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Shatner Launching New VLog + Appearing On SNL Tonight? September 13, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Shatner , trackback

In 2007 William Shatner launched ShatnerVision at, a vlog (or video log) where he would regularly update fans with what is going on and also give a glimpse into the life that is Shatner, at least until April of this year when ShatnerVision stopped broadcasting. But the wait is over and Shatner is back with a new web vlog called ‘The Shatner Project’ that will launch at YouTube early next week.


The new online video home for Shatner is The URL is currently directing you to Shatner’s new YouTube Channel (, but eventually there will be a stand alone site as well. Paul Camuso, producer for ShatnerVision as well as the new Shatner Project tells TrekMovie that this new video project will be somewhat different. They will be doing fewer videos each week (say 2 or 3), but the goal is to go “more in depth” into the life of Shatner. “You will get more of a 360 picture instead of just a peek of Bill’s live and adventures,” says Camuso. You can subscribe to the channel now, but there aren’t any videos yet. The date to go live with the first videos isn’t set yet, but should be early next week and could be as early as Monday September 15th. There will be three new Shatner videos on the launch day. ShatnerVision has been missed and so we very much look forward to The Shatner Project.

Shatner’s infamous “I don’t do cameos” ShatnerVision clip from last October

Shatner on Saturday Night Live…tonight?
Paul Camuso also points us to a post he just made on the website forums. It states that “a birdie told him” for Shatner fans to “…to set your DVR’s to record Saturday Night Live” tonight. He hasn’t offered any more details, but it is a good bet that Bill will be making some kind of appearance on the show. Tonight is the season premiere for the venerable sketch show and is being hosted by Olympic multi-gold winner Michael Phelps. The show was also going to feature an appearance by presidential candidate Barack Obama, but he cancelled due to Hurricane Ike. If Shatner does appear it would be his first time since hosting the show back in 1986.

…and who can forget Shatner’s famous SNL skit “Get a Life!”

(sorry but clip cuts off end of the skit)



1. Capt. Fred - September 13, 2008

Why won’t Shatner just retire already? We’re tired of him “not hearing anything over the sound of how awesome he is”.

2. boJac - September 13, 2008

You can never get enough Shatner!

3. SPB - September 13, 2008

“Are you saying we should pay more attention to the movies…?”

“NO! That’s not what I’m saying at ALL!!!”

4. Driver - September 13, 2008

Shatner on SNL. Can’t beat that.

5. T Drake - September 13, 2008

Shatner Rocks!
Actor- Writer- Recording Artist- The man is awesome!

Hope I still have that kind of drive when I’m his age~

6. Andy Patterson - September 13, 2008

Shatner is the Also Nova of celebrities.

Any of you that were of the MTV generation in 60’s may remember Aldo Nova.

The name of the video was Aldo Nova – the group was called Aldo Nova and in the middle of the song, just before the guitar solo he yells out “Aldo Nova”, in a sort of pre-climax exclamation. We always thought what narcissistic nerve this guy had. It was great. He sure was affirming life by affirming himself.

Shatner’s like that. He has a website called Shatner-vision. There’s a type of delivery and acting attributed to him. He affirms himself all the time in everything he does. He loves it. He loves life. He loves himself. I love it. Good for him.

As I’ve said before…I care not what others think. I love him.


7. sean - September 13, 2008

“Kind of like living with the Mugato!”

God I miss Phil Hartman.

8. Andy Patterson - September 13, 2008


Oops…I meant MTV generation of the 80’s. Just so used to referencing the good ole’ ’60’s

9. Commodore Redshirt - September 13, 2008

The AP reports that Tina Fey ‘likely’ to play Sarah Palin on the season opener tonight…
…that plus the Shat and I know what I’ll be doing at 11:30!

10. The Dude - September 13, 2008

Cool, The Shat looks like some young Bill Clinton in that SNL clip :-D

11. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - September 13, 2008

#1 – put down the crack pipe son

12. rag451 - September 13, 2008

Hallowed be thy Shatner…

13. Energize - September 13, 2008

I think I know more about Shatner than the people in my real life. That’s kinda sad.

14. Rod Of Rassilon - September 13, 2008

We really WILL miss him when he’s gone, so just lap it up right now.

