Even though they had me at ‘starring Patrick Stewart’, the fact that the new Starz scripted comedy series, Blunt Talk, comes from the mind palace of series creator Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death), who will also executive produce along with Seth MacFarlane, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis, is all the more reason to check it out when it premieres this summer. It sounds like U.S. cable channel, Starz, is equally as high on it giving them a 20-episode, 2 series commitment up front.
The series, which is set in Los Angeles, follows Walter Blunt (Stewart), a Brit who’s intent on taking over American cable news, and the fallout from his unintentional, yet misguided decision making both on air and off. Besieged by his network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, ex-wives and children, Blunt’s only support is the alcoholic manservant, played by Adrian Scarborough (The King’s Speech, Gavin & Stacey), that he transplanted from the UK to join him on the west coast.
As if Patrick Stewart doesn’t already have enough fun goofing around with Ian McKellen on all kinds of levels, Stewart’s character, through the platform of his nightly interview show, has one simple mission in mind. His goal is to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. No biggie. ‘Helping’ him along the way is Richard Lewis (Curb Your Enthusiasm) who will be seen regularly as Dr. Weiss, Blunt’s therapist, Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) plays Rosalie, Blunt’s tough and motherly producer-manager; Dolly Wells (Doll & Em) plays Celia, Blunt’s head producer and writer and Timm Sharp (Enlightened) plays Jim, Blunt’s head writer.
Look for Blunt Talk beginning this summer on Starz.