Watch 1600 Penn
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The television series 1600 Penn is a comedic take on a United States president and his dysfunctional family living in the White House. Bill Pullman (Independence Day) plays president Dale Gilchrist, the stern patriarch who, along with his wife Emily Nash-Gilchrist, played by Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg), attempts to run the country, while maintaining a normal life for his 4 charismatic children. The show begins with the Gilchrist's oldest son Skip (Josh Gad) returning home from college after an accidental fire, and unsuccessfully trying to help his father with his presidential duties. Meanwhile, Emily attempts to make good with her step children, Marigold (Amara Miller), and Xander (Benjamin Stockham), the two youngest, and Becca (Martha MacIsaac), the eldest teenage daughter, who resent her as a step mother. The lack of communication becomes a point of contention between Emily and the kids when Marigold and Xander speak only to Becca about their problems. Becca however, overcomes her animosity towards Emily, when she reveals to her that she is pregnant. The show is the brain child of co-star Josh Gad (Good Vibes), former White House speech writer Jon Lovett, and Jason Winer, the Emmy award winning writer and director of shows like Modern Family and Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23. The trio have experience working in television, and collaborated on this series, inspired by Lovett's time in the White House. The shows current network, NBC, green lighted the show when Gad agreed to sign on to the project. 1600 Penn, produced solely by 20th Century Fox, is NBC's attempt at producing a more family friendly comedy on its network, and has ordered 13 episodes of the series this season. The 22 minute long show fits into the 30 minute time slot allotted. Premiering mid-season in December of 2012, the pilot episode garnered 6.9 million viewers.