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The cast and producers of NBC's newest comedy, 1600 Penn, will take questions on what it's like to be the first on-screen family of the White House at the National Press Club on Wednesday, January 9, at 12 noon in the First Amendment Lounge.
Cast members Jenna Elfman ("Dharma & Greg"), Bill Pullman ("Independence Day"), Martha MacIsaac ("Superbad"), Andre Holland ("Friends with Benefits") , Josh Gad ("21") and producers of the show Jason Winer ("Modern Family"), Jon Lovett and Mike Royce ("Everybody Loves Raymond") will hold a roundtable discussion. Media are invited to view the pilot episode at 12:00p.m., with the Q &A discussion starting at 12:30p.m. Press Club President, Theresa Werner will moderate.
1600 Penn takes an inside-look at what it is like to raise a family inside the White House. Produced by 20th Century Fox, this election-year comedy highlights the "Gilchrists", an average American family living under one big roof as the Nation's first family and dealing with everyday struggles inside the Oval Office.
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NBC's new midseason comedy 1600 PENN is premiering Thursday, January 10 (9:30-10 p.m. ET) with a sneak preview airing Monday, December 17 (9:30-10 p.m. ET), following The Voice live final performance episode.
In 1600 PENN, the Gilchrists are an American family that deals with ordinary problems under extraordinary circumstances. Sure, we all make mistakes, but theirs just happen to make the evening news. They're loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everybody else. With one exception: they live in a very special house -- the White House.
President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman, "Independence Day," "While You Were Sleeping") is trying to perform the important duties of his job while also doing right by his family - not an easy task when his place of work just happens to be the Oval Office. First Son Skip (Josh Gad, star of Broadway sensation "The Book of Mormon," "21") is one of the administration's biggest liabilities and his clumsy attempts to earn his father's respect often go awry. Yet, despite his many well-intentioned yet misguided efforts, he is the glue that holds this family together.
Stepmom Emily (Jenna Elfman, "Dharma and Greg," "Accidentally on Purpose") is desperately trying to win over the affections of the kids -- including overachieving daughter Becca (Martha MacIsaac, "Superbad"), who is facing her first lapse of judgment, and twins, Xander (Benjamin Stockham, "Sons of Tucson") and Marigold (Amara Miller, "The Descendants") -- but the brood somehow manages to stay one step ahead of Emily.
Always in the president's corner is Marshall Malloy (Andre Holland, "Friends with Benefits"), the savvy and loyAl White House Press Secretary, whose biggest challenge is cleaning up after the Gilchrists. Whether it's entertaining foreign dignitaries or sneaking away for a night out, dealing with middle-school crushes or putting out fires, figuratively and sometimes literally, there's never a dull moment inside the Gilchrist White House.