The White House Gets Another Show
Posted on May 9, 2012
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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The North Portico of the White House.