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Using the model that worked so well for "Go On" this summer, NBC has offered its viewers a holiday sneak peek of its new comedy, "1600 Penn." But did the political sitcom rise to presidential levels? Or did it fall to the ground like a flaming chair in the middle of a press conference.
Hey, if nothing else, this show has delivered on some excellent similes.
The basics: President Dale Gilchrest (Bill Pullman) can lead a country but has trouble leading his family (possibly because he mostly ignores them). This means his new wife Emily (Jenna Elfman) can't get the kids to talk to her. Eldest son, Skip (Josh Gad, Secret Service codename, "Meatball"), is a goofy failure who frequently sets things on fire. Daughter Becca (Martha MacIsaac) is the perfect overachiever. So of course she's pregnant. There are two other kids, Marigold (Amara Miller) and Xander (Benjamin Stockham). Marigold is an adolescent lesbian, »
NBC certainly could use a new hit comedy. Will 1600 Penn be a big success or will it be cancelled before the first season finishes airing? Is it even worth watching?
1600 Penn revolves around the Gilchrist clan. They're a typical American family -- except for the fact that they live in the White House. A particular challenge for the administration is the eldest son who's a goofball and who's recently moved back home. The cast includes Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, Josh Gad, Martha MacIsaac, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham, and Andre Holland.
Sound interesting or like a big flop? Here's what some of the critics are saying:
THR: "Gad is so relentlessly spot-on as Skip, a slacker kid who never really has grown up -- even after seven years of college -- that he can keep the parts moving while viewers »
Photo: Warner Bros. Warner Bros. just sent over several new images from 14 of their 18 upcoming 2013 releases. The films included in the preview are the Jackie Robinson story 42, the sequel to Zack Snyder's breakout feature 300: Rise of an Empire, the adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, the Sylvester Stallone actioner Bullet to the Head, the James Wan thriller The Conjuring, the late '40s mob tale Gangster Squad, Getaway, Alfonso Cuaron's still undated sci-fi feature Gravity, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, the final chapter in the comedy trilogy The Hangover Part III, the second part in the newly launched Hobbit franchise The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer, Zack Snyder's Superman feature Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robots feature Pacific Rim, Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, the supernatural feature The Seventh Son »
- Brad Brevet
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 »
- Allison Keene
Here are some new stills which surfaced late last week from the Brooklyn set of Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which stars Chadwick Boseman in the titular role and Nicole Beharie as his wife Rachel Isum Robinson. The stills below are dated July 18; the film is now in post-production. Warner Brothers' 42 also stars Harrison Ford in the role of Brooklyn Dodgers' manager Branch Rickey and Andre Holland in the role of Wendell Smith, the sportswriter who influenced Robinson's career. The film will be released in theaters next year on April 15, 2013. We posted some previous pics on the set of Birmingham, Al here, and on set in Macon, Ga here. »
- Vanessa Martinez
Filming for Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson's biopic 42 was in full swing last week in Macon, Ga. Chadwick Boseman, who plays the baseball icon, filmed scenes along with Nicole Beharie, in the role of his wife Rachel Isum, and Andre Holland, in full form for his role as Wendell Smith, the sportswriter who influenced Robinson's career. According to the behind-the-scenes footage below (via Fox 24), the scenes being shot here are from the early stages of the film, in which Robinson and wife find a place to stay in Fl, when Robinson begins spring training in 1946. In the scene, accompanied by Smith, Jackie and Rachel meet the family that will host their stay. The »
- Vanessa Martinez
Filming this week at the historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama is Brian Helgeland's 42, based on the life of baseball icon Jackie Robinson. The set images, courtesy of Birmingham News, show Chadwick Boseman in full form for the titular role, Nicole Beharie, who's protraying Robinson's wife/widow Rachel 'Isum' Robinson, and Andre Holland (Miracle at St. Anna), who plays Wendell Smith, a sportswriter who influenced Robinson to become the first African American player in the 20th century. The production company used 600-700 local community extras and the Los Angeles Inflatable Group brought in 5,000 inflatables as seat fillers for the stadium. »
- Vanessa Martinez
With its Upfront presentation just a few days away, during which the network will unveil its official 2012-2013 schedule, NBC made a number of pilot announcements this week.
The struggling Peacock has ordered six shows to series, and we've got your first look below at cast portraits from each one, starting with...
Revolution: From J.J. Abrams, focuses on survivors in a world without electricity. Stars: Anna Lise Phillips, Graham Rogers, Tim Guiee, David Lyons, Billy Burke as Miles, Tracy Spiridakos, Andrea Roth, Maria Howell, Zak Orth, Giancarlo Esposito.
Animal Practice: Imagine Gregory House, as a veterinarian. »
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NBC is going big on comedies for next season. The network has already picked up three half-hour shows for 2012-13, and it's now adding two more -- "1600 Penn" and "Animal Practice" -- to its roster.
They join the previously picked up comedies "Go On," "The New Normal" and "Save Me," along with the drama "Revolution." The network will likely add a couple more dramas in the next few days before unveiling its schedule for next year on Monday (May 14).
