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Political Novelist Helps Create ‘Jack and Bobby’

Brad Meltzer, author of the best-selling Capitol Hill-based thriller “The Zero Game,” is lending his talent to a new political drama set to premiere Sunday.

A cross between “The West Wing” and “The O.C.,” “Jack and Bobby” is a brand new family drama series about two brothers, one of whom will grow up to be the president of the United States. Co-created by Meltzer and fellow author Brad Cohen, the show is set in the present day and uses flash-forward interviews with the future president’s staff, friends and first lady to explain how a seemingly ordinary teenage boy became a great world leader.

Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti portrays the boys’ eccentric mother in the show, which plays on the age-old American theme that anyone can be president.

“Jack and Bobby” premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on the WB.

See Films From Around the World at NGA

If a vacation is not on the horizon for the next few months, let the National Gallery of Art take you to places such as Africa, Mexico, Germany, France, the South Pacific, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.

No, the NGA is not handing out plane tickets for coach seating. Rather, the National Gallery is looking for 465 film lovers to fill up the stadium-style seating of the East Building Auditorium as it features works by a handful of filmmakers.

This fall, films by Raymond Depardon, Boris Barnet, Amy Stechler, F.W. Murnau, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Samira Makhmalbaf, Hana Makhmalbaf, Marziyeh Meshkini, Yousef Chahine and Jean-Luc Godard will fill the theater’s state-of-the-art widescreen in a variety of genres, including comedy, historical, tragedy, melodrama, narrative and experimental.

The showings began last weekend and will continue through January. A complete listing of the film schedule can be found at

All film programs are free and open to the public. The East Building Auditorium, at Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest, offers seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Arriving 10 minutes before show time is recommended.

— John McArdle and Jennifer Lash

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