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From 'The West Wing' to 'Battlestar Galactica': TV's best politicians

Congressman Thomas Bell (William Katt, "Top of the Hill," CBS, 1989): Taking over his ill father's seat in Washington, D.C., Bell was an idealist who often ran up against those much more skilled at the political game.

Representative Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy, "Tanner '88," HBO, 1988): The Michigan politician pursued the Democratic presidential nomination.

Pics: Actors who played politicians

Senator William Powers (John Forsythe, "The Powers That Be," NBC, 1992-93): He wasn't a paragon of personal ethics, but professionally, Powers did his best for constituents.

Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick, "Spin City," ABC, 1996-2002): He came across as a fop at times, but New York's mayor always had his city's best interests at heart.

President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen, "The West Wing," NBC, 1999-2006): Originally designed to stay in the background of the series, Bartlet was the ideal of what many want a president to be.
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MSNBC to develop show for Lawrence O'Donnell

MSNBC to develop show for Lawrence O'Donnell
MSNBC is developing a 10 p.m. show for Lawrence O’Donnell, the actor/writer who has served as a political analyst on the cable news channel since its launch in 1996. O’Donnell has previously filled in for Keith Olbermann as host of Countdown.

“I’ve had a part-time job at MSNBC for 14 years,” said O’Donnell in a statement. “Now that the network and I have gotten to know each other, I’m thrilled to be going full time.”

O’Donnell won an Emmy for writing and producing The West Wing for NBC. He also created the short-lived NBC series
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Brolin dives in as member of 'Blue' crew

Brolin dives in as member of 'Blue' crew
Josh Brolin has jumped into the John Stockwell-directed Into the Blue for MGM and Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures. Paul Walker, Jessica Alba and Ashley Scott star. Shooting starts in mid-January on the Matt Johnson-penned project, which is an underwater action-adventure about a group of scuba-diving best friends who discover the sunken wreckage of a plane off the Florida coast that contains illegal cargo. The divers then find themselves involved with a dangerous drug lord. Brolin will play the boss of Alba's character. Guber's Mandalay is producing, with the company's Ori Marmur and David Zelon overseeing alongside MGM's Elizabeth Cantillon and Erik Baiers. Brolin is repped by WMA. He most recently starred on the TV series Mister Sterling for NBC.

DeLaurentis joins Fox's 'O.C.' team

Fox has recruited Bob DeLaurentis as executive producer/showrunner of its newly picked-up drama series The O.C., from Warner Bros. TV. Meanwhile, Jeff Melvoin has joined Rod Lurie and Marc Frydman as an executive producer on another of this year's crop of pilots that have been given early series orders -- ABC's drama Lines of Duty, from DreamWorks TV and Touchstone TV. The O.C., co-starring Peter Gallagher, focuses on a street-smart teen who winds up in the affluent world of Orange County, Calif. DeLaurentis will executive produce the series alongside McG, Josh Schwartz and Joseph Dougherty. DeLaurentis executive produced NBC's drama Providence and the network's pilot Chestnut Hill. Lines of Duty, starring Leslie Bibb, Leslie Hope and David Paymer, centers on a regional FBI office's fight against organized crime. Melvoin will help series creator Lurie, who has a busy feature schedule, execute the show on a day-to-day basis. Melvoin won an Emmy in 1992 as part of the producing team of CBS' Northern Exposure. He most recently was a co-executive producer on NBC's midseason drama Mister Sterling.

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