"The West Wing" pre-empted tonight by NBC; will return next week with all-new episode

NBC has decided to pre-empt The West Wing tonight (3/19) and replace it with an episode of Law & Order: True Crime.

Next week, The West Wing will return at 8 p.m. on Wednesday with an all-new episode when Abbey (Stockard Channing) is upset after an anti-abortion rider is attached to a foreign aid bill and asks Amy (Mary-Louise Parker) to work behind the scenes to torpedo the President's (Martin Sheen) proposal. Toby (Richard Schiff) gets in a legal bind when an ex-classmate (guest star Jeff Perry) turns whistle-blower on a lawbreaking chemical company. Meanwhile, the Daughters of the American Revolution wants to disown Abbey when they learn that her distant relative was more pirate than patriot. John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Dule Hill and Janel Moloney also star.