The creator of Blunt Talk, Jonathan Ames, was interviewed by Vogue Magazine:
JESSIE HEYMAN: Are you a big Star Trek fan?
JONATHAN AMES: I’ve enjoyed all the iterations of Star Trek at different times in my life. I liked the original. I liked Star Trek: The Next Generation also—I remember most people really liking the whole Borg storyline. I’m not a Trekkie, but I’ve definitely enjoyed my Star Trek experience.
HEYMAN: Data (Brent Spiner) makes a cameo appearance on the show. Did you make that casting call?
AMES: Yes, that was my idea. One night early on in this whole thing, I had drinks with Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, and Michael Dorn. And they were all so interesting—I mean, these were four real buddies. I just thought they were all so unique and strange. As soon as I saw Brent Spiner, and I sort of knew of him through some mutual friends and I knew that he was a musician, I kind of immediately had this idea of him as a melancholy piano player.
HEYMAN: You sitting with four of the main stars from The Next Generation sounds like something out of a dream—or a set-up for a joke.
AMES: Oh, I know. I felt in some ways it was a little bit wasted on me because I wasn’t a total Trekkie mad man. But Seth MacFarlane is a total Trekkie. And we were able to get a hold of him. I texted him, “Get over here! With the crew of the Enterprise!” And he showed up, and I didn’t want to intrude on their night, so I just stayed for drinks and had plans afterward. But Seth stayed and just was in heaven. I kind of wanted to get all of them into the show, but I was only able to get Brent, who was wonderful. I just thought it would be fun for fans of The Next Generation to see these actors in other roles.