Starz Sets Late-Summer Saturday-Night Comedy Block

To Premiere 'Blunt Talk,' Return 'Survivor's Remorse' August 22

Starz has slated a Saturday-night comedy block to begin in mid-August when it debuts the new Seth MacFarlane series Blunt Talk and returns LeBron James's Survivor's Remorse for its sophomore season.

The hour-long comedy block will kick off on August 22 at 9 p.m. with the back-to-back premieres, Starz said. Both of the half-hour scripted series will run for 10 weeks.

Blunt Talk (pictured) stars Patrick Stewart as Brit Walter Blunt, living in L.A. and intent on conquering American cable news. That, and the fallout from his "well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air," supply the laughs in a twist on HBO's The Newsroom meets -- via Blunt Talk creator/showrunner Jonathan Ames -- its Bored to Death (which also had a bad-decisions-in-a-news-workplace angle in Ted Danson's magazine editor George Christopher) meets Showtime's Episodes (British writers abroad in Cali).

Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) co-stars as Rosalie, Blunt’s tough, motherly producer-manager, and Adrian Scarborough (The King’s Speech) as Harry, his hard-drinking, devoted, transplanted manservant. MacFarlane is executive producer for the ensemble series, which has been greenlit for two seasons.

Survivor's Remorse, which picked up four additional episodes from its six-episode first season, is also an ensemble workplace-themed comedy, following the chaotic, meteoric rise of a young basketball star, Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), as he and his family navigate the ups and downs of newfound fame. Mike O’Malley, an Emmy-nominated actor for his role on Glee, is EP/showrunner, and a number of sports figures are attached as EPs, including NBA star James with his business partner Maverick Carter, a sports marketing executive, and Tom Werner, chairman of the Boston Red Sox. Their participation gave season one an authenticity that caught on with critics and fans.