Brooke Takes Charge in '1600 Penn' Oval Office
By DAVID WEINER
October 30, 2012
There's a new president sitting in the Oval Office -- The Insider's own Brooke Anderson! Actually, Brooke got to visit the fictitious White House set of the upcoming NBC comedy 1600 Penn, which is described as Modern Family meets The West Wing and stars Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad. Watch the video!
Josh tells Brooke that he was looking to team up with Modern Family co-executive producer and director Jason Winer on a project, and, "One day I'm sitting at home watching that strange Sarah Palin show on the Learning Channel, which I find very ironic, and I wasn't fascinated necessarily by the political element of it because that story's been told -- I was much more fascinated by the fact that this is a story about a dysfunctional family like any other family in America, including my own, that was literally … a heartbeat away from becoming the first family of the United States. So we just immediately loved the idea of doing a family just like any other family, except that they happen to live in the most famous address in America."
The trio of comedy stars play the Gilchrists: Josh is a grown kid who's forced to move back home; Jenna is a stepmom desperately trying to win over the kids; and Bill is a family man who learns that running a family may just be harder than running the country.
"I haven't been in the Oval Office since we did Independence Day, so it's kind of an interesting sense of déjà vu a little bit," says Bill of his return to the role of POTUS. "[But this is a] very different role -- and the aliens are his own children."
Jenna says she's modeling her character on a variety of real-life first ladies, with a focus on Michelle Obama: "I love Michelle Obama. I think her programs that she's implemented are just so common-sense based and so needed in this time in our society, and I love how she has pride in how she looks and wants to be modern and represents a youthfulness."
Look for 1600 Penn's debut January 10 on NBC.