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Starz orders new TV series from Seth MacFarlane starring Patrick Stewart

Apr. 30, 2014by:
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Seth MacFarlane and Patrick Stewart are teaming up for a new live-action television series called Blunt Talk for Starz, based on an idea from Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames. The network has commissioned a two-season 20-episode order for the comedy. Unfortunately, the series won't involve Patrick Stewart lighting up, however the premise still sounds kind of awesome.

Blunt Talk is a character-driven comedy revolving around Walter Blunt (Patrick 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 UK 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.

Patrick Stewart has voiced characters in Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy and American Dad, and was also the narrator in TED. Stewart had this to say about his new character and television series.

My career took an abrupt and radical left turn when Seth McFarlane 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.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht also had a few comments on his network's new TV series.

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.

Seth MacFarlane projects can be very hit-or-miss in my opinion, but Blunt Talk sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to see who they cast to play the alcoholic manservant. Patrick Stewart is a very funny dude, and I'm excited he'll be able to show off his comedic skills in Starz's new series.

You'll be able to see both Seth MacFarlane and Patrick Stewart on the big screen next month: Stewart's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens on May 23rd, and MacFarlane's A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST will be in theaters on May 30th.

Source: Deadline

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2:12PM on 04/30/2014
He's funny as hell on American Dad.
He's funny as hell on American Dad.
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1:08PM on 04/30/2014
A comedic twisted version of House of Cards but in the media world instead of political...or am I way off base here? I'd love to see Stewart's comedic side for once...
A comedic twisted version of House of Cards but in the media world instead of political...or am I way off base here? I'd love to see Stewart's comedic side for once...
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11:52AM on 04/30/2014

Unfortunately, the series won't involve Patrick Stewart lighting up, however the premise still sounds kind of awesome.

Really?.... Come on.
Really?.... Come on.
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10:35AM on 04/30/2014
Patrick Stewart and Seth McFarlane have had past success in both TV and movies, so I think this show might be the big hit Starz hopes to achieve. Sounds like a funny premise.
Patrick Stewart and Seth McFarlane have had past success in both TV and movies, so I think this show might be the big hit Starz hopes to achieve. Sounds like a funny premise.
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10:04AM on 04/30/2014
It'll probably be canceled in two seasons. All the good shows get canceled on Starz.
It'll probably be canceled in two seasons. All the good shows get canceled on Starz.
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9:31AM on 04/30/2014
Can we have Ian McKellen guest-star?
Can we have Ian McKellen guest-star?
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9:12AM on 04/30/2014

Dreams DO come true!!

A live action Seth Macfarlane produced show starring the coolest man over 70.
A live action Seth Macfarlane produced show starring the coolest man over 70.
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9:05AM on 04/30/2014
Please be Sir Ian McKellen as the alcoholic servant. That is my one and only request.
Please be Sir Ian McKellen as the alcoholic servant. That is my one and only request.
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8:58AM on 04/30/2014
I'm just intrigued by the fact that this new series will star Sir Patrick Stewart!!
I'm just intrigued by the fact that this new series will star Sir Patrick Stewart!!
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