It’s been about 21 years since Patrick Stewart was a star of a television show. Returning to the small screen, Sir Patrick walks a tightrope of moral turpitude as Walter Blunt, a nightly news anchor who is just trying to carve his own niche into the world. Backed by a cadre of similarly troubled souls, Jonathan Ames created a comedy that features characters exploring life’s highs and lows.
Kicking off with a stellar first episode, Blunt Talk looks to be one raucous adventure when it officially lands on Starz on August 22nd. We sat down with the show’s stars Sir Patrick Stewart, Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough, as well as creator and writer Jonathan Ames for a brief chat about what the new series has in store…
Episodes one and two are available for free via Starz. Here’s the official series synopsis:
Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air. The series will premiere on STARZ in the summer of 2015.
Through the platform of his nightly cable news 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 is greenlit for a two-season, 20-episode commitment.