“Blunt Talk,” is a new hilarious and smart new STARZ Original series starring Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek” franchise, X-Men franchise, Wolverine franchise), who received a 2016 Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy for his role in the series. Executive produced by Academy Award® nominee Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” Ted), The 10-episode half-hour series, set in Los Angeles, follows Walter Blunt (Stewart), a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news. Through the platform of his nightly news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. The witty comedy also stars Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, The Five-Year Engagement) as Rosalie, Blunt’s tough and motherly producer-manager, Adrian Scarborough (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables) as Harry, Blunt’s manservant, and Timm Sharp (“Enlightened,” “Til Death”).
What We Thought:
Patrick Stewart is fantastic in Blunt Talk. Every episode made me laugh and it’s a show I’ll be watching from now on.
I don’t get to see too many shows from paid cable till they hit Blu-ray/DVD so I’m always behind on them. I asked a few friends if they watched the show and they all seemed to like it. Watching it now, I can see why.
It reminds me of a mix of other shows I liked as well. Matthew Perry’s short-lived Go On comes to mind. He was a sportscaster that had to seek help through a support group and Stewart plays a journalist host (think Anderson Cooper) who gets help through co-workers, a therapist and meetings. Both shows are very character driven with dominate leads and great supporting characters.
It also reminds me of 30 Rock, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and other “behind the scenes of shows” shows. You get a look behind the curtain on how television gets made. Different guests come to Stewart’s show Blunt Talk and you see how they get treated, bumped for bigger stories and overall how guests and talk shows work.
But the show works because of Patrick Stewart. He is awesome in the show. He’s hilarious and has great interactions with every character. Whether it’s his long lasting working relationship with Jacki Weaver’s Rosalie, his father figure/mentor dynamics with Jim or Celia and his boss/subordinate relationship with Romany Malco’s character, Stewart and the cast gel together great.
Although the best and funniest relationship is with his man-servant Harry. Blunt was Harry’s military leader in England and Harry still calls him Major 30 years later. Even though he’s his servant, the relationship is more friendship with respect and trust than anything else. Stewart and Adrian Scarborough who plays Harry have a natural back & forth and great chemistry together. I probably laughed the most at their scenes.
Blunt Talk is a nice little 30 minute sitcom on paid cable. They get away with a little bit more because it is on Starz and I think that helps. You see a different side of Patrick Stewart and he reminds us of how great of an actor he is. In the pilot episode he does Shakespeare on his car and it’s hilarious, but also shows how talented he is. I liked the first season a lot and look forward to season 2.
- Inside the World of “Blunt Talk”
- First Look – Meet the Newsroom
- Walter & Harry
Cast & Crew:
- Patrick Stewart
- Romany Malco
- Jacki Weaver
- From Seth MacFarlane
Recommended If You Like:
- Go On
- 30 Rock
- Patrick Stewart