The former Star Trek: The Next Generation captain will play an opinionated British TV host bent on civilizing America from behind his cable news desk in Starz’s Blunt Talk, the network announced Tuesday.
The half-hour comedy, conceived by Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) and executive-produced by Ames and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), has received a supersized, straight-to-series order at the pay cabler: 20 episodes over two seasons.
Unlike Colbert’s The Colbert Report, Blunt Talk is a scripted series that follows Stewart’s borderline-alcoholic Walter Blunt as he conducts a nightly interview show and makes well-intentioned-yet-poor decisions regarding his network bosses, dysfunctional staff, ex-wives (yes, plural) and children.
In addition to helming the U.S.S. Enterprise for seven seasons — and in subsequent movies — Stewart plays Professor X in the X-Men film franchise. He also voices characters on MacFarlane’s American Dad! and Family Guy.
Blunt Talk is slated to premiere in 2015.Follow @kimroots