15. Capt. Fred - September 13, 2008

Shatner’s full of himself and it’s obnoxious.

16. Lostrod - September 13, 2008

#1 & #11: Capt Fred:

Speak for yourself, not the collective “we”. I don’t recall anyone appointing you as our spokesperson.

I actually find you obnoxious. But that’s just me. Anyone else is entitled to their own opinion.

Keep on trucking, Mr. Shatner.


17. Lostrod - September 13, 2008


Sorry, Garth – I was aiming at #15, not #11. :)


18. TrekMadeMeWonder - September 13, 2008

Can’t someone just clone this guy?

With all due respect Bill.

19. Kev-1 - September 13, 2008

Still Shatnerizing NBC in 2008!

20. Cervantes - September 13, 2008

Whether some like it or not, you can’t keep the man down. He is still a much-loved personality, and is still giving far more entertainment than a lot of the dime-a-dozen so-called celebrities trotted out onto television these days. I only wish I was there to be able to catch his Saturday Night Live appearance. Pity Barack can’t make it too, and I bet he’s sorry to miss out on meeting him….but William’s ‘presidential’ enough for the two of them

Keep on trekking Bill!

21. Cervantes - September 13, 2008

Meaning Barack will be sorry not meet Bill, just to clarify!

22. Aaron R. - September 13, 2008

hard to believe so many people got upset… its snl people it pokes fun at everyone that is what it does!!! GET A LIFE!!!

23. OM - September 13, 2008

…Well, if he does show up, it’ll be the first time the show’s been worth a Shat in quite some time :-)

24. Leatherman - September 13, 2008

#1 & #15

If you dislike Shatner so much, why did you come to this page and read this article? If you are truely sick of him the only “logical” thing to do is to not expose yourself to news about him.

25. Andy Patterson - September 13, 2008


26. Cyberghost - September 13, 2008

the more shat the better, he is an icon. Face it, shat and crew are getting up there in age, so keep it coming. Because there will be a day when he will not be around (hopefully many more years to go)like everyone eventually, so let’s enjoy all he has given us. Who knows, maybe we might not even be here if shatner was not picked as Captian James T. Kirk. As far as his YouTube, sign me up.

I rewatched the Shatner roast the other night and I laughed my ass off. If u have not seen it, run don’t walk and buy, barrow, rent, Netflix it, because it’s a classic, I am 47 and it’s probably the best roast I can remember.

Bill Shatner, keep it coming we love what you have done. I only hope I am alive at your age, and still have by mind and energy you have.

Let’s just hope JJ can write him into ST 12, please one last ST movie for the original James T Kirk.

27. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - September 13, 2008

Shatner is great. Huge part of my growing up. Love to see more of him, if that’s possible because it seems like the guy is everywhere.

But the Aldo Nova thing must cease. That guy sucked. Wretched music that was so over compressed there were no dynamics. I say if you’re going to play all the instruments on your “album” you should be an absolute monster on them. A mediocre musician playing all the parts means you have a mediocre band. Which is great if you’re shooting for a “C” grade. And to have a deluded sense of your ability is just silly.


28. Magic_Al - September 13, 2008

When SNL lost Obama they had to call Shatner to keep the awesome quotient up. The Democratic Party could do same thing, except Shatner is not a natural-born U.S. citizen.

29. CmdrR - September 13, 2008

Shatnerday Night Live. Cool.

I look forward to seeing it… on this site tomorrow. ;-)
It’s my night off, but I’m no way going to be awake at that hour.

30. Chuck Watters - September 13, 2008

Gotta love the Shat dude but he is a goof ball .

31. montreal paul - September 13, 2008

Aldo Nova… a Montrealer…
William Shatner… a Montrealer…

coincidence? Hmmmmm?

32. King Zooropa - September 13, 2008

I grew up idolizing Captain Kirk as one of my heroes. One day when I was about 12 years old, I saw the clip of William Shatner belittling people like me. I had heard “Get a life!” from so many cruel people for so long, but it really struck a major nerve within me to hear it coming from the actor who played the character I loved so much.

It was a slap in the face. “Get a life” was the equivalent of “Grow up, kid.”

I know I’m going to get flamed here for admitting something like this in public. “You should have known better!” and “The actor has a right to satirize the character he plays.” Yes, of course he does. I agree, and I certainly don’t begrudge Mr. Shatner the right to goof on the character that made him famous.

