Blunt Talk (2015– )
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Walter Blunt is a British newscaster who finds an opportunity in Los Angeles, however after years of monotony his show has become stale. Not to mention he has all sort of personal vices that always put him into unsavory situations. Blunt then resorts to silly antics and the help of dubious characters to maintain his talk show.
The show is banking a lot on Patrick Stewart, and with lifetime experience he's fully equipped for even these quirky gags. Script is pretty funny, although it doesn't rise to the level of more polished comedy such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is definitely not an in-depth social commentary about an idol lifestyle, just merry occasionally mindless ride through it. The comedy style works for most part simply because the contrasting nature of the usually composed actors and his exaggerated predicaments here.
It can be a bit crude sometimes, but watching the versatile Patrick Stewart tumbles around the celerity life is a gleeful spectacle.
My favorite character in the series so far is Harry. (Adrian Scarborough should be nominated for an Emmy just from the few episodes I've seen!) I love all the scenes he's in, and the dynamic he has with Walter is great (I feel it's like watching a real life Pooh and Piglet. haha), and totally reminds me of Jason Schwartzman/Ted Danson/Zach Galifianakis'friendship on Bored to Death; despite their extremely flawed personalities/lives they're always there for each other.
I also love that this show features Richard Lewis and Ed Beagley Jr.! Anytime they're on I squeal with joy. haha I also loved the Brent Spiner cameo!! I can't wait to see who else will make an appearance!! :D
And to add to the comment about Blunt Talk being like real life American Dad, it sort of is, but for those who are familiar with Patrick Stewart's character on American Dad (Avery Bullock/Stan's boss), Walter Blunt is a much sweeter/nicer man than Avery. haha He's still got his issues/loves women and substances, but Avery is more harsh and conservative, while Walter is a sensitive blow-hard.
Anyway, I just wanted to leave this short review to counteract the negative ones. haha I can see this show not being for everyone, but I do think if you liked Bored to Death, you'll like this show.
The problem with Blunt Talk is that it relies entirely on its humour being the antics of a man whom we wouldn't expect to be doing this sort of thing.
Not that Stewart isn't without comic grace. He manages to be amusing with every scene. However, that really is all the show has in its comedic repertoire - Patrick Stewart clowning around. The lines aren't funny in and of themselves, for the most part. It's only Stewart's delivery, playing against type, that makes them so.
The situations Blunt gets into are ludicrous enough, but that doesn't make them inherently funny. Ask yourself this - if anyone else played Blunt, would this show even raise a smile? I'm not sure that the show has a lot of mileage in it, to be honest. It's been given a two-series order, but honestly, if this is what passes for comedy at the moment, then I think it won't last.
It is nice of Stewart to give this a try, but I'd think a more cerebral comedy would be better suited to his acting ability. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be what people want these days. All we get is bathroom humour, drug and bodily function related jokes and grown adults acting like children.
SUMMARY: Relies too much on Stewart's gravitas for most of the humour. Gets old very quickly. May get better with time.... but I doubt it.
Think P.G.Wodehouse on meth & tinder, that's the best way I can sum-up Blunt Talk. The show clearly borrows (or blatantly thieves) from the classics, but that doesn't hinder, as the theft has been done with tongue-in-cheek perfection.
There are so many boring 9th rate chop-shop plastic-pretty comedy shows pumped out of the US, so it's simply refreshing for something a bit different to be produced. Patrick Stewart gives us his version of Alan Swann & after the 1st episode, I'm sure Peter O'Toole would approve.
Regardless if this is your type of comedy, kudos must be given for Blunt Talk being different,new & old. Nevertheless, Blunt Talk does have its flaws, for one, the obligatory Jewish reference jokes (which are so over-used in US shows that they've become boring, lazy & verging on creepy) & the bed music, which is really annoying once you notice it (but that may just be me as I was self-medicating with a natural weed type medicine whilst watching).
The show is probably an 8. Well done for trying something a wee bit different.
It's hard to say that each episode is plot driven. There's usually some sort of story going on, but the real charm is in the dialogue and the characters. There is a larger story, one that builds very slowly, but for the most part, these are characters that are self-focused, and their own issues tend to distract them from other things.
But that raises the other, more important point. For all of the peculiarities these characters have, and their broadly inappropriate behavior, there's something sort of beautiful about how they completely accept each other. The characters genuinely like each other. In fact, none of the characters seem to dislike other ones.
This approach makes scenarios that normally would feel like cringe comedy in other hands feel... sort of nice.
It's a shame it's been canceled after two seasons.
