Since it’s pick-up we’ve been closely following NBC’s upcoming comedy pilot 1600 Penn, which will see the network returning to the White House in full form for the first time since The West Wing. The already impressive cast has been continuing to form more and more as the pilot gets ready for production later this month. Now, someone else will be making her comedy return, and as one of the highest positions in the government.
TV Line reports that Jenna Elfman has been cast as the First Lady of 1600 Penn, who will play the wife of Bill Pullman, previously cast in the role of the President. Elfman is the matriarch of a family that consists of currently three children: Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon), Brittany Snow (Harry’s Law, American Dreams), and Amara Miller (The Descendants).
Gad plays the eldest son Skip who is thrust back into the political life of the family after being the clumsy liability out of the spotlight. Ironically enough, he’s also the glue that holds the dysfunctional family together. Snow plays Becca, the overachieving perfectionist, while Miller will play Marigold, who is a tough child and yet one half of a pair of 13-year-old twins.
If NBC gives the series an order, this will be Elfman’s first regular role on television since her failed CBS comedyAccidentally on Purpose. This would also be Elfman’s first appearance on NBC in a regular series, as she’s appeared on various shows My Name is Earl and The Single Guy before.
The single-camera comedy pilot is set to be directed by co-creator Jason Winer (Modern Family), who created the series with Jon Lovett and Josh Gad. Gad helped write the pilot, and will be receiving an EP/creator credit if the series is indeed picked up.