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Allison Janney to Aaron Sorkin: 'Take Me Back!'

'West Wing' actress wants to join 'The Newsroom'

By Corey Levitan Sep 12, 2012 10:00AM

Dtmmr.wordpress.comAllison Janney -- best known as White House Chief of Staff C.J. Cregg on Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" -- wants to return to the land where everybody talks with great speed, sarcasm and Democratic political agendas.


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Although she's tasted recent success as a supporting film actress, Janney was quick to tell the Boston Herald that Sorkin "needs to put me on that show."

"I would love to be on it," she said. "Maybe he'll think of a character for me. It would be great!"


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Sorkin has a history of double-dipping into the same acting pool. In the best-known examples, Joshua Malina starred in both "Sports Night" and "The West Wing," while Janney and Bradley Whitford paired for both "The West Wing" and Sorkin's ill-fated "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

Would you want to see a new Janney character going head-to-head with Will McAvoy?

Season 2 of "The Newsroom" will premiere in June 2013 on HBO.

Sep 13, 2012 2:48PM
Add another great talent to an otherwise brilliant show?...  hmmm.. let me see...    Absolutely!
Sep 13, 2012 1:31PM

I'm pretty sure she was not the chief of staff, but rather press secretary.  John Spencer played the chief of staff.  But, I'd like to see her in The Newsroom.  She'd be great!

Sep 12, 2012 2:40PM
I love Allison Janney.  She adds a spark to everything she's in.
Sep 12, 2012 2:15PM
ABSOLUTELY!!!  Allison Janney, with her sharp wit and quick, effortless delivery...would be perfect for this show!  Frankly, I've loved all of her characters. Even in smaller in her character in 'Juno'...she was spot-on.  The 'Newsroom' would definitely be a great show where Sorkin could easily design a character for her.
Sep 12, 2012 2:13PM
Allison Janney would be a great addition to thes cast.  I LOVE this show!
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