Missing Your White House Connections Head to the West Wing

west wing cast Hey gladiators! It has been a while since we visited the White House and there is still at least two weeks until the 27th.  But since I was missing my Oval Office connection, I decided to check out an oldie but a goodie on Netflix.  Aaron Sorkin is the master of intelligent television with brilliant satires like “The Newsroom” and “Studio 60 0n the Sunset Strip” . Sorkin’s tribute to politics was “The West Wing” It plays out to be a more nuts and bolts approach to politics compared to Shonda’s romanticized version. Sorkin’s White House staff seems to be more like a family than the backstabbing gang on “Scandal”. Sorkin used a lot of political jargon in his scripts and took viewers on a whirlwind tour of a presidential campaign. If you want to learn about politics, check out the last two seasons where two television heavy weights , Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda play Presidential candidates Matthew Santos and Arnold Vinick. They will amaze you in their no holds bar debate in “The Debate” An acting tour de force indeed.

Martin Sheen plays the gentle, but human POTUS “Jed Bartlet He is a President who is brilliant , but crippled by his MS in later seasons. Stockard Channing plays the stand by your man First Lady, Abby Bartlet. The show ‘s guest stars read like a who’s who of Hollywood with guest stars like Ed ONeill, Gary Cole, John Goodman, Matthew Perry, James Pickens Jr., Rob Lowe, Tim Matheson, Teri Polo, Kristin Chenoweth, Lily Tomlin, Janeane Garafalo, Patricia Richardson, and the list goes on. “West Wing ” alumni include Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men” Allison Janney of “Mom” Bradley Whitford of “Trophy Wife”and Dule Hill of “Psych” . This was not their first romp in the Capitol, “Scandal” cast members on the show include Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, and most notably Joshua Malina played White House communicator Will Bailey.

Each week, viewers were treated to a special insiders view of the workings of government and also the private life of the President and his family.  The scripts are brilliant and intelligent. It is definitely worth looking at.

will and josh west wing Here are Bradley Whitford and Scandal’s Josh Molina. David Rosen started his political life on “The West Wing” Whitford is the harried husband and father on ABC’s “Trophy Wife.”

allison janney“Mom’s Allison Janney was the dynamic C J  Cregg , Communications Director for the White House

presidwental picture The show ended with the lame duck President played by Martin Sheen. Here are the two candidates fighting to be the new Commander in Chief… Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda.

matthew perry on the west wing Stepping out of his Chandler Bing role on “Friends” , Matthew Perry played Joe Quincy , White House counsel on the show. Later on, Perry would co star with Whitford in “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” another Sorkin show.

elisabeth moss zoeyElisabeth Moss was the headstrong daughter of the President , Zoey Bartlet, Today Moss is the career gal Peggy Olson on “Mad Men”

jeb and abbey Stockard Channing will always be Rizzo from the movie classic “Grease” Here she stands by the President as First Lady Dr. Abby Bartlet

 

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About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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