NBC’s new series 1600 Penn “So You Don’t Want to Dance” Episode 3 airs Thursday, January 17 on NBC (9:30-10 p.m. ET)
Episode Synopsis: In an attempt to rally votes for new educational reforms, President Gilchrist (Bill Pullman) and First Lady Emily (Jenna Elfman) hold an extravagant gala to gain the support of the unlikable Senator Thoroughgood (guest star Stacy Keach), who attends with his wife Bunny (guest star Constance Towers). Meanwhile, Skip (Josh Gad) builds the confidence to ask Stacey (guest star Susan Park), the mailroom clerk, to the event. Elsewhere, Becca (Martha MacIsaac) reveals a hidden past between her and Marshall (Andre Holland). Amara Miller and Benjamin Stockham also star.
The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues – like a grown kid who’s forced to move back home, children who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma and Greg”) desperately trying to win over the kids. They’re loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everybody else. With one exception: they live in a very special house. The White House! Whether it’s entertaining foreign dignitaries, sneaking away for a night out, dealing with middle school crushes or putting out fires – figuratively and sometimes literally – there’s never a dull moment in the Gilchrist White House. For example, the First Son (Josh Gad, star of Broadway sensation “The Book of Mormon”) is one of the administration’s biggest liabilities, but also the glue that holds this family together. The President (Bill Pullman, “Independence Day,” “While You Were Sleeping”) knows too well that the only thing harder than being Head of State is being head of the family. Also starring are Martha MacIsaac (“Superbad”), Andre Holland (“Friends with Benefits”), Amara Miller (“The Descendants”) and Benjamin Stockham (“Sons of Tucson”). “Modern Family” meets “The West Wing” in this election-year comedy from Emmy-winning executive producer/director Jason Winer (“Modern Family”). The executive producers are Winer, Gad and Jon Lovett (former White House speechwriter). Winer also directed the pilot.