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Recast The West Wing

Recast The West Wing and Win a Prize!

Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

Since the air is still crackling with exciting presidential news, I thought it would be fun to recast one of the most presidential TV shows ever: The West Wing! And the timing is kind of perfect because as president-elect Barack Obama chooses his own White House staff, we'll be casting our own.

As fans of the show know, the cast was large, diverse, and ever-changing so for the purposes of this challenge I thought we'd stick to the president's long-standing inner circle. Who do you think could play President Bartlet with Martin Sheen's same level of integrity and intelligence, and his physician wife Abbey Bartlet? What about tough-as-nails press secretary turned chief of staff, C. J. Cregg (Allison Janney)? Then there are the guys: Deputy White House Communications Director Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), Communications Director Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford).

Finally, who would you cast as the president's personal aide Charlie Young, Josh's assistant Donna Moss, and the president's closest confidant, Leo McGarry?

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, Nov. 11, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast:
Abigail Bartlet (Stockard Channing)
Charlie Young (Dulé Hill)
C. J. Cregg (Allison Janney)
Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe)
Donna Moss (Janel Moloney)
Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff)
President Josiah Edward "Jed" Bartlet (Martin Sheen)
Leo McGarry (John Spencer)
Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford)

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lauraonbway lauraonbway 8 years
While I truly can imagine no finer cast than the one originally assembled, this could be fun. Abbey Bartlet - Meryl Streep Charlie Young - Michael Cera CJ Cregg - Felicity Huffman Sam Seaborn - Neil Patrick Harris Donna Moss - Amy Adams Toby Ziegler - William Petersen Jed Bartlet - Gregory Harrison Leo McGarry - John Slattery Josh Lyman - Michael J. Fox
thecolourclear thecolourclear 8 years
Abigail Bartlet - Janet Hubert Charlie Young - Anna Paquin C. J. Cregg - David Morrissey Sam Seaborn - Sydney Tamiia Poitier Donna Moss - Felicia Day Toby Ziegler - Matthew Perry President Josiah Edward "Jed" Bartlet - Samuel L. Jackson Leo McGarry - Terry O'Quinn Josh Lyman - Laura Linney
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Kal Penn and Romany Malco are both waaaay too old to play Charlie. You need someone like a black Michael Cera.
mommapoppins mommapoppins 8 years
Dr. Wyatt Bartlet - Sam Shephard Charlie Young - Kal Penn (star of the movie "The Namesake") C. J. Cregg - Angela Bassett Sam Seaborn - Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida on "24") Donna Moss - Katie Holmes Cruise Toby Ziegler - Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law) President Jeda Bartlet - Annette Bening Leo McGarry - William Devane Josh Lyman - Treat Williams
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
I'd take back the old West Wing any day! But maybe I'll try recasting for fun later.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Agreed. No offense, whip, but that list makes me cringe. Any list would make me cringe.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I don't watch this show, but I think Whiplash's sounds good :)
genvessel genvessel 8 years
i actually cannot let my brain go to recasting the show - that's how much i loved the first four seasons of aaron's epic. but y'all go on - i'm curious to see what the rest of you think!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Abigail Bartlet - Geena Davis Charlie Young - Romany Malco C. J. Cregg - Tina Fey Sam Seaborn - Ben Affleck Donna Moss - Christina Applegate Toby Ziegler - Michael Emerson President Josiah Edward "Jed" Bartlet - Tim Robbins Leo McGarry - John Mahoney Josh Lyman - Matt Damon
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