Blunt Talk

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Blunt Talk
Blunt Talk Intertitle
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jonathan Ames
Starring
Theme music composer Moby
Opening theme "Blunt Talk Theme"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 27–30 minutes
Production company(s) Media Rights Capital
Fuzzy Door Productions
Release
Original network Starz
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original release August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22) – December 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)
Website www.starz.com/originals/blunttalk/

Blunt Talk is an American sitcom on the Starz cable network starring Patrick Stewart, created by Jonathan Ames, and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane.[1][2] The series' first two episodes were released online on August 15, 2015,[3] and premiered on Starz on August 22, 2015, the first season concluded on October 24, 2015.[4]

Starz ordered 20 episodes, which were split into two seasons,[1] the second season premiered on October 2, 2016, and concluded on December 11, 2016.[5] On December 20, 2016, the show was cancelled after two seasons.[6]

Premise[edit]

The show follows British newscaster Walter Blunt who moves to Los Angeles with the intention of conquering American nightly cable news, his misguided decisions on and off the air prove that his ultimate ambitions will be difficult to achieve.

Blunt's name was taken from the minor character Sir Walter Blunt in William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, which was Stewart's first role with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "I Seem to Be Running Out of Dreams for Myself" Tristram Shapeero Jonathan Ames August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22) 0.446[19]
2 2 "I Experience Shame and Anticipate Punishment" Tristram Shapeero Jonathan Ames August 29, 2015 (2015-08-29) 0.341[20]
3 3 "All My Relationships End in Pain" Michael Lehmann Jonathan Ames September 5, 2015 (2015-09-05) 0.204[21]
4 4 "A Beaver That's Lost Its Mind" Michael Lehmann Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne and Jonathan Ames September 12, 2015 (2015-09-12) 0.221[22]
5 5 "The Queen of Hearts" Bill D'Elia Kirsten Kearse and Jonathan Ames September 19, 2015 (2015-09-19) 0.169[23]
6 6 "Goodnight, My Someone" Bill D'Elia Sam Sklaver and Jonathan Ames September 26, 2015 (2015-09-26) 0.179[24]
7 7 "Meth or No Meth, You Still Gotta Floss" Michael Lehmann Duncan Birmingham and Jonathan Ames October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03) 0.160[25]
8 8 "Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?" Michael Lehmann Jim Margolis and Jonathan Ames October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10) 0.183[26]
9 9 "I Brought a Petting Goat!" Tristram Shapeero Jonathan Ames October 17, 2015 (2015-10-17) 0.136[27]
10 10 "Let's Save Central Florida! Let's Save Midtown!" Tristram Shapeero Sam Sklaver and Jonathan Ames October 24, 2015 (2015-10-24) 0.161[28]

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
11 1 "I Remember That Time More Like a Movie I Saw Than a Life I Lived" Tristram Shapeero Jonathan Ames October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02) 0.160[29]
12 2 "If It Comes in a Plastic Bag, Don't Eat It" Tristram Shapeero Sam Sklaver and Jonathan Ames October 9, 2016 (2016-10-09) 0.135[30]
13 3 "Your Therapist and His P.... Are Here" Leslye Headland Duncan Birmingham & Jonathan Ames October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16) 0.095[31]
14 4 "How Is It That Every Conversation We Have Comes Back to the Size of Your Penis" Leslye Headland Jeanne Darst and Jonathan Ames October 23, 2016 (2016-10-23) 0.112[32]
15 5 "It's Been Months Since I Kidnapped You" Bill D'Elia Kirsten Kearse & Jonathan Ames October 30, 2016 (2016-10-30) 0.105[33]
16 6 "Love Is Not Linear" Tristram Shapeero Robbie Macdonald and Jonathan Ames November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06) 0.119[34]
17 7 "I Can't Believe I Made Love to a Sociopath" Michael Lehmann Sam Sklaver & Jonathan Ames November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13) 0.155[35]
18 8 "A Cell Doesn't Have to Be a Closet" Michael Lehmann Duncan Birmingham & Jonathan Ames November 20, 2016 (2016-11-20) 0.107[36]
19 9 "Walter Has to Look After Walter" Tristram Shapeero Kirsten Kearse & Jonathan Ames December 4, 2016 (2016-12-04) 0.098[37]
20 10 "Is This All Because I Didn't Call You" Tristram Shapeero Jonathan Ames December 11, 2016 (2016-12-11) 0.077[38]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "I Seem to Be Running Out of Dreams for Myself" August 22, 2015 0.13 0.446 [19]
2 "I Experience Shame and Anticipate Punishment" August 29, 2015 0.15 0.341 [20]
3 "All My Relationships End in Pain" September 5, 2015 0.07 0.204 [21]
4 "A Beaver That's Lost Its Mind" September 12, 2015 0.10 0.221 [22]
5 "The Queen of Hearts" September 19, 2015 0.05 0.169 [23]
6 "Goodnight, My Someone" September 26, 2015 0.03 0.179 [24]
7 "Meth or No Meth, You Still Gotta Floss" October 3, 2015 0.06 0.160 [25]
8 "Who Kisses So Early in the Morning?" October 10, 2015 0.07 0.183 [26]
9 "I Brought a Petting Goat!" October 17, 2015 0.05 0.136 [27]
10 "Let's Save Central Florida! Let's Save Midtown!" October 24, 2015 0.04 0.161 [28]

