Sir Pa­trick Ste­wart's sit­com 'Blunt Talk' has been axed

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The 76-year-old ac­tor's show - which fol­lowed Bri­tish news­caster Wal­ter Blunt, who was por­trayed by the 'X-Men' star, as he aims to take over cable news in the US - has been shelved by Starz fol­low­ing a 20-episode run. The show was cre­ated by Jonathan Ames and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Seth MacFar­lane. Carmi Zlot­nik, pres­i­dent of pro­gram­ming at Starz, said in a state­ment: "We are grate­ful to Jonathan and Pa­trick for the tirades and laughs that Wal­ter Blunt de­liv­ered to fans with such aplomb. "While Wal­ter may not be re­turn­ing to the air­waves, we are in­cred­i­bly proud of the work that was done these past two sea­sons by our won­der­ful part­ners and col­lab­o­ra­tors on 'Blunt Talk,' from Seth MacFar­lane and our stu­dio MRC, to our ac­tors, writ­ers and crew. "It was a very spe­cial show with a heartfelt mes­sage. It was an honor serv­ing you, Ma­jor." While the rea­sons for the ax­ing have not been con­firmed, it is be­lieved to be due to a strug­gle to find an au­di­ence. Starz ini­tially or­dered 20 episodes of the se­ries which were di­vided into two se­ries. The first sea­son be­gan in Au­gust 2015 and the sec­ond pre­miered on Oc­to­ber 2, 2016 be­fore con­clud­ing on De­cem­ber 11, 2016. Wal­ter Blunt's name was taken from his name­sake in Wil­liam Shake­speare's 'Henry IV, Part 1', which was Pa­trick's first role with the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany. Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scar­bor­ough, Dolly Wells and Timm Sharp also ap­peared in the sit­com, and Moby guest starred.

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