Just when Jon Lovett thought he was out of politics, they pulled him back in. The 30-year-old former stand-up comic toiled over speeches for President Obama for three years before he quit in September 2011 to pursue comedy writing in Hollywood. "The one thing I didn't want to do was a show about the White House," he says. "I was too close to it." But on January 9, Lovett...
1600 Penn is about the First Family, but it's definitely not about politics.
"It takes a little bit of time, but we do quickly [get] to a show that concentrates more on the family dynamics where the White house is just a back drop," executive producer Mike Royce told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter previews. "That's a product of how we have to launch the stories that occur, but as we go along we're able to turn things more inward which I think is a more interesting place to be."
Before executive producer Greg Berlanti came in to pitch what would become Political Animals, USA Network wasn't actively looking for a series set in Washington, D.C. "We were probably as averse to [D.C. shows] as any network," says Bill McGoldrick, USA's executive vice president of original scripted programming.
Not wanting to alienate viewers, TV execs have mostly steered clear of...
NBC's 2012-2013 TV lineup is going to the dogs, the cats... and the White House?
NBC picked up the Presidential family comedy 1600 Penn and the Justin Kirk-led sitcom, Animal Practice, to series.
NBC orders Ryan Murphy comedy and J.J. Abrams action drama
From Modern Family's Jason Winer and Book of Mormon star...
Before the networks unveil their fall lineups in May, TVGuide.com has chosen the 13 most promising pilots: