Jonathan Ames, the novelist who created the short-lived but critically acclaimed HBO comedy Bored to Death, is trying his might on a new network with the help of Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane in the producer chair. Blunt Talk stars Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men fame as Walter Blunt, a British newscaster whose recent migration to Los Angeles in the hops of climbing the American nightly cable news ladder leads to misguided decisions on and off the air, resulting in calamities and chaos that he must navigate through in order to save his career.
If it sounds cliche, think again.
The same story has been running for a little while under the moniker Episodes, but has failed to live up to the edgy potential that both the millennial and gen-X audience are looking for. Episodes stars a husband and wife team of writers from England who get a shot at writing an adaptation of a show for a U.S. television network only to find themselves drowning in the woes of TV executive back-office antics and the allure of the Hollywood lifestyle. By contrast, Blunt Talk is more about the self-destruction of a talking head hell-bent on becoming America’s biggest news anchor. By teaming MacFarlane and Stewart you have some wackiness that might just spell “entertainment” with a capital E. And let’s not forget the creativity of a writer like Ames. While Episodes proves its on-air right with its dry wit and quirky, saucy story-line, Blunt Talk goes beyond the pale, which can be seen in just the trailer alone.
In a sort of unforeseen twist of events, Marc Maron breaks his edge and destroys his chance at a successful TV career on Thursday’s season finale of IFC’s Maron. The episode ends abruptly with the notion that he may have just beheaded his integrity in one fell swoop by taking advantage of the fact that he was prescribed oxycontin for his back pain during the production of a fictional TV talk show he was to host. Are we going to see him come back to IFC next summer? We’ll have to wait and see!
News arrived today that the classic 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would be getting a reboot with Will Smith producing. Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment is leading the project with Smith’s long-time collaborator James Lassiter, along with Caleeb Pinkett and Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith all on board for the debut (or re-debut? what do you call that?).
Obviously it’ll be a more modern-day version of the show but retain much of the original spirit from the 90s prime-time comedy. While NBC was the original broadcaster of the series, Overbrook is rumored to be in the finalization process of its series pitch at the moment which means it’ll be making rounds in hollywood over the next few weeks.
NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, currently on a TCA press tour, said he’d love to talk to Smith about rebooting the show. This is perhaps the best news for the actor/rapper/producer as, after all, it was NBC that helped kickstart his Hollywood career in the first place. Perhaps Smith hopes to use this reboot to give a boost to his wife’s career as well?
Hailing from the streets of Brooklyn, rapper Sean Price had run a solid course of helping to produce underground rap records since 1995 when he first appeared on Smiff-N-Wesson’s album Dah Shinin’ and soon afterwards teaming up with rapper Rock to form the hip hop duo Heltah Skeltah, which was received with critical acclaim.
When Price died a few days ago with no immediate known cause or reason, it sparked interest in an otherwise overlooked rapper by the world of pop culture. Sure, Pitch Fork will do their piece and so will countless other media sources now that he’s passed, but the legacy he left behind is up to the true underground artists that surrounded him and embraced his presence to carry on. Most musicians have countless tracks on the shelf, demos of material yet to be set in stone, so the question remains: will we get to hear any of it on the road ahead?
Price was always on the lookout for producing new music with other underground artists, as can be seen by one of his last tweets before he died:
He had collaborated on 9 records, including one that was still in production when he passed (and will hopefully be released later this year) with Heltah Skeltah, and had produced three solo albums over the past 15 years, the latest Mic Tyson reaching #9 on the U.S. R&B charts
Despite being of the more hardcore variety of hip hop artists, Price was a family man, being survived by his wife and three children. This aspect left fans raising a whopping $72,883 in the past 4 days for the fallen rapper in supportive condolences, raised through the crowd-sourcing fundraiser website Crowdrise.