Full of confidence, Starz has greenlighted not one, but two seasons of a new comedy that comes from the so far successful collaboration between Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Stewart, and the studio Media Rights Capital.
The orders calls for 20 episodes split in half across two seasons of ‘Blunt Talk,’ an original live-action scripted comedy from MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames (‘Bored to Death’). Ames will serve as producer, writer, and showrunner.
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‘Blunt Talk’ stars Patrick Stewart as Walter Blunt, a British ex-pat intent on conquering the world of American cable news through his nightly interview program. Blunt is set to impart his wisdom and guidance on Americans, telling them how they should live their lives, all while dealing with network bosses, an incompetent staff, and an apparent group of ex-wives and children.
His only supporter is his alcoholic manservant who joined in the trek from the U.K. to L.A.
Stewart and MacFarlane have often worked together, with the noted British actor lending his voice to ‘American Dad,’ as well as MacFarlane’s first feature film ‘Ted’ and the documentary series ‘Cosmos.’ MRC meanwhile is the studio behind ‘Ted,’ the forthcoming sequel, and MacFarlane’s next feature release and acting debut, ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’
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With ‘Blunt Talk,’ MacFarlane will now have a quartet of shows on television in 2015: the long-running ‘Family Guy’ on FOX, ‘American Dad’ on TBS, and his new comedy ‘Bordertown,’ also on FOX. ‘Blunt Talk,’ unlike those comedies however, is live-action.