The Creators Of “1600 Penn” On How They Made A Show About The White House Not About The White House
From Fast Company
January 17, 2013 - 10:00am
Jason Winer, Josh Gad, and Jon Lovett discuss the finer points of making the White House about family, first. TV director Jason Winer and actor Josh Gad were looking to work together. A friend suggested they meet with Jon Lovett, who had just finished serving as a White House speechwriter for Barack Obama and had come to L.A. hoping to write comedy. When Lovett sat down with Winer and Gad, the first thing he said was that he didn’t want to write anything about the White House. Funny story there…the three went on, in short order, to create the sitcom 1600 Penn, which debuted last week, which focuses on the life of a fictional First Family in the White House. On the show, the First Family is headed by President Gilchrist (Bill Pullman), First Lady Emily Gilchrist (Jenna Elfman), and their children, Skip (Gad) and Becca (Martha McIsaac). Lovett, Winer, Gad, and Crew&ldquo...
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