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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Starz Orders Two Seasons of 'Blunt Talk', a New Comedy Created by Jonathan Ames and Starring Patrick Stewart

Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames is returning to TV with a new show. Pay cable network Starz has ordered 20 episodes of Blunt Talk, a new scripted comedy created by Ames (who will also serve as showrunner), produced by Seth MacFarlane, and starring Patrick Stewart. The 20 episodes will be split across two seasons, and the show will debut in 2015.

Blunt Talk will star Stewart as Walter Blunt, the British host of an American cable news show in which he gives advice on how Americans should live their lives, while dealing with a dysfunctional staff, network bosses, multiple ex-wives and children, and his British alcoholic manservant.

This is Seth MacFarlane's first foray into premium cable television (all of his shows so far have been at Fox) and Jonathan Ames's first series since his HBO cult hit Bored to Death was canceled in 2011. Ames is also working on a 90-minute Bored to Death movie for HBO and another film project with star Jason Schwartzman, but it looks like Blunt Talk will take priority over those now.