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BLUNT TALK: Starz Cancels Patrick Stewart Comedy Series

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Starz Declines To Renew News Comedy Blunt Talk

Starz has decided to pass on renewing its scripted comedy series Blunt Talk for a third season.

The show, which follows the struggles of a British newscaster played by Patrick Stewart trying to make a name for himself in American media, was first picked up by the network for a two-season, 20-episode order that concluded earlier this month:

“We are grateful to Jonathan and Patrick for the tirades and laughs that Walter Blunt delivered to fans with such aplomb,” Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik said Tuesday in a statement. “While Walter may not be returning to the airwaves, we are incredibly proud of the work that was done these past two seasons by our wonderful partners and collaborators on Blunt Talk, from Seth MacFarlane and our studio MRC, to our actors, writers and crew. It was a very special show with a heartfelt message. It was an honor serving you, Major.”

Blunt Talk was never much of a ratings performer and didn’t crack through to become an awards-season player. 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.

MacFarlane, meanwhile, is poised to make his live-action TV acting debut in the fall with Fox’s straight-to-series hourlong drama Orville, co-starring Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki.

Leave your thoughts on Starz deciding not to renew its Patrick Stewart comedy vehicle Blunt Talk for a third season (via Thehollywoodreporter) in the comments section below. Readers seeking more TV show news can visit our TV Show News Google+ Page and our TV Show News Facebook Page. Want up-to-the-minute notifications? FilmBook staff members publish articles by Email, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Facebook. Blunt Talk aired its last episode on Starz on December 11th.

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