Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames took a poke at Bill O’Reilly in a newly released teaser for their new Starz comedy series Blunt Talk about a frequently fractured British TV news legend Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart) now headlining a U.S. cable TV news network. In the video short, one of Blunt’s minions reads a line from O’Reilly’s radio show in which O’Reilly dings Blunt for having claimed he was “wounded in the Falklands.”
CBS News last month put online the video Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly had requested of the news division’s coverage of the end of the Falklands War. O’Reilly, who reported on the end of that war for CBS News at the time, had claimed since that he had been in a dangerous war zone. Former CBS News correspondent Eric Jon Engberg had blasted the Fox News star for calling a “war zone” what Engberg said was actually “an expense account zone,” aka Buenos Aires, from where O’Reilly, Engberg and others were covering the Falklands War. Various media outlets and journalists also questioned his account of his coverage of protests in Buenos Aires at the end of the war.
Created by showrunner Ames (Bored To Death) and EP’d by MacFarlane, Blunt Talk has a two-season commitment from Starz. It will launch in the summer as the newly crowned No. 2 premium cable’s second half-hour comedy following LeBron James’ Survivor’s Remorse.
“In the character of Walter Blunt, Seth, Jonathan and Patrick have found the alchemy that makes a borderline alcoholic, mad-genius-Brit the man you want fighting in America’s corner,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in announcing the show’s pickup last spring.