Mister Sterling

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Mister Sterling
Mister Sterling cast.jpg
Created by Lawrence O'Donnell
Starring Josh Brolin
Audra McDonald
William Russ
David Noroña
James Whitmore
Chandra West
Country of origin United States
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
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.



No. Title Directed by Written by 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.


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