Sir Patrick Stewart will be seen in a new comedy from Seth MacFarlane, beginning next year.
The comedy, Blunt Talk, will be executive produced by MacFarlane. Jonathan Ames created Blunt Talk and will be the showrunner for the series.
In Blunt Talk, Stewart will “play a Stephen Colbert-type character as a British TV host of a cable news show.” The character, Walter Blunt, is “is a borderline-alcoholic who presents a nightly interview show and deals with his network bosses, staff and family.”
“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,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “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.”
“It’s been a delight to collaborate on Blunt Talk with two such talented and strange men as Seth MacFarlane and Patrick Stewart,” said Ames. “The only problem is that sometimes on conference calls Seth will uncannily recreate Patrick’s voice, and I’m not sure who’s talking, but other than that it’s been smooth sailing.”
Blunt Talk is expected to run for twenty episodes over two seasons, beginning in 2015.