'1600 Penn' not a 'political show'

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

Read Josh Gad's lips.

No new taxes.

Oh, wait, that's not it. But Gad does want to make one thing perfectly clear about his new series, 1600 Penn.

"It's absolutely not a political show," Gad says. "And I can't emphasize that enough, because we never set out to make a political show.

"There are so many great political shows out there, from The West Wing to Veep. We wanted to make a show about a family that happens to live in a world where they are surrounded by politics.

"There's an absolute necessity for people to relate to this family. Because if you don't relate to the family, what are you watching it for, you know? What are you really tuning in for?"

Good question.

I think 1600 Penn is even simpler than that. Basically, do you find Josh Gad funny? If you do, you'll like this. If not, you'll find it kind of annoying.

"This is a character who can come across as annoying," Gad admits. "It's a dangerous thing to play."

 


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