Starz Orders Seth MacFarlane Series Starring Patrick Stewart

Starz Orders Seth MacFarlane Series Starring Patrick Stewart

“Blunt Talk” will feature “Star Trek: The Next Generation” veteran as a British news personality who relocates to Los Angeles

Starz has given a 20-episode order to the series “Blunt Talk,” which will be executive produced by “Family Guy” boss Seth MacFarlane, with “X-Men's” Patrick Stewart starring.

The series hails from Media Rights Capital, with MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door Productions also executive producing. Jonathan Ames (“Bored to Death”) is also serving as executive producer, as well as writer and showrunner.

In “Blunt Talk,” Stewart will play Walter Blunt, 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.

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“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. “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.”

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MacFarlane added that he's “beyond thrilled” about the series.

“I'm beyond thrilled to be working with Jonathan Ames and Sir Patrick Stewart,” MacFarlane said. “Jonathan's creative talent is formidable, and his writing style is wholly original, hilarious, and provocative. And of course, Patrick Stewart is one of the greatest actors alive today. His skill and versatility are unmatched, and he will excel as the star of his own show. Thank you Starz for allowing us to bring Walter Blunt to life!”

The series will air in 2015.