If Patrick Stewart is looking for a way to get past Professor X and leave Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the rearview mirror, "Blunt Talk" is a good start. The normally reserved, classically-trained thespian refuses to be pigeonholed as he portrays Walter Blunt, a Brit determined to conquer the realm of American cable news, but frequently unable to get out of his own way.
The new Starz show airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and is produced by Seth MacFarlane, so although it isn't the first time Stewart and MacFarlane have teamed up (he has appeared on "Family Guy" and in the "Ted" films), the outrageous series shows a comedic side of the 75-year-old actor that may surprise some fans. In this exclusive clip from the next episode, Blunt deals with the aftermath of nearly dying.
"I think I may have just had a near-death experience," Blunt says to his viewers, clearly a bit flustered. "If so, I'm happy to report that in heaven there's a lot of dancing. And joy."
Rather than going all Howard Beale, however, Blunt's newfound awareness of life's bigger picture results in a simple desire to sell some advertising time.
"I think you would all agree with me -- it would be prudent to take a commercial break," grins the anchor. "I remain, and always will be, Walter Blunt."