A cable comedy series has been canceled despite the enormous cachet of its lead actor, former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Patrick Stewart. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the pay-cable channel Starz pulled the plug on Stewart’s “Blunt Talk” after two seasons.
After being picked up straight to series with a two-season order for a total of 20 episodes, the show wrapped with its Dec. 11 telecast.
“The comedy revolved around Walter Blunt (Stewart), a British transplant intent on conquering the world of American cable news,” THR notes. “The series was produced by Media Rights Capital (House of Cards) and was based on an original idea by Bored to Death’s Jonathan Ames, who executive produced alongside Seth MacFarlane and his Fuzzy Door Productions.”
The report notes that “Blunt Talk” didn’t make much of a ratings impact, nor did it achieve much in the way of awards recognition. “The comedy’s second-season (and now series) finale drew just 134,000 total viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 with three days of delayed viewing,” THR notes.