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NBC Adds Sitcom from Obama Speechwriter

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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How closely will art imitate life? NBC says it’s rolling out a new sitcom next season about life in the White House, written by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, the BBC reports.

1600 Penn will profile a fictional first family,  featuring Bill Pullman as the Commander in Chief and Dharma and Greg star Jenna Elfman as the First Lady, as well as The Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad as their eldest son and Modern Family director Jason Winer.

1600 Penn is the latest of a series of shows portraying the political orchestration behind Capitol Hill’s antics. Last month HBO debuted Veep, a comedy following Julia Louis-Dreyfusas U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer, a former senator struggling to flex power in her new role under the Commander in Chief.

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