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Former Obama Speechwriter Gets A Sitcom Commission

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bill-swift - May 11, 2012

NBC have struggled to compete with other TV networks over the last couple of years. So their decision to commission President Obama's former speechwriter Jon Lovett to make a sitcom about family life in the White House could be seen as an attempt by the company to simply generate some publicity.

1600 Penn will star Josh Gad, most famous for his performance in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Book of Mormon, as the out-of-control eldest son of Bill Pullman's US president. Pullman's First Lady is to be portrayed by Dharma and Greg's Jenna Elfman.

NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the show and Lovett has revealed that the comedy will not be based on any stories from his experience in the White House. So don't expect many jokes about the authenticity of Pullman's nationality then.

Lovett left his position as President Obama's speechwriter to pursue a career in Hollywood and seems to have cashed in on the relationship between him and his most famous friend to succeed.

So with Julia Louis-Dreyfus's VEEP currently wowing critics on HBO and Sigourney Weaver's Political Animals due to hit screens later this year it seems that politics is currently 'in.' And it's great to see Pullman back as the most powerful man in the world. Fingers crossed that they slip a Independence Day style speech in at some point.

Article by Gregory Wakeman
www.gregorywakeman.com

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