7:04pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Orders White House Comedy '1600 Penn,' 'Animal Practice' to Series
NBC has picked up its fourth and fiffth comedy series for the 2012-13 TV season.
The network has ordered 13 episodes of 1600 Penn, a White House family comedy written by and co-starring The Book of Mormon's Josh Gad and penned by Modern Family helmer Jason Winer and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett.
Described as a Modern Family-type show set in the White House where all the kids are far from perfect, it stars Bill Pullman stars as the president of the United States, with Jenna Elfman, Gad, Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller and Benjamin Stockham rounding out the cast. Gad will write and executive produce alongside Lovett. Winer will exec produce and direct the single-camera effort from 20th Television.
In addition, the network has ordered 13 episodes of Animal Practice. The office comedy from Universal Television revolves around a House-like veterinarian (Justin Kirk) who loves animals but typically hates their owners.
Tyler Labine, Bobby Lee and Amy Huberman co-star in the project that hails from exec producers/writers Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka; exec producers include Scott Armstrong, Ravi Nandan and Anthony and Joe Russo , who will direct the single-camera project.
The pickups join previously picked up comedies Go On, with Matthew Perry; Save Me with Anne Heche; The New Normal from Glee's Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler; and drama Revolution, from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke.