{House}} Dr. Lisa Cuddy]] is a call girl! (Though, I'm pretty sure House already made that joke).
*** Her friend Jeanine from law school is [[Series/TwentyFour Michelle Dessler]].
** Congressman David Wallace argued against gays in the military before [[Series/TheOfficeUS becoming CFO of Dunder-Mifflin]].
** [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Ron Swanson]] as a wildlife campaigner. Who'd have thought...
** [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Admiral Adama]] as a judge!
*** And [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Forrest]] arrested him due to racial profiling. ''Awkward...''
** Sometime between retiring as Chief of Police of New York City and raising a four generation cop family, [[Series/BlueBloods Henry Reagan]] ran a drug company trying to work out a deal with AIDS-stricken African nations.
** [[Series/{{NCIS}} Leroy Jethro Gibbs]] as secret service protection for the Press Secretary.
** Before he worked for SHIELD, [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Agent Coulson]] was Special Agent Michael Casper of the FBI.
** MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell was Bartlet's dad, who (in the words of Mrs Landingham) was "a prick who could never get over the fact that he wasn't as smart as his brothers".
** [[Series/TheWire Cedric Daniels]] plays a DC cop in "In Excelcis Deo."
** [[Series/{{Community}} Danny Pudi]] has a single line in season 7, his earliest known acting credit.
** Who can forget [[Series/MadMen Peggy Olson]] being the President's youngest daughter?
** Before [[Series/TheNewsroom Jim Harper]] was an EP, he volunteered for Bartlet in Indiana.
** Evidently [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Mayor of Sunnydale]] briefly maneuvered his way into being the Secretary of Agriculture for a while.
28th Jul '16 3:01:42 PM haloinsider
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** Sorkin intended Zoe's kidnappers to be domestic terrorists, which was why Nancy [=McNally=] said that it was probably a cheap-shot operation in the episode when it happened, and there were [[{{Foreshadowing}} many incidents with domestic terrorists throughout the season]]. The new showrunners went with generic Muslim terrorists who were mad about Sharif.

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** Sorkin intended Zoe's kidnappers to be domestic terrorists, which was why Nancy [=McNally=] said that it was probably a cheap-shot operation in the episode when it happened, and there were [[{{Foreshadowing}} many incidents with domestic terrorists throughout the season]]. The new showrunners went with generic Muslim terrorists who were mad about Sharif.Sharif.
** According to Liza Weil on the "West Wing Weekly" podcast, there was some talk of making the Karen Larsen character a recurring presence following "Take Out the Trash Day", but it ultimately didn't come to fruition.
15th Jul '16 5:41:47 AM Pren
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* CreatorBacklash: Richard Schiff hated his storyline in Season 7, and has never done another major TV role, not wanting to risk again spending years crafting a character only to be forced by the writing to betray him.
10th Jul '16 12:41:15 PM OmarKarindu
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** Evidently [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Mayor of Sunnydale]] briefly maneuvered his way into being the Secretary of Agriculture in Season 1.

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** Evidently [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Mayor of Sunnydale]] briefly maneuvered his way into being the Secretary of Agriculture in Season 1.for a while.
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