‘1600 Penn’ star and creator Josh Gad says it’s ‘not a political show’

By Daniel S Levine,

NBC is airing a special preview of its mid-season comedy 1600 Penn tonight and the show’s stars recently spoke about the sitcom, saying that it’s all about humor. There’s no politics going on in this White House.

“It’s absolutely, absolutely not a political show, and I can’t emphasize that enough,” The Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad told 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.”

Gad co-created the series and stars as the president’s son. Bill Pullman, who famously played the president in Independence Day, plays a president again, with Dharma & Greg’s Jenna Elfman as the First Lady.

“This idea of trying to comment on the politics of the time, that’s not really something that comes into the equation,” Gad said, adding, “It’s always an underlying element in the comedy.”

“And there will be a drop of a political thing, which is only there to then spark the family story,” Elfman added.

Gad told USA Today that the show tries to give audiences a look at a normal family that just has to be put under the same everyday scrutiny as any First Family.

“We want to tell this wonderful story of a family like any other family but under the scrutiny of the 24-hour media news cycle, under the scrutiny of their father having to answer to millions, if not billions, of people,” he said.

Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama is an executive producer on the show. Modern Family’s Jason Winer and Men of a Certain Age’s Mike Royce are the show’s co-executive producers.

1600 Penn’s pilot will air tonight following The Voice at 9:30 p.m. The show will move to its regular timeslot starting Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m.

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