Even though he’s been “running” around like crazy in the X-Men franchise, there’s been precious little of Patrick Stewart on the small screen since the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, that’s all about to change thanks to the man’s new Starz series, Blunt Talk.
From executive producer Seth MacFarlane and creator Jonathan Ames, the new series will see Stewart in the role of Walter Blunt, a British newscaster that moves to Los Angeles to host a talk show. Luckily for Walter, his alcoholism and overt drug use allow him to fit right into the Hollywood lifestyle.
Despite the potential comparisons we could draw to The Newsroom in terms of getting yet another show about a newscaster on premium cable, we won’t deny we’re totally open to the idea of seeing Stewart really let himself go for this role. If there’s one thing we’ll trust from MacFarlane, it’s solid R-rated humor involving stoners, and the potential of having his musings mixed with Stewart's acting ability and Ames’ writing (who created HBO’s Bored To Death) is something we couldn’t be more interested in.
The series also hails from Media Rights Capital, the company responsible for House of Cards and soon to be released feature films Chappie and Ted 2. Of course it’s that last one that probably led to this series happening in the first place, but the point is there’s a lot of talent going into what might have otherwise been a rather under-the-radar show both in front of and behind the camera.
As for this teaser, it’s doing a really good job of selling us on the likely insane antics of Walter and his habits. Hopefully, once we get a look at some actual show footage, we’ll be completely sold on the comedy of it all and have a reason to tune into Starz.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Does this series intrigue you? Will you be watching it when it premieres? Let us know in the comments.
Blunt Talk premieres this summer on Starz.