Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Starz Announces 2-Season Pickup of Comedy 'Blunt Talk' Starring Patrick Stewart & Created by Seth MacFarlane & Jonathan Ames

Starz today announced a two-season, 20-episode pickup of Blunt Talk, a half-hour scripted comedy series created by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) and Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) and to star Patrick Stewart (the X-Men franchise). Blunt Talk will premiere on the cable network in 2015.

Blunt Talk 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.

Ames, who originated the idea for the series, will serve as executive producer, writer and showrunner. MacFarlane will also executive produce. Stewart will serve as producer. Media Rights Capital (MRC) and Fuzzy Door Productions, Inc. will produce the series.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says, "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."

"We have wanted to work with Chris Albrecht for years. His instinct for character-driven series is unparalleled and he is not afraid to push the boundaries," said Modi Wiczyk, Co-CEO of MRC. "We are lucky to have Seth, Jonathan and Patrick teaming up for this series and couldn't be prouder to be supporting them."

"I'm beyond thrilled to be working with Jonathan Ames and Sir Patrick Stewart," says Seth MacFarlane. "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!"

Jonathan Ames notes, "It's been a delight to collaborate on Blunt Talk with two such talented and strange men as Seth MacFarlane and Patrick Stewart. The only problem is that sometimes on conference calls Seth will uncannily recreate Patrick's voice, and I'm not sure who's talking, but other than that it's been smooth sailing. I'm beyond pleased to have the opportunity to work with MRC, Chris Albrecht and Starz."

Lastly, Patrick Stewart adds, "My career took an abrupt and radical left turn when Seth MacFarlane created CIA Deputy 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."