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NBC's Chicago shows, which include Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med and, the newest entry, Chicago Justice, are becoming almost as well known for their multi-episode crossovers as for their dramatic twists. Now, a fondly remembered West Wing vet is joining in for the next major crossover event. Bradley Whitford, still widely known as The West Wing's Josh Lyman, has signed on to guest star in the crossover.
News broke today that the next crossover for the Dick Wolf shows, which will take place across Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice, will include Bradley Whitford in the role of Albert Forest, a very powerful defense lawyer who basically wrote the book on the best way to cross examine witnesses on the stand. According to the information on the character that was obtained by Entertainment Weekly, Forest doesn't actually care a whole lot about revealing the truth. He's much more interested in the "appearance of reality," and, in his ardent defense of his clients, he manages to lure prosecutors into a trap that he can use to unseat the cases they believe they've built. Wow, this guy sounds like he's totally un-Josh-like. Whitford will make his appearance during the Chicago Justice portion of the three-show crossover.
Bradley Whitford played Josh Lyman on all seven seasons of The West Wing, from 1999-2006. His character was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the president during most of the show's run, and he was known for having a keen political mind, as well as being an all-around good guy who had strong friendships with many of his colleagues. The character is also known for inspiring shippers everywhere because of the palpable chemistry and romantic tension created between himself and his assistant, Donna (who would, to the love of West Wing fans everywhere, eventually become his girlfriend).
Whitford has kept plenty busy since the end of The West Wing, so it's not a huge surprise to find him popping up on Chicago Justice. He's appeared in a wide variety of projects and a lot of television shows since the series ended, including Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (another Aaron Sorkin show), Monk, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Good Guys, The Mentalist, Parks and Recreation, Shameless, Law & Order: SVU, Trophy Wife, Transparent and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He can also be seen in a couple of weeks in Jordan Peele's upcoming film, Get Out.
You can catch Bradley Whitford on Chicago Justice when the crossover event happens on NBC March 1. This will be a special preview premiere of the new show, and it will move to its regular time slot on March 5 at 9 p.m. EST. Be sure to check out our midseason premiere schedule to see what else you can watch in the coming weeks.