FROM Jason Winer
'1600 Penn' 1600 Penn is a family comedy set in the White House. It features Josh Gad (Book of Mormon star) who co-created it with our guests, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett. Winer is an old TV hand who's directed episodes of New Girl as well as the pilot and many subsequent episodes of Modern Family. But this is Lovett's first Hollywood gig. He comes to the TV business directly from the White House. He was a speechwriter for President Obama for three years. Before that wrote for Hillary Clinton for three years during her Senate reelection and presidential campaigns. While writing for Obama he had a hand in some of the famed Donald Trump jokes. Lovett and Winer talk about the culture clash between Hollywood and DC and how they found a way to work together.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.