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Weather postpones filming of NBC drama



Published: Fri, August 23, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



VOLANT, Pa. -- Hundreds of extras planning to spend today filming NBC's "West Wing" will have to wait a few more days for their chance to be part of a Hollywood production.

Filming set for today and Saturday at Kemland Farms in Volant, owned by Jeff and Gary McConnell, has been postponed until Sunday and Monday because of predictions of bad weather

Hundreds of extras were notified by e-mail Thursday afternoon of the change in plans.

Producers expect more than 300 extras to appear in a large parade scene inviting fictional "West Wing" President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) to a campaign stop at a soybean farm. The entire production was expected to wrap up in Pittsburgh on Monday.

Film crews have been working along the back roads of Volant since Tuesday filming other scenes for the show's two-hour season premiere, which will air Sept. 25.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, portions of Old Mercer Road, just off Pa. Route 208, were closed as a film crew shot scenes of "West Wing" communication director Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and his assistant Donna Moss (Janel Maloney) hitching a ride on a truck.




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