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President Obama to host ‘1600 Penn’ screening at the White House

Members of the new NBC sitcom “1600 Penn” will visit the real 1600 Penn on Wednesday, as President Obama will host a private screening for the cast and crew.

“1600 Penn” cast. (NBC/CHRIS HASTON/NBC)

Lovett left DC in September 2011 for a writing gig in Hollywood, and eventually met up with actor Josh Gad (who plays the president’s son on the show) and “Modern Family” director Jason Winer, who were looking to start a show about a kooky White House family. Thus, “1600 Penn” was born.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to write comedy and be creative,” Lovett told The Post’s Jason Horowitz in 2011 profile. “I would like to be able to write in my own voice.”

Though “1600 Penn” officially premieres Thursday night, about 7.2 million people watched the “sneak preview” when NBC aired the show’s pilot, right after “The Voice” finale in December.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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