Starz Locks Down New Patrick Stewart & Seth MacFarlane Comedy For Two Seasons
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.29.2014
Stewart to headline Blunt Talk...
Starz has announced they they have greenlit a two season order for a new half-hour scripted comedy from Seth MacFarlane starring Patrick Stewart. The series, titled Blunt Talk, was created by the Family Guy mastermind along with Bored to Death's Jonathan Ames and has been ordered straight-to-series with twenty episodes spread out over the two seasons.
The series is a character-driven comedy revolving around Walter Blunt (Stewart), a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news. Through the platform of his nightly interview show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt's only support is the alcoholic manservant he transplanted from the U.K. to join him in Los Angeles. The series follows the fallout from Blunt's well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air.
A straight-to-series order is rare, even among premium cable channels; this means it bypasses the pilot process of producing a sample episode for executives to see. A two-season straight-to-series order is even more rare, suggesting that Starz is deeply confident in the series and/or Stewart and MacFarlane's respective fanbases.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in the announcement, "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."
Stewart added, "My career took an abrupt and radical left turn when Seth MacFarlane created CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock on American Dad. This new character, Walter Blunt, is not at all like Avery, thank God, because this is live action and I am a Knight of the Realm. Blunt is, however, much smarter than Avery and has his own TV show, which has to be better than being Deputy Director of the CIA."