President Bill Pullman (Independence Day) returns in NBC’s mid-season pickup 1600 Penn, a comedy about dysfunctional family who also happens to be the First Family. The principle cast includes Josh Gad (who starred in The Book of Mormon on Broadway) and Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) as the step-mom, but the latest addition to the family is Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness) playing Uncle Doug, an insult-prone Las Vegas businessman.
Pullman plays (yet another) President Dale Gilchrist, the patriarch of a family described as “loving, fun and a little crazy.” The series comes from Gad, Jon Lovett, and Modern Family‘s Emmy-winning co-executive producer and director Jason Winer, who is also directing the pilot. For more on the series, hit the jump.
Brittany Snow (Hairspray) was originally cast as one of the Gilchrist daughters, but was eventually replaced by Martha MacIsaac (Superbad) when the character was aged down. Other cast members include Andre Holland (Friends with Benefits), Amara Miller (The Descendants), and Benjamin Stockham (Sons of Tucson).
With Modern Family continuing to dominate ABC’s comedy lineup, NBC is surely looking for Winer’s latest creation to be another barnstorming hit. The series also sounds like it could have a little in common with Armando Iannucci‘s stellar HBO comedy Veep insofar as lifting a veil on White House political life.
The teaser trailer for the series (which is actually just a clip from, presumably, the pilot) heavily features Gad, whose character Skip is referred to as “one of the administration’s biggest liabilities, but also the glue that holds this family together.” The cast is strong, the premise is certainly of interest, and given Winer’s track record it seems he could easily deliver.