Premiering tonight on Starz is Blunt Talk, the new comedy series from Bored to Death creator/showrunner Jonathan Ames and executive producer Seth MacFarlane. The half-hour show stars Patrick Stewart as Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news. The problem? Blunt is out of control. As Allison said in her positive review:
Stewart careens through the series with a childlike, genteel mania, even as he snorts cocaine, shatters a man’s testicles, and demands to be spooned in his office. For some, the major appeal of Blunt Talk will be seeing such a venerable figure as Stewart engaging in sophomoric and reckless behaviors. But Stewart is at his most side-splitting when Blunt is simply being petulant.
I got to see the first few episodes, and they made me laugh out loud a lot. Stewart is fantastic in the role and his supporting cast – played by Jacki Weaver, Dolly Wells, Timm Sharp, and Karan Soni – all have moments to shine. It’s definitely worth your time.
Last week in NYC I landed a video interview with Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Ames. They talked about how the show came together, memorable moments from filming the first season, if Stewart based Blunt on Piers Morgan, and more. Here’s what they had to say:
Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Ames:
- How did the project come together?
- How Blunt is a good person at heart.
- True or not true: Stewart based Blunt on Piers Morgan?
- Memorable moments from filming the first season.