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Cast Of New NBC Sitcom ’1600 Penn’ Gives Good Photoshop: Reviews For Mid-Season Replacement Mixed

Judging by the look of the overly photoshopped cast photo for the mid-season replacement 1600 Penn, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that each of the actors was photographed on different continents. The NBC sitcom, created by, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and Modern Family director  Jason Winer, officially premieres tonight on NBC after first airing on December 17. The creators told Kim Masters, the host of the KCRW radio show The Business, the fact that NBC bumped the show from the fall schedule at the last minute ultimately worked in their favor. After deciding it would be a mid-season replacement, the network increased their order from 6 to 13 episodes. Early reviews for the show have been mixed.

USA Today‘s Robert Bianco wrote:

So what a returning audience will find tonight, in Penn’s “official” premiere, is a sitcom that has moved from agreeably silly to disagreeably dumb, a regression no network should want to see.

Equally unenthusiastic was Hank Steuver of The Washington Post:

NBC’s White House sitcom “1600 Penn” comes off as a fairly formulaic yet occasionally bright return to an old premise: Wouldn’t it be funny if the first family was just as madcap and dysfunctional as the rest of television’s manufactured broods.

The official promo for the show ends with a chair in the Oval Office being accidentally set on fire and thrown out of a window onto the White House lawn while President Bill Pullman is conversing with members of the press. Luckily, NBC can still count on The Voice returning this spring.

 

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