According to Variety on Tuesday, "Star Trek's" Patrick Stewart returns to TV and is co-produced by "Family Guy's" Seth MacFarlane and created Jonathan Ames. Starz is the channel in which it will make a 20-episode appearance and Stewart will be portraying a British newcomer to the United States where he decides to take on American cable news.
Stewart plays Walter Blunt who is a borderline alcoholic and cerebral British man that someone would want in one's corner if they were to be in opposition with the big wigs of American cable. Starz's interest in paying out to Netflix and Showtime signifies the interest in constructing such a series. Each episode will conclude in a fashion that follows up with Blunt's consequences of poor decision making. Though his intentions are good, the situations occur both on and off the air.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht mentioned that he believes Stewart will strike a balance between extreme absurdity and wit whilst "building this world". Ames is the creator of the series and the showrunner while MacFarlane will take on the role of executive producer. The production company Media Rights Capital is in league with MacFarlane as far as the "Ted" film that starred Mark Walberg and the upcoming film "A Million Ways to Die in the West" starring Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, and Seth MacFarlane himself.
Fans of MacFarlane's adult animated series "American Dad", where Stewart played the role of CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock, may see a difference between the Blunt character and the Bullock character as far as having his own TV show, more intelligent, and is a live-action serious as opposed to animated. Some may recall in an episode of "Family Guy" where Stewie Griffin concocts a tele-portation device that brings the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to his home.