Snuffy Walden is expected to open this month's reunion program by playing the Emmy-winning show's theme music, and former first lady Michelle Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will offer commentary. Spencer died of a heart attack in 2005, in the middle of shooting the show’s seventh and final season. In the episode “Requiem,” McGarry’s funeral was held at the National Cathedral, and several cast members who had not been on the show in years made appearances, including Allison Smith, who played McGarry’s daughter, Mallory. He's a freelancer who now works for Screen Rant as a movie and TV news writer. Seeing the original cast together, accompanied by Sterling K. Brown taking on Spencer's role of Leo, even in a pared-down set, was emotional, gratifying and comforting in … first reported on Brown’s casting. The shoes of Leo McGarry will be filled by Sterling K. Brown in the forthcoming reunion special for The West Wing, set to air on HBO Max next week. Thanks for the hospitality, #WestWing #Vote Sterling K. Brown Joins The West Wing Cast for Special Episode Reunion — See the Photos, — Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) October 5, 2020. But you’ll notice that the role of Leo McGarry is played by Sterling K. Brown. Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET; Michael O'Neil/NBCU Photo Bank. Powered by. Snuffy Walden will play the iconic score for The West Wing theme song on his guitar, while the folk rock band The Avett Brothers will close out the special. Two-time Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) will portray White House chief of staff Leo McGarry in HBO Max’s upcoming West Wing reunion special. A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will also include act breaks with guest appearances from When We All Vote co-chair/former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. HBO Max said it plans to air the special on Oct. 15. He rose to the challenge and was just brilliant,” said Allison Janney. Matt Webb Mitovich / West Wing Reunion: Sterling K. Brown to Play Leo in HBO Max Special. “The West Wing”, which was set in the administration of fictional U.S. President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen), premiered in 1999 and ran for seven seasons. Missing John Spencer, The West Wing Cast Found Comfort In Sterling K. Brown Who Took Up The RolePart 2 – The "Hartsfield Landing" episode was a poignant choice given our current moment of voting-related crisis, and it was especially touching for the cast because of the heart wrenching absence of cast member John Spencer whose role was reverently played 18 years later by the incomparable Sterling K. Brown. Here's why. President Bill Clinton and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the guests also expected to pop in during breaks in the action. The West Wing initially ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006. Sterling K. Brown will replace the late John Spencer as Leo in the upcoming "The West Wing" reunion special. And some special guests are also entering the fold, including This Is Us favorite Sterling K. Brown in a key role. Brown addressed the news on Twitter, writing, "A true bucket list moment for yours truly! File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI |, Adam Sandler says he got yelled at for 'Uncut Gems' ending, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young win big at CMT Awards, Enrique Iglesias, Luis Fonsi honored at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Netflix: What's coming and going in November 2020, Matthew McConaughey immediately knew wife Camila was 'something special', Moments from the Billboard Latin Music Awards red carpet. October 5 2020, 10:44 AM PDT, RELATED STORIES The special, titled “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote”, will debut this fall and is expected to be shot at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October. It is intended to raise money for the non-profit When We All Vote, which was founded to increase participation in every election in the United States. A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, Premieres, Thursday, October 15, HBO Max. HBO’s special will air on Oct. 15 on HBO Max. I started to cry because it was Leo and it was an actor who lived up to the stature of John, so it was great to work with Sterling,” said Whitford. The cast recently sat down with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about the reunion and they spent a great deal of the interview reminiscing about Spencer. “He did it beautifully. Bradley Whitford, whose character Josh Lyman always had a lot of scenes with McGarry, said that he and Brown did a Zoom rehearsal for the episode and he couldn’t get through it without crying. The shoes of Leo McGarry will be filled by Sterling K. Brown in the forthcoming reunion special for The West Wing, set to air on HBO Max next week. Creator Sorkin said they knew they had to get somebody that Spencer would have admired and so they tapped Sterling K. Brown. By Premiering Thursday, Oct. 15 on the streaming service, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote marks the first time in 17 years that the original cast of the Emmy- and Peabody Award–winning drama series will come together, with creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme, for a theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from Season 3. Additionally, Brown is no stranger to playing dialogue-heavy roles, a staple in the repertoire of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing. Brown has a couple of Emmy Awards to his name, so he seems like a great fit to step in to fill Spencer's role. On HBO Max's West Wing reunion, a theatrical production of "Hartsfield's Landing," Sterling K. Brown is stepping into the role of Leo McGarry. ", A true bucket list moment for yours truly! Oct. 6 (UPI) -- This is Us actor Sterling K. Brown takes over the role of White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, who was played by the late John Spencer, in the upcoming The West Wing special on HBO Max. “I adored him and I still miss him, frankly, and it was hard to get through this recent performance without him because his presence was so powerful,” said Sheen of the HBO Max reunion. The show's reunion has been in the works for some time and like many current cast reunions, is taking place in conjunction with an organization trying to get out the vote ahead of Election Day. However, the HBO Max special is a staging of an old episode ("Hartsfield's Landing" from season 3), meaning McGarry needed to be recast.

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