In disappointing news Blunt Talk has been cancelled by Starz and will not have a third season. The Patrick Stewart starring show was backed by both Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames, yet couldn’t dodge the banished axe from Starz.
Blunt Talk had a lot of potential and was picked up for 20 episodes, or two seasons. The network gave it the good ol’ college try but there wasn’t enough interest to keep it around. The series finished up its final episode on December 11th, and despite strong critical acclaim there were no strong ratings to back up the positives. The show is about Walter Blunt, a British newscaster that finds an audience with American cable news. He is brash and speaks his mind, and that’s why people love him. In many ways he is like the fictional version of John Oliver on HBO, only a lot more controversial.
The final nail in the coffin was how it didn’t get recognized for any awards for either seasons. Even if ratings are low, getting the network attention with awards will keep you on the airwaves. Blunt Talk very much flew under the radar for the entirety of its run, which is a shame since the show is so good. The season two finale didn’t even crack 150,000 viewers and was a pretty bad overall showing for the timeslot.
Stewart is still one of the best actors of his generation, and incredibly charismatic in all of his roles. It’s not really robbery that he didn’t win an award for playing Walter Blunt, but a single win could have saved this show. Now Blunt Talk will join the rest of the cancelled shows on the cable television roster, with many of them fantastic when they were on air.
Why do you think the show was disappointing in the ratings? What other show is most like Blunt Talk?