Mister Sterling

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mister Sterling
Mister Sterling cast.jpg
Created by Lawrence O'Donnell
Starring Josh Brolin
Audra McDonald
William Russ
David Noroña
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Michael Dinner
Jim Hart
Jeff Melvoin
Lawrence O'Donnell
Producer(s) Bernadette Joyce
Garry A. Brown
Sandy Frank
Andrea Newman
Chip Vucelich
William Bradley
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Lawrence O' Donnell Jr. Productions
NBC Studios
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release January 10 – March 14, 2003 (2003-03-14)

Mister Sterling is an American television serial drama created by Lawrence O'Donnell that ran from January to March in 2003. It starred Josh Brolin as an idealistic United States Senator, and featured Audra McDonald, William Russ, David Noroña, and James Whitmore as members of his staff. Despite mostly positive reviews, the show, which aired on 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 was nominated for a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a 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.



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)


  • 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


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


  • Barry Reed

Democratic leadership[edit]

Senate contenders[edit]

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


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


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



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 reveals a history of bribe-taking by Governor Sterling Sr., leaving the Senator and his staff to deal with the repercussions.


External links[edit]