NBC Picks Up 1600 PENN Comedy Series About the First Family from BOOK OF MORMON Star Josh Gad

     October 24, 2011


With his current role on the hit Broadway show Book of Mormon seeing full theaters from sold out performances every single week, actor Josh Gad is already riding quite the wave of success. However, the actor who has also been seen in films like Love & Other Drugs and 21 is now bringing his talents to TV, but this time only on the page. Vulture has word that Gad just sold a half-hour comedy pilot to NBC called 1600 Penn. The project follows a dysfunctional family, but this group of relatives just happens to be the First Family, living in the White House. Jon Lovvett, a writer who once wrote speeches for President Barack Obama, co-created and will executive produce the new series with Gad. Even better news for the project comes in the form of director Jason Winer (Modern Family) stepping up to helm the new pilot. That is, if the project gets the greenlight to move forward. But since there’s a hefty penalty deal if the project doesn’t get a pilot order, it’ll likely get put together for the next TV season pretty easily. It sounds like something along the lines of a Washington DC-based Arrested Development meets Modern Family kind of deal. If it’s half as funny as either of those comedies, then I’m already sold.