We'll take pictures but there'll be no audio." Six months later, he was the Premier of Russia. frankly, we felt the series would be cancelled." Aaron loved to get behind the curtain a little bit. " I pitched to Aaron that Toby had a father that he was embarrassed by and that he came to visit him at the White House.
"There was some very good writing in the remaining years of the series, but frankly it just was not Aaron Sorkin. He loves Twelve Angry Men and he'd say, "Okay, I want to do a bottle episode. I had imagined a Roy Cohn type character but he came back and said, "You know, you once told me that your grandfather was a member of Murder Incorporated? " And I said, "Yes, you can use that." And so that's how our first teaser came to be done in Yiddish: the day that Tobias was born and my father was on a hit. I guess we've still got a long way to go." But I'm sure that it gave Aaron some ideas of how to wrap up the first season.
There was one where we threw a guy out for drunkenness, a foreign diplomat who had no credentials. He locked himself in the limousine and was causing a great disturbance. I think it'd be really funny for her to be talking like, 'Pwesident Bawtlet'.
So many of these stories were far better than any fiction.
What was also extraordinary was that there was never an executive at a table reading. And in terms of the budget, if Aaron wrote, "75 limousines pull out of the driveway," you showed up on the set and there were 75 limousines.
We had five or six consultants who had worked in Washington.
Oftentimes the idea for an episode would start with someone saying something like, "You know there's more to the census than we think." "Really?
We had to cure what was going to potentially kill the show and the good news is that the cure worked; the bad news is that it wasn't any fun to take the medicine.
No one thought it was a good idea – not Tommy or John Wells, not the studio or the network and I'm sure not the cast and crew although they were much too polite to have ever raised an objection – but everyone followed me off the cliff with complete commitment.
I had no regrets when I did it, I have even less regret now because I can't imagine staying on the show and then, six weeks later, Aaron leaving.
The universe works in mysterious ways and for me it worked out perfectly. It was terrifying when Aaron announced that he was leaving, he and Tommy Schlamme. It was a tremendously sad day and I'm sure I will never understand exactly all the reasons why that happened.
Tell me." They would say, "The president's motorcade starts moving as soon as the president gets in his car; Secret Service doesn't want him sitting there.