"Animal Practice" (formerly called "Animal Kingdom") stars Justin Kirk ("Weeds") as a veterinarian who likes the animals he treats but tends to hate their owners. Alessandro Tanaka and Brian Gatewood ("The Sitter") created the show, which also stars Tyler Labine ("Reaper," "Mad Love"), Amy Huberman and Bobby Lee ("MADtv").
The White House-set "1600 Penn" stars Bill Pullman as the president of the United States -- presumably one not facing an alien invasion »
NBC bolstered its upcoming comedy roster by picking up the White House comedy "1600 Penn" and the office comedy "Animal Practice" (formerly "Animal Kingdom") to series Monday. The single-camera comedy "1600 Penn," from 20th Century Fox Television, revolves around a First Family in the White House "where all the kids are far from perfect." Bill Pullman (pictured) stars as President Gilchrist, while writer/producer Josh Gad plays Skip and Andre Holland plays Marshall Malloy and Amara Miller portrays Marigold. Jenna Elfman also stars. Also read: Ryan Murphy's 'The New Normal,' J.J. Abrams' 'Revolution' »
- Tim Kenneally
Some more TV pilot casting news... He already has a recurring role on CBS' A Gifted Man; now Eriq La Salle will be joining the cast of another new CBS series - a drama pilot called Widow Detective. The former ER star has landed a possible recurring role in the drama pilot from CSI producer Carol Mendelsohn, which "revolves around Denny, a decorated police officer (John Corbett) who becomes a surrogate husband, lover and father to families of three partners lost in the line of duty." La Salle will play Lt. Lutrell, a good friend of Denny's who came up through the ranks with him. Of course... Bbf duties abound for black actors in Hollywood. Second... Friends With Benefits actor Andre Holland has joined the cast of NBC’s White House comedy pilot 1600 Penn, which revolves around "a dysfunctional first family whose out-of-control oldest son (Josh Gad) returns home and »
NBC's slate of pilots run the gamut from hospitals and fire department to trailer parks and prison and even the White House. Here are the NBC pilots of the 2012-13 television season.
"Bad Girls": Amy Smart ("Shameless") and Jurnee Smollett ("Friday Night Lights") star in this drama about women in federal prison and their scandalous female warden. John Wells ("Shameless," "The West Wing") is the executive producer. It's based on a British series.
"Beautiful People": This drama set in the near future features a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids, who are treated as second-class citizens. Until the androids begin to awaken. Frances Conroy, David Conrad and Ernie Hudson have been cast.
"Chicago Fire": A new action drama that focuses on the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department, starring "House" alum Jesse Spencer, "Vampire Diaries" Taylor Kinney and executive-produced by "Law & Order's" Dick Wolf. »
Descendents co-star Amara Miller has landed a role in Fox’s White House drama pilot.
Miller will play the daughter of the president (Bill Pullman) in 1600 Penn. It’s the story a dysfunctional First Family in which the out-of-control oldest son (Josh Gad) returns home and becomes not only it’s biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. Brittany Snow and Andre Holland also star.
Miller scored her first role in The Descendents, playing George Clooney’s daughter.
- James Hibberd
Andre Holland has signed up for a role in NBC's pilot 1600 Penn. The comedy, which has been co-written by Barack Obama's former speechwriter Jon Lovett, focuses on the Us President and his dysfunctional family. Holland has now joined the cast of the project, TV Line says. He will play the White House Press Secretary in the comedy. Holland previously starred in (more) »
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Gabrielle Union has landed the lead in the BET pilot Single Black Female.
In other pilot news from our sister site:
• Karine Vanasse joins »
- Megan Masters
TV vet Judd Hirsch has signed on to the CBS untitled comedy written by Ben Falcone and Larry Dorf. The show centers on a man who loses everything in the real estate collapse and moves back in with his parents. Hirsch will play his dad. "1600 Penn" has also added Andre Holland to the White House comedy starring Bill Pullman as the President of the United States. Holland will play the Press Secretary. [Deadline]
"Pan Am's" Karine Vanasse has been cast in a guest-starring role in "Scruples," the pilot chronicling the world of a rich and powerful clothing designer. Her role on "Scruples" has the option to turn into a regular if the show is picked up for series and if "Pan Am" does not return. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Andre Holland has joined the cast of NBC's presidential comedy pilot "1600 Penn." "Friends With Benefits" actor Holland will play Marshall Malloy, the White House press secretary. Also read: Bill Pullman to Play the U.S. President -- Again -- in NBC Comedy "1600 Penn" The pilot, which follows a dysfunctional First Family, is co-written and co-executive produced by "Book of Mormon" co-star Josh Gad, who will also star as the out-of-control oldest son of the family, who returns home and "becomes not only it’s biggest liability but also the glue holding »
- Tim Kenneally
Andre Holland is heading to White House. The Friends With Benefits actor has joined the cast of NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot 1600 Penn, which revolves around a dysfunctional first family whose out-of-control oldest son (Josh Gad) returns home and becomes not only its biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. Holland will play White House Press Secretary Marshall Malloy. He joins Gad and Gad’s fictional overachieving sister Brittany Snow as well as Bill Pullman, who has been tapped to play the president in the Twentieth Century Fox TV project. Modern Family director Jason Winer, former Barack Obama speechwriter Jonathan
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