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James Novak
Portrayed by Dan Bucatinsky
Deceased Character
Biographical Information
Status: Deceased
Gender: Male
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Green
Residence: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Episode of Death: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Cause of Death: Shot in the chest
(by Jake Ballard)
  • Publius
Past Occupations:
  • White House Press Secretary
  • Journalist
  • BNC Field Reporter
  • Chief White House Correspondent @ The DC Times
  • Freelance Journalist
Current Relationship:
Character Information
Portrayed by: Dan Bucatinsky
First appearance: "Enemy of the State"
Final appearance: "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
Last Mentioned: "Put a Ring On It"
Appearance Count: 27

I’m still wired from the interview. That Daniel Douglas … (scoffs) got him to go deep.

— James to Cyrus, YOLO

James Novak was Cyrus Beene's journalist husband.


The character of James Novak was a supporting character throughout the series; starting with a minor storyline in the first season, progressing to a major storyline in the second season and third season, where his character met his untimely end.


Season Two

When James met Cyrus he was a reporter following the Grant campaign. At the time Cyrus wasn't ready to come out of the closet; after getting into the The White House Cyrus proposed to James promising him a house, a garden and a baby. (Happy Birthday, Mr. President)

Because Cyrus hadn't held up his end of the bargain - giving James a baby - James decided to go back to work. His old boss at The DC Times offered him his old job; James became the "Chief White House Correspondent for The DC Times. (All Roads Lead to Fitz)

When Cyrus learned that James was getting too close to learning the truth about Defiance with the assistance of David Rosen he procured a baby girl for James in order to get him to stop working. James gave David the Cytron memory card, knowing it was no longer safe at his place and quit his job. (One For the Dog)

After David had finally piled up enough evidence to start a "official" trial about Defiance he subpoenaed James to testify in a federal grand jury hearing about what he found in Defiance. Knowing what the consequence could be if James told the truth he lied on the stand to protect his husband. This in turn cost David his job. (Nobody Likes Babies)

James not working and staying at home with the baby lasted for almost a year until BNC offered James a job as an on-air live Field Reporter; with his first assignment being a one-on-one interview with the First Lady Mellie Grant, the interview where Mellie revealed that her husband - the president of the united states - was having an affair. (A Woman Scorned)

James later learned that Mellie got him the job and personally requested him for the interview to not only hurt Fitz but Cyrus as well. James devastated didn't want to believe what Cyrus was telling him but finally he realized it all made sense. (Any Questions?)

Season Three

A few months later James lost his job after Mellie did an interview to better her image with another reporter, Carla Steele. He blames Cyrus for this. (Everything's Coming Up Mellie)

Cyrus sets up James on an interview assignment with Daniel Douglas. The plan is to get the vice president's hubby make a pass at his unsuspecting interviewer in order to blackmail Sally Langston – who just so happens to be out of town – into dropping her plans to run as an independent. Mellie drops hints that Cyrus and James have an open marriage. After James strikes out the first day of the interview Cyrus gives him some tips, tips that he knew would lead everything in the right direction. So at the VP's residences Daniel makes his move on James, who realizes this whole thing was a set up. (Vermont is for Lovers, Too)


He officially died in a carjacking but truthfully B-613 Command Jake Ballard executed James for knowing too much about the death of Daniel Douglas Langston.


Cyrus Beene

For information on Cyrus' relationship with James visit their relationship page: Cyrus and James


→ See and enjoy 9 pictures of James Novak at Images of James Novak.



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