NBC adds two more comedies: ‘1600 Penn,’ ‘Animal Practice’
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NBC added more comedy to its roster with pickups for ‘1600 Penn’ and ‘Animal Practice,’ the network confirmed Monday.
‘1600 Penn’ is a White House family comedy, with Bill Pullman making his return as president (this time, there are no aliens as there were in ‘Independence Day’). While HBO’s ‘Veep’ takes a satirical look at the life inside the vice president’s office, ‘1600 Penn’ is more in the vein of ‘Modern Family,’ looking at the dysfunctional first family.
The series, which comes from ‘Modern Family’ director Jason Winer, former speechwriter to President Obama Jon Lovett and ‘Book of Mormon’s’ Josh Gad (who will also co-star in it), has received a 13-episode order.
Also getting a 13-episode order is office comedy ‘Animal Practice.’ The series centers on a veterinarian, played by Justin Kirk (‘Weeds’), who loves animals but loathes their owners. Sort of like that other grumpy doc, ‘House,’ only with animals.
The comedies join the Matthew Perry-helmed ‘Go On,’ ‘Save Me’ with Anne Heche,’ the J.J. Abrams-produced drama ‘Revolution’ and Ryan Murphy’s ‘The New Normal.’
— Yvonne Villarreal