Patrick Stewart is a naturally funny guy, and Seth MacFarlane tries hard to be funny, so it seems natural (?) that they’d team up for a new Starz comedy series called Blunt Talk. Surprisingly, it’s not about weed, but instead about Walter Blunt (played by Stewart), a British TV host who wants to take over America and make his mark. Oh, and he’ll have an alcoholic manservant he brings over from the UK, as well. Sounds awesome, right?
Here’s the scoop from Screen Crush:
Said MacFarlane of the news:
I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Jonathan Ames and Sir Patrick Stewart. Jonathan’s creative talent is formidable, and his writing style is wholly original, hilarious, and provocative. And of course, Patrick Stewart is one of the greatest actors alive today. His skill and versatility are unmatched, and he will excel as the star of his own show. Thank you, Starz, for allowing us to bring Walter Blunt to life!
Stewart too chimed in:
My career took an abrupt and radical left turn when Seth McFarlane created CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock on ‘American Dad.’ This new character, Walter Blunt, is not at all like Avery, thank God, because this is live action and I am a Knight of the Realm. Blunt is, however, much smarter than Avery and has his own TV show, which has to be better than being Deputy Director of the CIA.
Apparently Starz execs were pretty thrilled with the show premise enough to give it a 20 episode order, which is impressive! I would watch Patrick Stewart in pretty much anything, though, so I’ll totally be into this. Also, if I’m remembering right, Patrick did a voice role on Family Guy before, so there is a bit of a precedent there!
April 30, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jennifer
Family Guy had a “what the hell?” moment when they killed off one of the most beloved characters, Brian the dog. It was a move that shocked viewers, especially because it was done in a pretty graphic way, and they even “treated” us to a shot of Brian’s mangled and blodied body. Well, good news everyone, they brought him back. Were they always planning to bring him back? Seth MacFarlane tweeted this:
I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be fucking high.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 16, 2013
I admit, I laughed out loud, and I’m not even a fan of Mr. MacFarlane. The death seemed so permanent though — they got a dog to replace him who even took his spot in the opening credits.
I’m glad Brian’s back and I don’t even watch the show regularly. Maybe they’ll bring the jokes with him. Because the show could use some good jokes. Not that bullshit, “that reminds me of the time I went gokart racing with Bea Arthur in the early ’80s” kind of joke they’re so fond of.
Are you guys relieved he’s back? Honestly, I hate when cartoons get “too real.” Weirds me out.
December 17, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Seth MacFarlane already has animated shows The Cleveland Show, American Dad, and of course Family Guy on Fox, and now they’re giving him one more: Bordertown. Critics didn’t like his latest show, Dads, so whatever, let’s give him one more. Man, this guy has some power. From Contact Music:
The show was originally conceived by [Ted director Mark] Hentemann, and is set in the fictitious Texan town of Bordertown, where the ongoing cultural shifts running through America will be explored in each episode, probably in the least politically correct way possible.
The show will revolve around the daily lives of two neighbours: Bud Buckwald, a married family man who works as a border patrol agent and is struggling to come to terms with the cultural changes occurring around him; and Ernesto Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant who is proud of the roots he and his family are developing in their adopted homeland. The series develops as each neighbour becomes more connected with the other and with this being a MacFarlane series, expect stereotypes to be exploited to their maximum potential.
This makes me miss King of the Hill so badly. Did you know they took it off Netflix? :(
EVERYONE TALK ABOUT KING OF THE HILL!
November 9, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Seth MacFarlane got a lot of backlash from viewers and critics when he hosted the Oscars. Thankfully he is not coming back to host this year. I say “thankfully” not because I hated him, but because I was so sick of hearing about how much people hated him.
So perhaps Mr. MacFarlane is already on thin ice with TV critics and they’re just waiting to tear into him. Their time has come. McFarlane’s new sitcom, Dads, starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, is getting a Whitney-style beatdown. Here’s what some reviews are saying (via the L.A. Times):
“If the two whiny sons and their equally unlikable fathers aren’t enough to push you away, the boorish childishness of the show’s obvious efforts to offend should do the trick.” — USA Today
“Material that is meant to be anarchic mostly comes across as obvious and boorish.” — The New York Times
“A dog of a show…[Grade] F.” — A.V. Club
Are you going to watch? I hear that next week’s episode is going to be a really good one…I’ll say no more. But check it out.
September 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Seth MacFarlane, despite the fact that most critics hated him, was invited to come back and host The Oscars. To be fair, critics never like the Oscar host. Except for maybe Billy Crystal. And Johnny Carson.
Actually, there is one pretty good reason why he would be asked to return. From Movieweb:
…ratings were up significantly from last year’s Academy Awards, with 40.3 million viewers tuning into the telecast.
Also the two head producers liked and defended his performance, so that could have something to do with it. Mr. MacFarlane has only the “next couple of weeks” to decide. Maybe he should ask his new rumored eff buddy Charlize Theron what she thinks. That photo of him grinning ear-to-ear with her covering her face continues to bring me joy.
April 20, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Charlize Theron, amazing person and total megababe, was spotted having dinner with dick joke empresario Seth MacFarlane at Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills. They left together as well. He looks really psyched about this. She looks like she’s trying to hide. He looks like he’s about break out into song. She looks like she’s about to break out into a sweat. Hey, I kid. You take a hundred photos and you find a handful that tell a story, and you go with that story; you don’t know what really went down. But if I had to guess I would say that she’s thinking, “I need to make some serious life changes.”
You may not remember this — in fact, I was shocked I tell ya, shocked when I re-learned this bit of info — but Mr. MacFarlane and Amanda Bynes dated for a hot five minutes.
MacFarlane was recently linked to Game of Thrones star (and star of the much hated Breakfast at Tiffany’s Broadway show) Emilia Clarke. They broke up last month. According to The Huffington Post via E!:
“They are no longer dating,” a source told the website. “It was really a location challenge. She has been in Europe shooting Game of Thrones and he is based in California, so it was hard to make it work despite the distance. They have remained friends.”
Check out the rest of the photos from McTheron’s date and come up with your own story.
Thanks to Lainey Gossip for the photos.