West Wing star signs on for Studio 60

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The West Wing costar Bradley Whitford has reunited with the show's creator for the NBC drama pilot Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

The project, which also stars Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet, is set behind the scenes of a fictional broadcasting network's flagship late-night sketch comedy show.

Whitford will play a producer-director and recovering cocaine addict who has come back to run the sketch show he used to work for. Also joining the cast is Sarah Paulson, who plays a Christian fundamentalist, and Timothy Busfield as the control-room director.

Whitford won an Emmy in 2001 for his role as deputy chief of staff Josh on West Wing. Paulson most recently appeared in the feature Serenity and on HBO's drama Deadwood.

Busfield, who also enjoys a successful career as a TV director, also will serve as a producing director on Studio 60. He often has collaborated with Sorkin. He starred in the Broadway run of Sorkin's A Few Good Men; was a director on the writer-producer's comedy for ABC, Sports Night; and had a recurring role on West Wing.

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