TV Series | TV-14 | | Drama
Aaron Sorkin told Entertainment Weekly that the first actor he and the producers wanted to play President Bartlet, was Sidney Poitier. That idea was abandoned when Poitier's fee was, in Thomas Schlamme's words, "very high", and John Wells was able to ascertain that Poitier was not interested, when ... ...
Representative Matthew Santos:
I don't care if it's three Bosnians, an Armenian, and a bus full of party clowns!
During outdoor scenes filmed for the 1999-2000 first season, the Washington Monument can be seen in the background encased in an elaborate blue mesh scaffolding used while the monument was undergoing a major renovation. However, in stock overhead shots used during the same episodes, the Washington Monument appears without the scaffolding (i.e., as it normally appears).
Episode titles are usually the first thing shown on screen (after recaps). This is one of the only American series to show episode titles before its opening credits.
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