I Will Watch This

Sir Patrick Stewart has cultivated a career of playing gravitas-enriched authority figures. Picard, Professor X, Claudius, hell even the bad guy in Conspiracy Theory (I know, right?) are the calm, even tempered upper crust sort of guys who would occasionally remind you that you don't want to mess with their shit. Except, as his friendship with Ian McKellen has proven, in real life he's a weird dude with a great sense of humour. A sense of humour about himself that we, as the viewing public, only really became aware of when he appeared as "himself" in Ricky Gervais' Extras, and built on with his voice acting roles in the various works of Seth MacFarlane.

Since we've come to know him more as a funny guy, there has been a building clamor to see him take on a primarily comedic role. And now we have that, as Sir Patrick returns to TV in a leading role for the first time since TNG ended. Blunt Talk, which appears to be to the Newsroom what Veep is to House of Cards, is a new sitcom produced by MacFarlane to air on Starz, which is still trying to establish itself as a worthy adversary for likes of AMC, HBO and FX. In fact, they are so certain of Stewart's appeal, they gave the series a two season (ten episodes each) order right out of the gate. Stewart seems to having a blast in this first teaser, but I'll reserve judgement until we see how the comedy is carried through an entire episode.

And maybe this is just me, but is anyone else getting a Piers Morgan vibe off of Mr. Blunt?
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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