I managed to get my hands on the pilot script for Patrick Stewart’s upcoming show Blunt Talk almost a year ago, and have spent the time since looking forward to this very day: the day when we get our first glimpse of a swearing, sexing, coke-snorting, and just generally and utterly debauched Stewart. The trailer isn’t exactly disappointing, although it does seem far, far tamer than what I think we can ultimately expect from this show, which is produced by Seth MacFarlane (ugh, I know), and premiering on Starz next summer. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air…Through the platform of his nightly cable news 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.That description makes it sound like it has the potential to be broad laugh-tracked boredom, but I’m still hopeful that this will be more in line with the Network meets Californication meets Malcolm Tucker vibe the script promises. Starz seems optimistic, at least. They’ve signed on for a full two seasons (20 episodes) right off the bat.