Former M*A*S*H star Alan Alda is returning to primetime TV in America as political drama The West Wing looks to boost its ratings.

The actor will play a Republican from California with presidential aspirations in the upcoming season of the hit show.

He'll be joined by Marley Shelton, Mary McCormack and former thirtysomething (corr) star Timothy Busfield, whose DANNY CONCANNON character will be a regular.

Meanwhile, former NYPD Blue alum Jimmy Smits is also in negotiations with producers to join the cast.

23/08/2004 21:21