But those fans — yes, even the ones who hadn’t yet “moved out of their parent’s basements” or “kissed a girl” — are the ones who helped give him a career. He had the raw talent, yes, and a quirk of cosmic luck put him in the captain’s chair of our favorite fictional starship. But the man also was a hero to a lot of 12-year olds, and I never quite forgave him for that slap in the face.

33. John from Cincinnati - September 13, 2008

Yes, Shat’s biggest mistake of his life, biting the hands that fed him.

34. SPB - September 13, 2008

Oh, King Zooropa…

…you remind me of one of THOSE fans… I hit a convention way back in the late ’80s or early ’90s where a video dealer was playing the Shatner SNL skit on a dinky little TV. I and five or six others crowded around the monitor and watched the whole thing, laughing the entire time. And then, that ONE Trekkie piped in from behind us:

“I lost all respect for Shatner when he did that skit!”

Try not to take yourself too seriously, KZ… if you can’t learn to laugh at yourself and STAR TREK from time to time, you’ll be in for a long, hard slog for the rest of your life.

35. Jeffrey S. Nelson - September 13, 2008

Shat happens!

36. Spock with a Crowbar - September 13, 2008

#1, #15, Ensign Fred,

Nhyarr, you must be Borg! That’s the only explanation I can think of for you using the designation “We.” Hahaha! *snort*, Hahaha… seriously though, don’t hate, appreciate.

37. rag451 - September 13, 2008

Shaaaaaaaaaaaaatner was just on SNL! Woaaaah!

38. Coty - September 13, 2008

Haha, Bill just appeared on SNL. How funny…and Priceline!

39. SPB - September 13, 2008

Re: King Zooropa…

(P.S.: I was only 14 at the time the skit first aired and wasn’t offended in the least.)

40. VOODOO - September 13, 2008

The Shat is everywhere……except Star Trek.

There is still time to make this film complete. Get Shatner a cameo.

41. VOODOO - September 13, 2008

King Zooropa #32

Get a life…… It was a joke.

42. rag451 - September 13, 2008

I wish Shatner had leapt on stage, pushed Phelps aside, and taken over the monologue. Then, Phelps could have reappeared during a mock Priceline ad later, pushed Shatner aside, and retaken the show.

43. VOODOO - September 13, 2008

“I don’t do cameos”

Hey Shatner, “Get a Life” and do the cameo.

44. Gary - September 13, 2008

Shatner was on SNL during the opening monologue. He mentioned

45. scifib5st - September 13, 2008

Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear, Ohio St waxed by USC, Ducks Win, and the Shat on SNL…… is the world comming to an end????

Stay tuned next week…. same Bat time
same Bat channel

46. Will Doe - September 13, 2008

Re: King Zooropa,
I was 18 at the time and had spent my adolescence coming up on Star Trek and all the films. Up to that point. This was even before Next Generation got started.
And I and my older brother, who was 25 back then. Thought it was hysterical.
I can understand you being younger and all. But heal your inner child and let go of that old heartache.
Bill didn’t mean it. He was just joking.
I mean he’s been a shameless promoter for years.
Emergency 911,Commodore computers and now Price line.
Which if you saw him earlier tonight. You see what happens when you try to distance yourself form your own past.
Now he wants a part in this film. But he agreed to kill Kirk 14 years ago.
So take it to heart,Shatner is just a man.
Captain Kirk is a LEGEND.

47. Andy Patterson - September 13, 2008



I think you missed my point. We knew it was sub par. That’s what made it so funny. He was very much into himself despite his short comings. Even to the point of yelling out his own name before his own ‘climactic’ solo. He was as over the top as Shatner’s image has become. I was just making, what I thought, was a funny comparison. It was….never mind.

That’s as far as the comparison was supposed to go.

Shatner is still the man to me.

His appearance on SNL was pretty much what I expected it would be. I thought he looked great by they way and didn’t look like the decrepit old man some have implied him to be on other threads.

Again, I’m on record saying I’ve never said I thought he SHOULD be in the movie. But I think he looks like he could handle it just fine.

48. raffie - September 13, 2008

William Shatner, you ARE an attention whore.