But I completely understand. Whenever I've tried to explain the appeal to other people, I find it hard to explain the premise.
yeah.. i think that pretty much sums it up. a live action of directer bullock running around with his own TV show.
maybe a little bit too much drugs; sort of feel like its one big messed up trip :P
as a side note, it's nice to see some familiar faces :) data just randomly in there.
are we sure this isn't just captain picard day dreaming / in a holo suite? :P where's jordy? well at least there's no wesley crusher :)
This TV Show a little bit unusual compare to others, Why?! Firstly, contain a hot news that people discuss right now (transgender people, multicultural marriages, foibles, text communication, even about restrooms that nowadays full of electronics). Secondly, because you will realized (not from beginning) that this TV Show, is "South Park" for our parents. No, seriously for open minded parents (who knew Woodstock, listened Jimmy Hedrick's, watched Jon Stewart) will understand this jokes and would not think "Ugh....what a stupid cartoon"! Finally, in this TV Show they mixed generations. Young and Adult people, so we can see how they acting and how reacting in some situations or dealing with some problems.
In my opinion, it is really good TV Show. I wish/hope that it will became "South Park" for adult and older generation! This TV Show contain amazing, astonishing and enormous potential!
*Spoiler/plot- A British Falkland war veteran flawed midlife male becomes a TV personality in the USA and follows his day to day Media 'Circus Life' in many comedic situations.
*Special Stars- Patrick Stewart, Adam Scarborough, Timm Sharp, Dolly Wells, Jackie Weaver, Karan Soni, Mark Holland, Ken Weller. PROD: Seth Macfarlan.
*Theme- TV cable comedy series. Some peoples lives are too big for TV.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Shot in Los Angeles. Typical Seth Macfarlane humor with excessive drugs, extraneous cursing, toilet humor and all round juvenile humor.
*Emotion- Very predictable and boring formula TV comedy. Very clichéd and tough to watch again, especially for those fans of Patrick Stewart's better work.
*Based On- Extreme TV's tabloid TV shows.
I will never view Patrick Stewart in the same light again as he has completely reinvented his public personna. The character of Walter Blunt is as far from Captain Picard as is possible and shows the wonderful range of Stewart's talent.
Really, this show is entertaining on so many levels it's astounding! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an exceptional viewing experience.
Now, I have no problem with humour of a sexual nature, but it seems that that is all that comedy writers are able to write about these days. I recently attended a comedy club in New York. Out of five acts, four consisted of nothing but "frank" talk about pussy and blow jobs. It's not "edgy". It's just talentless and crude.
Surely we can aspire to better and more clever comedy than Episodes, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Comedians, and this latest pile of guaranteed (and intended) to offend pile of crap.
The great cast makes this show into something completely different and i love it i wish more producers and production companies would have the balls to create content like this. i would recommend anyone who hasn't watched it to do so. Walter Blunt , played by our loved Patrick Stewart is simply an ingenious character , morbid and happy at the same time full of life and advice and yet childish and playful the supporting cast is also an assortment of "weirdos" who make the show come to life with their over the top issues and loyalty to the main character
as i usually don't find good things to write about , this review is by far a oddity for me ( i also don't write under this name) but here it is
One of the best shows on TV
Patrick Stewart and the ensemble cast have a great chemistry together, providing interesting sub-plots with every episode. As he does with every Seth MacFarlane production, Stewart delivers with his timely British humor and doesn't disappoint. McFarlane did an amazing job in finding this role for Stewart. If this one fails to see a third season, hopefully, the two of them will team up to find another interesting concept.
Another poster likened it to Sh!T My Dad Says, which was METRIC TONS funnier than this (and it even starred another captain of the Enterprise).
The show is so ridiculous, it's not funny. Not at all. And while Stewart is a good actor, he's not good in this. He looks uncomfortable -- like a fish out of water.
Although I don't do drugs, I am often accused of having an inappropriate, sophomoric and even juvenile sense of humor, and even so, I will only give this one more episode before I pull the plug.
There's way better TV out there. What a shame.
In a way, it reminds me of Boogie Nights. It's a family of characters who are all closely connected in an intimate way (although intimate, not exactly sexual, most of the time).
The first episode intended to make more of a splash, but fell flat compared to the rest of the series.
If you get through two or three episodes and enjoy it, continue. You might feel conflicted, but the end result is a show that you'll like more and more as you think about it.
However, other then his producer, I think the show spends too much time on the other characters and not enough time on Blunt. The other characters are alright. But I am just not interested enough for the amount of time they spend on them.
If there is indeed a season #2, I hope they rectify this and have more emphasis on Blunt and less on his underlings at the office (outside of maybe his producer).