When Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme left, it was heartbreaking for me. I felt like I was left alone, flailing with this character. Lawrence O’Donnell, Eli Attie and a couple of others got Toby, but I don’t think John Wells got him. I think Toby was left flailing out to sea after Season 4, so I have a very different opinion of those last three years, as you can tell. But I thought it was a valiant effort on John’s part and on everyone’s part to maintain the quality which was near brilliance every week with Aaron and Tommy around. We came close to that a number of times after they left, but it was a very different experience for me. It was very, very tough for me. But I applaud their efforts.
Richard Schiff, discussing the showrunner change on The West Wing (via notabadday