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The White House Gets Another Show

Posted on May 9, 2012
Anthony Alvernaz (CC BY 2.0)

The North Portico of the White House.

Americans attracted to White House-themed television shows will be pleased when NBC’s “1600 Penn,” a sitcom written by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, hits the airwaves.

Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman will star as the president and first lady.

Lovett says the show will have nothing to do with the Obamas. —ARK


Lovett, who is also serving as executive producer on the show, spent three years working as President Obama’s speechwriter in Washington before leaving in September to pursue a career in Hollywood.

In November, after he sold the pilot to NBC, Lovett told The Hollywood Reporter the comedy would not be based on real stories from the White House.

“Obviously, my experiences are going to inform what I do, but this family will have absolutely nothing to do with the president,” he said.

“The idea is that this is a dysfunctional family, and the first family today is so far from that, it’s ridiculous.”

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By gerard, May 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment

The entire first year could be pre-scripted—52 weeks of the President making up his mind about some extremely touchy and important questions like gay marriage and extraordinary rendition, with God and Satan duking it out in the Rose Garden.  “The Invisible Worm has found out our hearts, and ...”

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By John Poole, May 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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Can a jerk like Obama be chuckled out of power? Let’s hope so.  Don’t expect the
throne shaking chuckles to come from the official court jesters such as Stewart
and Colbert. They serve their king. Maybe the TV writers serve another Caesar.

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