Starz is getting into business with Media Rights Capital – the independent studio behind Netflix’s House of Cards – Seth MacFarlane and X-Men alum Patrick Stewart.
The premium cable network has picked up a new half-hour scripted comedy titled Blunt Talk, with a 20 episode, two-season commitment. The series, from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and Bored To Death‘s Jonathan Ames, has Patrick Stewart attached to star and is part of Starz’s recent effort to get back into scripted comedy.
Blunt Talk follows 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 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.
The comedy series, which is expected to air 10 episodes a season beginning in 2015, was based on an idea from Jonathan Ames, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Seth MacFarlane, who previously worked with Patrick Stewart on American Dad, will also executive produce, with his production company Fuzzy Door Productions producing in association with MRC. Stewart will also serve as a producer on the 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”, said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “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.”
While Patrick Stewart added: “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.”