Blunt Talk on SoHo

Kiwis continue to miss out on legitimate access to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Real Time With Bill Maher but at least SoHo is picking up Patrick Stewart’s Blunt Talk.

From Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames, the showbiz spoof stars Stewart as a Falklands War vet who hosts a cable news show in the US and will premiere on December 2 (8.30 Wednesdays).

US reviews were mixed:

  • gets much, much better as it goes along” (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • “as wildly uneven as it is occasionally brilliant” (Wall Street Journal)
  • “the satire is soft and scattershot, and the elements of farce and physical comedy are routine” (New York Times)
  • doesn’t exhibit much savvy regarding the news genre it satires” (Variety).

Blunt Talk will be teamed with the new Denis Leary (Rescue Me) comedy, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

He plays an ageing rock star who stages a comeback with a 22-year-old singer 25 years after his band broke up.

THR dubbed it “a note-perfect look at music, aging and family” while USA Today said “the older-man howls may strike those who have tired of the media’s incessant and insipid pandering to Millennials as a welcome change of pace”.

But The Washington Post thought it “inauthentic and forgettable” and New York magazine argued it was “a total misfire“.

SoHo also will premiere the HBO movie, The Leisure Class (December 28), and two HBO prison docos, VICE Special Report: Fixing the System (December 22) and Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A (December 29).

The Leisure Class emerged from the Project Greenlight series and was critically castigated.

Fixing the System investigates the promises and politics that have fed American’s overcrowded prison system; Toe Tag Parole profiles inmates serving life-without-parole sentences.

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