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Starz orders Seth MacFarlane comedy starring Patrick Stewart

6/17/2014
Starz orders Seth MacFarlane comedy starring Patrick Stewart © AP / Patrick Stewart Starz orders Seth MacFarlane comedy starring Patrick Stewart

By Natalie Abrams
TV Guide

Starz has given a two-season order to "Blunt Talk," a half-hour comedy from Seth MacFarlane starring Patrick Stewart, the network announced Tuesday.

The "X-Men" and "Star Trek vet will produce and star as Walter Blunt, a British TV journalist who moves to America to conquer the world of cable news. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children, Blunt's only ally is the alcoholic manservant he transplanted from the U.K. to Los Angeles. The series follows the fallout from Blunt's well-intentioned, but mostly misguided, decision-making both on and off the air.

"Blunt Talk," from MacFarlane ("Family Guy") and "Bored to Death" creator Jonathan Ames, was ordered straight-to-series for two 10-episode seasons.

"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," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. "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."

"Blunt Talk" is set to premiere in 2015.

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