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5 items from 2001


Helen Hunt Obsessed With West Wing

22 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Helen Hunt has a self-confessed obsession with hit TV show The West Wing. Hunt admits she's addicted to watching the series, but is particularly fixated by the romance between Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney's characters. She says, "I'm pretty obsessed with it. I'm obsessed about when Josh and Donna are going to kiss. It was very fun when that show came along because I thought, 'I have a show.' I haven't had a show in a while that I can't stand to miss. They asked me to maybe direct one, but I demurred. I don't want to be on that set. I want to be at home, watching it on television." »

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Cast Crisis Over Lowe Pay On West Wing

27 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rob Lowe has a lot of friends in Hollywood, but the New York Daily News claims his West Wing co-stars are not in that group. On Saturday, the former Brat Packer gave a party in Los Angeles to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary and the 40th birthday of his wife, Sheryl Berkoff. Lowe invited many of his celebrity pals, including fellow cast members. Other celebs, Kevin Spacey among them, all showed - but no-one from the hit political TV show was present. Lowe makes considerably more money than every other cast member except film veteran Martin Sheen. Allison Janney, >John Spencer, Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff missed the first week of work in protest over salary negotiations, seeking more equity with Lowe who earns a reported $100,000 per episode - compared to what has been described as their $30,000. Lowe's rep, Alan Nierob, says if cast members resent his client, "They must really hate Martin Sheen, because he makes more money than Rob Lowe." »

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Channing Takes Permanent Role As West Wingers Return To Work

17 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Stockard Channing is to become a regular on hit drama The West Wing. Channing, who had been listed as a guest star in her recurring role as the first lady, has now committed to three seasons on the drama. Stockard has also been nominated for an Emmy award as Best Supporting Actress in the show. In other news, the quartet of actors who had refused to attend early rehearsals over a salary disagreement returned to the set Monday. Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and John Spencer showed up Monday morning despite the lack of a resolution. Publicists say the salary negotiations continue in good faith. (IMDb Staff contributed to this story) »

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West Wing Actors Go On Strike

13 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The future of The West Wing has been thrown into jeopardy by demands for more money by four cast members. John Spencer, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford, who all play White House aides, were no-shows on Monday, when table readings for the third season of the hit drama were scheduled to begin - despite being legally contracted with Warner Bros. to turn up. Bemused members of crew and cast - including leading man Martin Sheen, who plays President Josiah "Jed" Bartlett, and Rob Lowe, his on screen speechwriter - were told to go home and "take the rest of the week off," while the producers try to renegotiate contracts. The rebellious quartet, who currently earn about $30,000 per episode, have hired attorney Peter Nelson and are trying to negotiate their salaries into the $90,000 per episode range with annual bumps bringing them close to $200,000 by the seventh season. It's reported that if they do not show up on the set on Monday, they will be considered in breach of contract by Warner Bros. and legal action could be taken. It should also be noted that the quartet are not looking to be paid more than their co-stars. It's reported that they had been told at the outset no one would be making more than $40,000 per episode, but that Rob Lowe was started at a higher salary and Martin Sheen makes more than $100,000 per episode. »

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Martin Sheen Misses Out On Tour Of The West Wing

1 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Martin Sheen was notably absent from a tour of the real West Wing on Sunday - after he called President Bush a "moron". Sheen, stayed away while the rest of the cast were given a tour by White House officials, before taking part in a mock news briefing. The Hollywood actor, who plays the president on The West Wing, made the insulting comment in February. Real-life president George W. Bush left his chief-of-staff Andrew Card to lead the tour, which included cast members Rob Lowe, Alison Janney and Bradley Whitford. Bradley, a fervent Al Gore supporter, once joked at a rally, "I'm not a politician, I just play one on TV - kind of like George Bush." »

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