Make it so! Patrick Stewart never received a nomination at the Emmys or Golden Globes for his iconic role of Captain Jean Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” But now he might be on a path to his first major awards success for a completely different type of character.
The new Starz comedy “Blunt Talk” stars Stewart as Walter Blunt, an over-the-top British cable news journalist now living in Los Angeles as a talk show host after several failed marriages. The role has all the catnip usually preferred by voters — delinquent behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, and being a hard-nosed boss who is passionate about his job.
The program debuts August 22 on the premium channel, but you can already watch the first two episodes by streaming on Starz.com. It is the brainchild of “Bored to Death” creator Jonathan Ames and co-stars double Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Adrian Scarborough, and Timm Sharp.
In addition to his work in the “Star Trek” sequel series and feature films, he has also had great sci-fi success as Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” movies. But most of his most well-known roles have been on television, especially in telefilms and miniseries. A look back at his awards history:
Four Emmy nominations for “Moby Dick” (1998), “The Lion in Winter” producing (2004), “Extras” (2006), and “Hamlet” (2010) with no wins.
Two Golden Globe nominations for “Moby Dick” (1999) and “The Lion in Winter” (2005) with no wins.
Three SAG nominations for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1995), “A Christmas Carol” (2000) and “Macbeth” (2011) with no wins.
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Photo: Patrick Stewart in ‘Blunt Talk.’ Credit: Starz