Starz Orders BLUNT TALK from Seth MacFarlane starring Patrick Stewart
By Clarke Wolfe on April 29, 2014
Starz just ordered 20 episodes of awesome with the new Seth MacFarlane/Jonathan Ames show Blunt Talk, starring Sir Patrick Stewart. The show will premiere in 2015.
MacFarlane, of Family Guy and Ted fame, voiced his excitement for the new show, saying, “I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Jonathan Ames and Sir Patrick Stewart. Jonathan’s creative talent is formidable, and his writing style is wholly original, hilarious, and provocative. And of course, Patrick Stewart is one of the greatest actors alive today. His skill and versatility are unmatched, and he will excel as the star of his own show. Thank you, Starz, for allowing us to bring Walter Blunt to life!”
Blunt Talk is the story of Walter Blunt (Stewart), a British journalist determined to make his mark on American news via his own cable news talk show. Unfortunately for Blunt, network executives and incompetent show staffers, as well as his less than perfect relationship with his ex-wives and children, provide additional challenges.
Chris Albrecht, the CEO of Starz, also demonstrated confidence in Blunt Talk, saying, “In the character of Walter Blunt, Seth, Jonathan and Patrick have found the alchemy that makes a borderline alcoholic, mad-genius-Brit the man you want fighting in America’s corner. Seth and Jonathan have struck the right balance between biting wit and outright absurdity in building this world, and we cannot wait for Patrick to breathe life into Walter.”
This sounds absolutely fantastic. I know I’m always a fan of Sir Patrick when he does comedy (Extras or Robin Hood: Men In Tights, anybody?) and can’t wait to see him take on the role of a cable news “journalist,” especially with Ames as showrunner and MacFarlane overseeing the project. What are your thoughts on this? Could Blunt Talk fill the Colbert Report shaped hole in our hearts come 2015? Comment below!