Season 2 (2016)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "I Remember That Time More Like a Movie I
Saw Than a Life I Lived
"
October 2, 2016 0.06 0.160 [29]
2 "If It Comes in a Plastic Bag, Don't Eat It" October 9, 2016 0.05 0.135 [30]
3 "Your Therapist and His P.... Are Here" October 16, 2016 0.03 0.095 [31]
4 "How Is It That Every Conversation We Have
Comes Back to the Size of Your Penis
"
October 23, 2016 0.04 0.112 [32]
5 "It's Been Months Since I Kidnapped You" October 30, 2016 0.03 0.105 [33]
6 "Love Is Not Linear" November 6, 2016 0.05 0.119 [34]
7 "I Can't Believe I Made Love to a Sociopath" November 13, 2016 0.07 0.155 [35]
8 "A Cell Doesn't Have to Be a Closet" November 20, 2016 0.04 0.107 [36]
9 "Walter Has to Look After Walter" December 4, 2016 0.02 0.098 [37]
10 "Is This All Because I Didn't Call You" December 11, 2016 0.02 0.077 [38]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Blunt Talk received generally mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season of the show a rating of 53%, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The site's consensus states, "Blunt Talk squanders Sir Patrick Stewart's considerable gifts on a show that too often mistakes forced vulgarity for wit."[39] Metacritic gives the show a score of 54 out of 100, based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[40]

Dominic Patten of Deadline.com states in his review, "If the new series from creator Jonathan Ames and executive producer Seth MacFarlane was just a mix between another Network-inspired show about journalism and some very consistently bad behavior on the part of Patrick Stewart’s cable news host Walter Blunt, it would be hard to recommend giving such a collection of clichés much of your time. However, Blunt Talk, which debuts August 22 on Starz, is more than that and worth going along for the ride."[41]

TV Columnist Brian Lowry of Variety states in his review, "The premiere starts with a rambunctious energy that temporarily promotes a sense of good will. Stewart’s Walter Blunt goes on a bender, sings rap and picks up a transgender prostitute. When the hooker politely asks if he’s troubled at all by who she is, he replies cheerfully, “No, I’m English.” The adventure ends fantastically badly, at least for Blunt’s reputation. But from there, the series — which Ames produced with the seemingly ubiquitous Seth MacFarlane — pretty rapidly disintegrates, relying too heavily on Stewart’s madcap antics and an assortment of not particularly distinctive supporting players, including Walter’s sycophantic producers, Richard Lewis as his therapist and Romany Malco as the harried network boss."[42]

Brian Moylan of The Guardian states in his review, "Blunt Talk is an odd bird. It’s sort of like if The Newsroom and Veep had a love child and it was raised by Nanny McPhee in the Royal Shakespeare Company, it takes a close look at cable news and the personalities and celebrity involved, but it’s essentially about one man who is trying to change himself and do the right thing, but is incredibly bad at it. A crew as colorfully inept as Selina Meyer’s also surrounds him, but they don’t have the stinging bile of Veep’s crew.[43]

Mike Hale of The New York Times states in his review, "It’s not accurate to say that Patrick Stewart hasn’t done comedy, he was funny playing himself as a poker-faced pervert in an episode of Extras, or dancing with Kelsey Grammer and telling him how sexy he looked in a tux on Frasier. And he’s lent his plummy voice to a raft of animated shows from Family Guy to Robot Chicken, but it’s fair to say that Blunt Talk, a new sitcom beginning on Saturday night on Starz, offers Patrick Stewart as we haven’t seen him before. Shuffling around an airport men’s room stall with his pants around his ankles, for instance, losing his patience as he tries unsuccessfully to cover the toilet seat, or gravely asking a transgender prostitute whether he can feed at her breasts."[44]

Accolades[edit]

For the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Patrick Stewart was nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.[45]

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