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Patrick Stewart Will Play a British Newscaster in Starz Comedy

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Actor Patrick Stewart attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. Michael Loccisano—Getty Images

The Shakespearean thespian, Star Trek alum and X-Men franchise titan will play a British broadcaster coming to American cable news in a Starz series created by Jonathan Ames and produced by Seth MacFarlane

Sir Patrick Stewart is making a Starz trek.

The cable network announced on Tuesday that it had greenlit two seasons of the upcoming comedy Blunt Talk, which stars the actor best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on The Next Generation as a British broadcast journalist named Walter Blunt who sets his sights on conquering American cable news.

Jonathan Ames, who created HBO’s Bored to Death, will serve as showrunner, while Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be its executive producer, Variety reports.

“In the character of Walter Blunt, Seth, Jonathan and Patrick have found the alchemy that makes a borderline alcoholic, mad-genius-Brit the man you want fighting in America’s corner,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. “Seth and Jonathan have struck the right balance between biting wit and outright absurdity in building this world, and we cannot wait for Patrick to breathe life into Walter.”

The series was shopped to outlets such as Netflix and Showtime before Starz committed, Variety reports, signaling the network’s interest in upping its comedy offerings.

[Variety]

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