What do you get when you cross a White House speechwriter, a comedic star of film, stage, and television, and the director of a show about a dysfunctional family? A comedic show about a dysfunctional family that lives in the White House. Okay, that was an easy one.
President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Lovett, Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, and Modern Family director Jason Winer (seriously, where did these people meet?) plan to create and executive produce 1600 Penn, a sitcom about the United States’ first family and the personal troubles they deal with on the day-to-day, for NBC.
Although this sort of thing has been attempted before (to less than stellar results), the team behind 1600 Penn is an interesting and promising one. Gad is on the climb; in addition to this project, he’s writing another series for NBC about a family on the road. He’ll also be starring in the upcoming animated series Good Vibes, and the developing film Thanks for Sharing.
The Modern Family director is a catch for any blossoming TV project. Winer has directed eighteen episodes of the Emmy-dominating series during its first and third seasons.
And Lovett? Well, he’s the most interesting aspect of this whole project. It’s not unprecedented for White House speechwriters to go into showbusiness, but this will certainly be a project unlike any we’ve seen before. We all loved Aaron Sorkin’s White House, but Lovett’s might win the medal for authenticity.