Rarely do you see an interview worth watching on that GOP-TV's three hour Morning Joe program, but today was pleasantly different. Classical actor Patrick Stewart , a friend and fan of Seth MacFarlane has teamed up with the famous cartoonist and writer, par excellence, Jonathan Ames to star in a comedy about a crazy TV news personality.
Stewart has been working with MacFarlane on American Dad for eleven years now. Stewart said he decided to take on this unique role mainly because of MacFarlane's involvement. This new comedy, Blunt Talk, airs weekly on Saturday night at 9:00 PM on the Starz Network. Having seen the first two episodes, I can attest that this is a very funny and wacky show.
In the first episode, Stewart gets caught with a transgender prostitute, just looking for a little company. When he is cornered by police, he jumps on top of his vintage Jaguar and hilarity ensues. E! Reports:
The Star Trek and X-Men legend stars in Blunt Talk as Walter Blunt, a famous English talk show host who, within the first ten minutes of the pilot, refers to the "f—king house of Windsor," nearly sucks on a prostitute's breasts, sings along to a rap song, beats up some cops, and then jumps on top of a car to recite a Hamlet monologue.
It's like nothing we've ever seen from Stewart before, but he's so incredibly good in the role that we're now wondering why he hasn't been snorting cocaine and being spanked with towels throughout his entire career.
Stewart's loyal man-servant, Harry, played by Adrian Scarborough, always tucks him into bed and provides Blunt whatever he thinks he may need. In episode 2, he provides Blunt a little spot of cocaine after he accidentally takes three Ambien that he was given by a fellow co-worker, (which he confused with Provigil, a stimulant). Stewart often proclaims he couldn't live without Harry.
Each scene seems to get more outlandish and hilarious as you go. In another segment, Walter has trouble with all the automatic technology in a public restroom, something we can all relate to, albeit not as dramatically. Consequently, his character misses his flight after he battles with the automatic flushing toilet and sinks in an airport bathroom. Just brilliant!
Walter Blunt often draws from his personal military experience in the fFalklands War, which the character experienced with Harry. It seems that it's a sticky subject if anyone brings into question Blunt's heroism. Patrick tells the MoJo crew that there will be an episode down the line devoted to this rather obscure conflict.
Mercifully, this morning, Stewart did most of the talking and Joe wasn't blabbering about his own personal life all that much. It's rather obvious Walter Blunt and Stewart, himself are very liberal, based on his personal and professional alliance with a progressive like Seth MacFarlane. That partisan aspect never came up in this morning's segment, because Scarborough likes to bring together 'both sides.' Blunt Talk is a must see if you can swing it!
UPDATE: October 20th: I have given this show a chance and it seems it's gone south pretty quickly after the first two shows. I am saddened and disappointed as my expectations for the show were not met. LOC