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Mister Sterling is an American television serial drama created by Lawrence O'Donnell
Lawrence O'Donnell
that ran from January to March in 2003. It starred Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin
as an idealistic United States
United States
Senator, and featured Audra McDonald, William Russ, David Noroña, and James Whitmore
James Whitmore
as members of his staff. Despite mostly positive reviews, the show, which aired on NBC
NBC
on Friday nights, was cancelled after 10 episodes after the show only ranked 58th in the yearly ratings (9.83 million viewers, 6.7/12 rating/share) Although it had numerous similarities to The West Wing in style and tone (especially the show's idealistic attitude towards politics) and the unnamed president in the series is stated to be a Democrat, it was not set in the same universe as O'Donnell's other political show. It is unknown if a cross-over would have ever occurred had Mister Sterling not been cancelled; however Steven Culp played presidential aspirant Sen. Ron Garland on Mister Sterling and House Speaker Jeff Haffley on The West Wing, and Democrats appeared to be in the majority in the US Senate on Mr Sterling, while in The West Wing consistent Republican control of both Houses of Congress was a key plot point. James Whitmore
James Whitmore
was nominated for a 2003 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama
Drama
Series for playing former Governor Bill Sterling, the senator's father. The series was produced by Bernadette Joyce, co-producer; Garry A. Brown, co-producer; Michael Dinner, co-executive producer; Sandy Frank, co-producer; Jim Hart, co-executive producer; Jeff Melvoin, co-executive producer; Andrea Newman, producer; Lawrence O'Donnell, executive producer; Chip Vucelich, co-producer; William Bradley, consulting producer.

Contents

1 Cast 2 Characters

2.1 Senator Sterling's office 2.2 Senators 2.3 Governors 2.4 Lobbyist 2.5 Democratic leadership 2.6 Senate contenders

2.6.1 Democrat 2.6.2 Republican

2.7 Other

3 Episodes 4 References 5 External links

Cast[edit]

Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin
as Bill Sterling Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
as Jackie Brock William Russ
William Russ
as Tommy Doyle David Norona as Leon Montero James Whitmore
James Whitmore
as Bill Sterling, Sr. (recurring role)

Characters[edit] Senator Sterling's office[edit]

Senator Bill Sterling (I-California) Chief of Staff Jackie Brock Legislative Director Tommy Doyle Legislative Assistant Leon Montero Secretary Pat Conway (Dale Raoul) Deputy Press Secretary Derek Larner (Dean Cameron)

Senators[edit]

Senator Albert Bailey (D-CA)

Sterling was appointed to his seat after Bailey died of a heart attack.

Senator Burt Gammel (R-Louisiana)

Senate Minority Leader

Senate Majority Leader (D-New Mexico) Senator Dan Wilson (D-Illinois) Senator Jack "Thunder Hawk" Jackson (R-Arizona) Senator Kate Robertson (Nevada)

Elected in 1998.

Senator Millman Senator Ron Garland (R-Ohio)

Running for the Presidency.

Senator Bowles Senator Dave Crandall (D-Delaware) Senator Roger Morris (D) Senator Andersen Senator Buckley Senator Burke Senator Carver Senator Gilmartin Senator Lane Senator Eaton Senator Porter Senator Preston Senator Raymond Senator Smith Senator Stanton Senator Stewart Senator Taylor Senator Trimble Senator Troy Senator Grayson

Governors[edit]

Governor Carl Marino (D-CA) Former Governor William Sterling (D-CA)

Lobbyist[edit]

Barry Reed

Democratic leadership[edit]

Arthur Peyton, Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, former Chief of Staff to Senator Bailey (D-CA)

Senate contenders[edit] This is a list of candidates who are running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Bill Sterling: Democrat[edit]

Anthony Marino, son of the Governor (D-CA) Chuck Stanley, millionaire (D-CA) G.M. Clooney, coffee maker (D-CA)

Republican[edit]

Sarah Burwell (R-CA) Congressman Bob "The Bomber" Brennan (R-CA)

Other[edit]

Lauren Barnes, Actress Laura Chandler, Reporter (Chandra West) Rebecca Everton, Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date

1 "Pilot" January 10, 2003 (2003-01-10)

2 "Next Question" January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17)

3 "Game Time" January 24, 2003 (2003-01-24)

4 "Technical Corrections" January 31, 2003 (2003-01-31)

5 "Human Error" February 7, 2003 (2003-02-07)

6 "Nothing Personal" February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14)

7 "Statewide Swing" February 21, 2003 (2003-02-21)

8 "Wish List" February 28, 2003 (2003-02-28)

9 "Final Passage" March 7, 2003 (2003-03-07)

10 "The Sins of the Father" March 14, 2003 (2003-03-14)

A reporter from the New York Times
New York Times
reveals a history of bribe-taking by Governor Sterling Sr., leaving the Senator and his staff to deal with the repercussions.

References[edit]

"Testing Our Mettle", review by Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, January 31, 2003 "Mister Sterling", reviewed by Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly, January 17, 2003 "Sterling silver" by Heather Havrilesky, Salon.com
Salon.com
Magazine, February 27, 2003

External links[edit]

Mister Sterling on IMDb Mister Sterli

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