Blunt Talk Series Premiere Recap

Blunt Talk: Did Patrick Stewart's Boozy, Newsy Comedy Get You Buzzed?

God save the Queen Walter Blunt’s liver.

Because if the British news anchor at the forefront of Starz’s Blunt Talk continues the way he’s going in the series premiere, he’ll pickle himself by the end of the season.

In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you thought of the half-hour comedy. But first, a quick recap:

Patrick Stewart plays Walter, who is essentially the anti-Picard: a drunken mess of a man who appears before millions on a cable news show each evening but who barely can button his own shirt without the help of his (similarly inebriated) valet/war buddy, Harry.

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We meet Walter as he drinks in a bar, rambling to the bartender and shrugging off the stalling tactics of the pianist — Brent Spiner, in a nod to the Star Trek: The Next Generation looky-loos out there — before entering his car, getting high/more drunk and picking up a transsexual hooker named Gisele.

A brief but tense interaction with the Los Angeles Police Department later, Walter is in a lot of trouble with his bosses at the cable network. The network’s solution to his PR nightmare includes him undergoing therapy (comedian Richard Lewis plays Dr. Weiss); Walter’s solution includes him interviewing himself on his show — a plan that goes even more awry when he takes a lot of drugs and passes out on set.

Along the way, we meet Walter’s staff, which includes executive producer Rosalie (played by Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook), neophyte segment producer Martin (Karan Soni, Betas), senior producer Jim (Timm Sharp, Enlightened), and senior producer Celia (Dolly Wells, Doll & Em).

Walter’s infantile antics are the source of the series’ comedy, though in future episodes, his subordinates get into their own trouble. And watching Stewart play against type is a treat; the worse Walter’s situation becomes, the better Stewart is.

Now we want to know what you thought. Grade Blunt Talk‘s series premiere via the poll below, then elaborate on your pick in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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8 Comments
  1. Walter Freeman says:

    Watched the first two episodes online. Great potential.

    Too early to tell if they’ll followthrough long term, but I LOL’d.

    • AtlLady says:

      If (and that can be a big if) rumors are true, the first 3 episodes are the weakest ones. If (that big old if again) this is true, I will have to wrap my ribs to keep from breaking them with laughter. Blunt Talk and Schitt’s Creek are the two best bizarre comedy series to come down the pike since Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

  2. awesome episode 1 can’t wait for second episode

  3. James D says:

    best show ever. Maybe not but still very good. Patrick Stewart is delightful as he plays Blunt as a mad man but one with vulnerability and charm. all I can say is thank god for the British, they have an uncanny ability for self referential humor I laughed so hard when Gizelle asked if it offended him and he said “no I’m English.” can’t wait for the next episode. Good on you Sir Stewart.

  4. cc says:

    Amazing comedy! Definitely unlike most comedy shows on US television. Patrick Stewart makes the character’s eccentricities hilarious!

  5. Belle says:

    I really had no idea what to expect from this, but after seeing it I’m psyched for more :) LOVE IT

  6. Malissa R. says:

    I was really excited for this show, but unfortunately was ultimately disappointed. I love Patrick Stewart, but I found the show overall kind of dull. I’ll give it another shot next week and hope it’s more engaging before throwing in the towel.

  7. Martina says:

    I thought this was hilarious, I read a review somewhere a couple of days ago, the author stated they “didn’t laugh once”. They must have no sense of humour & should cease reviewing comedies! Can’t wait for the next one.