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Blunt Talk, an American sitcom made a solid start on the Starz cable network. It made 601K Live + 3 Day viewers while Survivor’s Remorse, logged 463 Live + 3 viewers. The first two episodes of the series were released online on August 15, 2015, and premiered on Starts on August 22, 2015.

The show is created by Jonathan Ames, and produced by Seth MacFarlane.

The Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season of the show a rating of 46%, based on some reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site’s consensus states, “Blunt Talk squander Sir Patrick Stewart’s considerable gifts on a show that too often mistakes forced vulgarity for wit. Metacritic gives the show a score of 54 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating “generally mixed reviews”.

Dominic Patten of Deadline.com states in his review, “If the new series from creator Jonathan Ames and executive producer Seth MacFarlane was just a mix between another Network-inspired show about journalism and some very consistently bad behavior on the part of Patrick Stewart’s cable news host Walter Blunt, it would be hard to recommend giving such a collection of clichés much of your time. However, Blunt Talk, which debuts August 22 on Starz, is more than that and worth going along for the ride.”

The show is about a British newscaster Walter Blunt who moves to Los Angeles with the intentions of conquering American nightly cable news. However, his misguided decisions on and off the air prove that his ultimate ambitions will be difficult to come by.

Jonathan Ames has described it as an exploration of what TV news would be had “Howard Beale continued his broadcast,” only “slightly less mad.”

There is another series which is sharing the TV with blunt called Survivor’s Remorse. The Starz cable network has ordered to split the series into two seasons that consists of 20 episodes.

Brian Moylan of The Guardian states in his review, “Blunt Talk is an odd bird. It’s sort of like if The Newsroom and Veep had a love child and it was raised by Nanny McPhee in the Royal Shakespeare Company. It takes a close look at cable news and the personalities and celebrity involved, but it’s essentially about one man who is trying to change himself and do the right thing, but is incredibly bad at it. A crew as colorfully inept as Selina Meyer’s also surrounds him, but they don’t have the stinging bile of Veep’s crew”.
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