Patrick Stewart is no stranger to comedy, if his delightful friendship with fellow Brit Ian McKellen is any indication. Now, the actor is taking his talent for humor from the Twitter timeline to the small screen, where he's set to star in a series produced by Seth MacFarlane.
Stewart will play the lead in "Blunt Talk," a half-hour comedy on the Starz network, which focuses on Walter Blunt, a British newscaster hoping to make the leap to American cable news. The show was created and will be co-produced by Jonathan Ames (HBO's "Bored to Death").
MacFarlane and Stewart previously collaborated together on MacFarlane's animated Fox series, "American Dad," for which Stewart has provided some voiceover work.
"In the character of Walter Blunt, Seth, Jonathan and Patrick have found the alchemy that makes a borderline alcoholic, mad-genius-Brit the man you want fighting in America's corner," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "Seth and Jonathan have struck the right balance between biting wit and outright absurdity in building this world, and we cannot wait for Patrick to breathe life into Walter."
Starz has already committed to producing two seasons and 20 episodes of the series, after it won a bidding war for the show with Showtime and Netflix. "Blunt Talk" is set to premiere sometime next year.
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