How do I set up the rules with viewers that from time to time, this is going to happen and you shouldn't be upset by it?
"I just want to be able to write the moment when someone walks up to Martin Sheen and says, 'Sir, all three networks and CNN are calling and projecting you the winner.' Just to see what happens to his face when he realizes he's the President." - Peggy Noonan, a journalist and former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, and Marlin Fitzwater, ex-press secretary to both Reagan and President George Bush, will join a team of backstage political consultants that already includes ex-Clinton spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers.
Even Republicans consider The West Wing a guilty pleasure.
"I was prepared not to like it because it was about my sacred White House," says Fitzwater. It very accurately portrays so many elements of presidential life - the frantic urgency about issues and decisions." Fitzwater acknowledges that the show has detractors in the GOP.
"Aaron had started playing with the idea of an assassination attempt months before," said Mr. or that weren't going to care." Quite the opposite.
Spencer, referring to "West Wing" guiding light Aaron Sorkin. and I think that the Republicans, who started the George Bush juggernaut, thought that we weren't going to notice . "If you've got to run for president, at the very least, you've got to be able to speak in complete sentences." - Sheen, who's a social sort, was a bit loose of lip after the Television Critics Association's Awards in July, at least until John Spencer came over and went all Leo Mc Garry on him, pulling Sheen back before he ventured too far onto the grassy knoll.
Instead Bartlet fires all his other advisers, who have counseled him to fudge the issue. Yet by doing it we get to do this incredible two-parter which is the finest piece of writing I've ever read, ...
The Bartlet Administration is in chaos---an assassination attempt has left the White House (not to mention the country) reeling. Elsewhere, the press department is hounded by the media for details of the shooting while a military crisis looms in Iraq.
Meanwhile, as a manhunt continues, the wounded drift in and out of surgery recalling how Bartlet's team came together during the dark months of his longshot primary campaign.
"When I spoke to Marlin Fitzwater on the phone about hiring him, his one question was: 'I don't need to be, like, the right-wing guy, do I? Camera crews and actors will be in the city to film exterior shots of the GW Hospital on September 16th. 4) are a two-parter on the ramifications of the shooting ...
' And I said, 'Be whatever you want,' " Sorkin told TV critics at a session on the Warner Bros. "Peggy," he added, "had no such problem." When Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing, visited the Oval Office, he ended up getting a mini-tour of the White House from National Security Adviser Sandy Berger. Interior scenes are filmed at Warner Brothers studio in California. that's all I can tell you." - The biggest thing that goes on here is all the people who feel slighted. They're lobbying hard, and every time these guys come through here -- and they come through occasionally -- they grab them, and yell at them about, "Why don't you have more national security people? Sandy would be one who'd have to plead guilty to that. He tries to appease us and goes on to say that he promises that we'll find out who gets shot within the first 90 seconds of the show (plugs "A week from Wednesday!