Well, that didn’t take very long. Patrick Stewart, fresh off his triumphant run on Broadway with Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, has inked a deal for his next project. Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Captain Picard will star in and co-produce Blunt Talk, a half-hour scripted comedy for STARZ. The network announced that they’d given the show – from Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames –a two-season, 20-episode order. MacFarlane, as fans Star Trek fans know, guest starred as Rivers in the Enterprise episodes “The Forgotten” and “Affliction.”
Blunt Talk, set to debut in 2015, will center on Walter Blunt (Stewart), a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news. Via his nightly L.A.-based interview show, Blunt aims to share his wisdom and guidance as to how Americans should live, think and behave. Meanwhile, he has only his alcoholic manservant, who came over with him from the U.K., to help him contend with a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages. Each episode, according to a STARZ press release, will follow the fallout from Blunt’s well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air.
“My career took an abrupt and radical left turn when Seth MacFarlane created CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock on American Dad,” Stewart said in a statement. “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.”