'1600 Penn': NBC Orders White House-Set Comedy And Justin Kirk Pilot To Series

05/08/2012 10:14 am ET | Updated May 08, 2012

NBC has added two new shows to its 2012-2013 slate. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the White House comedy "1600 Penn" has gotten a series order of 13 episodes.

The series was created by and co-stars "Book Of Mormon" Broadway star Josh Gad and stars Bill Pullman as the POTUS and Jenna Elfman as the First Lady and stepmother to the president's children. The Peacock network is getting a lot of "Book Of Mormon" talent: Andrew Rannells, the lead in the play, is starring in Ryan Murphy's "The New Normal," which was also just picked up.

The brains behind "1600 Penn" also include former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and "Modern Family" director Jason Winer. EW has confirmed the pickup.

Additionally, the network has ordered 13 episodes of "Animal Practice," a comedy revolving around a veterinarian (played by "Weeds" star Justin Kirk) who loves animals, but hates their owners.

"1600 Penn" and "Animal Practice" have been added to NBC's already intriguing list of new shows including comedies "The New Normal," "Save Me" and "Go On," as well as the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke drama following a family as they attempt to reunite in a post-apocalyptic world.

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