'1600 Penn' focuses on familial laughs, not political drama

By Kristen Spicker,

From The West Wing to Commander in Chief, it isn’t difficult to discover a television program centered around the life of the President of the United States. But 1600 Penn’s co-creator, Josh Gad, is changing the standard for White House sitcoms.

Instead of focusing on the drama of working in the Oval Office, the program ignores the politics and revolves around the changing dynamics in the first family.

“It’s absolutely, absolutely not a political show, and I can’t emphasize that enough,” said Gad, according to The Washington Post. “We never set out to make a political show. . . . We wanted to make a show about a family that happens to live in a world where they are surrounded by politics.”

Although the show does touch on politics, Gad and the show’s cast emphasized that political references only add to the family-centered plot line.

"We really wanted to dissect what it meant to be a family in the most extraordinary of circumstances - and what's more extraordinary than being the first family?” Gad said, according to Yahoo! News.

Along with Gad as the president’s son Skip, 1600 Penn stars Bill Pullman as the U.S. President Dale Gilchrist and Jenna Elfman as the first lady. The sitcom also includes former speechwriter for President Obama Jon Lovett as an executive producer.

The pilot of 1600 Penn airs Monday on NBC at 9:30 p.m. and officially begins Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m.



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