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- August 10, 2000 - Republican Pundits Marlin
Fitzwater and Peggy Noonan
Join Emmy-Nominated Series
"the West Wing" As
- The Emmy-nominated series "The West Wing" is adding to
its stable of real-life political experts with the addition of
former Reagan administration speechwriter Peggy Noonan
and former press secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan
and George Bush, Marlin Fitzwater. They join current
Democrat consultants Lawrence O'Donnell, Dee Dee
Myers and Patrick H. Caddell.
- "We are thrilled to have Peggy and Marlin join the series,"
enthused creator and executive producer Aaron Sorkin.
"Their political background and vast knowledge will be a
wonderful complement to our staff."
- From 1984 to 1986 Peggy Noonan served as a special
assistant to President Ronald Reagan. In 1988 she became
chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush during
his first campaign for the presidency. In 1989 she returned
home to New York where she completed her first book, the
bestseller "What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in
the Reagan Years." In addition, Noonan has written "Life,
Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,≤ and is the author of
≥Simply Speaking," published in 1997. Her most recent
tome, "The Case Against Hillary Clinton," was published in
March of 2000 and became a New York Times bestseller.
Noonan's essays and articles have been published in such
publications as "Time," "Newsweek," "The New York
Times," "The Washington Post," "Harpers" and "Forbes,"
among others. Noonan currently writes a monthly column
for "Good Housekeeping" magazine, focusing on the
values, dilemmas and rewards of family life and covers
political news for "Time" and "The Wall Street Journal."
- Marlin Fitzwater is the only press secretary in the history of
the United States to be appointed by two presidents. As
such, he watched history from the front row from
1983-1992. He gave over 850 press briefings in six years,
winning praise from the news media and the public for his
honesty and good humor. Fitzwater was named
Outstanding Civil Servant in government in 1980, received
the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bush in
1992, served on the Board of the Woodrow Wilson School
for International Scholars and has received numerous other
awards as well as two honorary doctorate degrees. Today,
Fitzwater is an author, lecturer and humorist who has
appeared on numerous national television talk shows and
provided political commentary for the networks during the
1996 election campaign. His book "Call the Briefing!" is a
best selling memoir of 10 years in the White House.
- "The West Wing" recently received 18 Emmy Award
nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.
The series stars are Rob Lowe, Dule Hill, Allison Janney,
Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Bradley
Whitford and Martin Sheen.
- John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros.
Television produce "The West Wing". The series was
created and written by Aaron Sorkin and executive
produced by Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme and John Wells.
Kevin Falls is co-executive producer. Llewellyn Wells and
Kristin Harms serve as producers.
- August 8, 00 - Viewers For Quality
Television Name "The West Wing," Sheen, Spencer, Quality Award
- Continuing to ride it's awards wave, NBC's "The West
Wing" has racked up three more kudos with the
announcement by the Viewers for Quality Television that
the runaway-hit, freshman series has been named Best
Quality Drama, Martin Sheen has been voted Best Actor,
Quality Drama, and John Spencer has been tagged Best
Supporting Actor, Quality Drama.
- NBC programming topped all other networks with an
industry leading 23 nominations for the 16th Annual VQT
Awards. Viewers for Quality Television is a 15-year-old
positive viewer organization comprised of more than 2000
members from all over the country whose sole agenda is
influencing networks to retain critically acclaimed quality
series rather than cancel them because of insufficient
- July 18, 2000 - "Janel Moloney ("Sports Night"), who played the recurring
role of Donna Moss, the sarcastic but lovable secretary to
Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) last
season, will continue in the same role as a series regular."
News: See information on the many awards and nominations "The West Wing" has gotten in June/July 2000 including "Take This Sabbath Day" just won (July 12) the Humanitas Prize for the 60 Minute Television Category.