When I think of “Family Guy” creator/star Seth MacFarlane (above right) teaming up with another writer/creator for a live-action comedy series with Patrick Stewart (above left) as the star, Jonathan Ames (“Bored To Death”, HBO) is NOT the first name that springs to mind.
But that’s EXACTLY what’s up.
“Blunt Talk” centers on Walter Blunt (Stewart) a Brit who’s hit the American shores, determined to be THE name in cable news with his nightly interview show – which is also his vehicle to tell Americans how they should think, live, and behave – and the subsequential fallout from his well-meaning but silly decisions . And while everyone else is bananas (network bosses, his MANY ex-wives and children) the only guy who’s got his back is the alcoholic valet he brought with him to L.A.
As “Blunt Talk” is the brainchild of Ames (above), he’ll sit as exec producer, writer and showrunner – MacFarlane is also exec producing with his production company, Fuzzy Door.
Stewart, who also sits as producer on the series, has had a long working relationship with MacFarlane – starring in “American Dad” as well as lending his voice to random episodes of Family Guy and was the HILARIOUSLY amazing voice of the narrator for MacFarlane’s first live-action outing, Ted.
He says of his latest role as Walter Blunt, “My career took an abrupt and radical left turn when Seth McFarlane created CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock on “American Dad”. This new character, Walter Blunt, is not at all like Avery, thank God, because this is live-action and I am a Knight of the Realm. Blunt is, however, much smarter than Avery and has his own TV show, which has to be better than being Deputy Director of the CIA.”
As the project comes from MRC (Media Rights Capital), who blew up the live-streaming universe when their award-winning U.S. adaptation of the U.K. hit, “House Of Cards” (starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) earned them a two-season pickup from Netflix after the massive success of season one – has earned a a 20-episode, straight-to-series order from Starz for “Blunt Talk”. MRC also backed MacFarlane’s YouTube show, “Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy” and his feature films Ted and the upcoming A Million Ways To Die.
That’s TWO seasons for a show no one’s ever laid eyes on – that’s pretty friggin’ impressive.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht is also very excited by the project, saying “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. 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.”
Wonder if MacFarlane is gonna sing the theme song…I’m hoping that Ames has Stewart sing it like he does star Jason Schwartzman singing the theme to “Bored To Death”.
“Blunt Talk” has a target premiere date for sometime in 2015.
Well, that’s all I got from my end; what do you think? Sound off beloooooow!!!
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