Starz has begun production on Blunt Talk, its latest original series entry.
The premium programmer has ordered 20 episodes of the half-hour scripted series from Media Rights Capital (House of Cards), with the first 10-installment campaign expected to premiere this summer.
Starring Patrick Stewart and executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames, Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davis, Blunt Talk is set in Los Angeles and follows British import Walter Blunt (Stewart), who is intent upon 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 interview 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 alcoholic manservant Harry (Adrian Scarborough, The King's Speech).
They are joined by Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) as Rosalie, Blunt’s tough and motherly producer-manager; Dolly Wells (Doll & Em) as Celia, Blunt’s head producer and writer; and Timm Sharp (Enlightened) who plays Jim, Blunt’s head writer. Richard Lewis (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will recur as Dr. Weiss, Blunt’s appointed therapist.