By Heidi Glaus
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - Put simply: it's a show about a dysfunctional family that just happens to live at the most famous address in the country.
"Just imagine if your family were put in this situation where suddenly every move they make, every mistake they make in their personal lives could be caught on tape or amplified by the media," said Jason Winer, co-creator, director and executive producer of 1600 Penn.
It's a scary thought, but it's the kind of thing the runs through the minds of Winer and Josh Gad.
"I'm so happy I didn't wear that outfit today," Gad said.
They are two guys who decided to put those thoughts on paper and bring it all to life in your living room.
"It's purely family stories. You have some political storylines, but just enough to prompt the family story frankly," said Jenna Elfman, who plays First Lady Emily Gilchrist.
What you don't see is how many times that story is tweaked, or the extra addition to Elfman's shoes.
"There's these little plugs you put on the heels so that when you're walking in a scene and talking you're not making big, clunky heel sounds over lines," Elfman said.
Or how the crew reacts to Bill Pullman.
"Even when you're playing the president in a TV series, the crew treats you very well. They love saying 'Good morning, Mr. President' when I come on the set," Pullman said.
Good gig, now the cast and crew just have to sit back and see how viewers respond.
"I don't think people know what they're getting and when they see it's a family like their own, who happens to have a father as the President of the United States, I'm hoping that that clicks in a significant way," Gad said.
"And we cut! Really nice," Winer shouts.
You can check out 1600 Penn Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NewsChannel 5.