49. Craig - September 13, 2008

grr… right after the opening monologe started my signal dropped out, just came back up after. Just enough for me to miss it. Somone has it out for me!!!

50. asc-1138 - September 14, 2008

1. Capt. Fred – September 13, 2008
Why won’t Shatner just retire already? We’re tired of him “not hearing anything over the sound of how awesome he is”.

WE are tired of Shatner? Who the hell do you think you are, the spokes person for all fandom?

Speak for yourself dude, that is your opinion alone.

51. asc-1138 - September 14, 2008

18. TrekMadeMeWonder – September 13, 2008
Can’t someone just clone this guy?

With all due respect Bill.


52. Wes - September 14, 2008

Shatner is good on SNL tonight, why dont they have him host again? Instead they had stupid Michael Phelps who cannot deliver lines. Shatner should have opened their season because he is a current personality and critically acclaimed

53. KJTrek - September 14, 2008

hey, I saw him on SNL. He was better than Phelps, but that is expected… I think they should have had him try to take over the show.

54. Mr. Bob Dobalina - September 14, 2008

#33 “Yes, Shat’s biggest mistake of his life, biting the hands that fed him.”

uh…yeah…that skit really tanked his career. I bet he’s sorry he did that, we sure showed him!

55. NoRez - September 14, 2008

It’s always nice to see the Shat. Now I just need the other 87 minutes of my life back. Nothing against Michael Phelps, but the host and cameo positions should have been switched; it would have been far more entertaining.

56. Wes - September 14, 2008

SNL has sucked for the past few years, it just is not funny anymore they have had bad guests and guest hosts, the cast is not memorable and the comedy is juvenile and not creative like it used to be, this season will not be different from what I saw last night. Here is the thing can anyone currently on the show hold a candle to Eddie Murphy, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, etc.?

57. Nelson - September 14, 2008

I enjoyed Tina Fey’s appearance. Then fell asleep after Shatner’s.

58. Xai - September 14, 2008


59. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine - September 14, 2008

Caught the Shat. He looks great. Hope he lives long enough to have JJ figure out a way to put him in the sequel, at least.

Isn’t it frustrating? To have him around, and obviously working, still popular, and yet not playing Capt Kirk anywhere? Priceline is great and all, but Shatner is Kirk, Kirk is Shatner. Think of how you felt when George Harrison passed away.

60. Ayden Pryde - September 15, 2008

You know, that “Get a life” comment upset me too, I think I was 15 or 16 when he said it, don’t really remember… But, as everyone says, it was a joke, in poor taste perhaps, but what ever… Shatner truly has always been my hero (which is why the comment was so biting…)

Every time I see him, I think of him with the greatest of esteem, maybe even more than my own DAD!!!! I will be very sad when he leaves us… I got very teary eyed when Kirk died in “Generations”; that was probably the worst Trek moment to that date (Data dying in “Nemesis” was the other…)

He deserves to be full of himself, it demonstrates that he has good judgement. Think of all the people he has influenced all over the world?! Seriously, I doubt there has been ANYONE who has influenced more people! He SHOULD be full of himself! It’s not like he is malicious or demented so who does he hurt? But who has he HELPED, just by being himself?…

I can only surmize those who are critical of him are jealous of his accomplishments, I know I am! I only wish I could have lived up to be half the man he is! Really, think about it, if William Shatner bagan to champion any cause, do you not think that he would elicit an immense response? Who could deny him? I wouldn’t be supprised if he could even conjure up a massive coupe! He truly is very influential!

Long live the Shat!

61. Lurker - September 15, 2008

While I always enjoy The Shat, I can understand why they ultimately didn’t “use” him for the new movie, in any significant role. His “Free Enterprise” was really great, but also kind of took the wind out of the actor being taken seriously as Kirk ever again — though he has delivered something equally different and interesting on Boston Legal.

In his old Live Video that you have here, I think he actually had a good point with his Jurassic Park analogy — it really wouldn’t be so hard to write him into the movie in some capacity — and it sounds like Bob Orci and AK did — however, Shat apparently wanted a larger role, and that just isn’t feasible in today’s Trek, I’d argue, with his current “public persona.” But yeah, that video is really “telling,” Shatner obviously knew more than he was letting on…

Nimoy’s presence and career is an entirely different story, and I think he actually deserves this one-more-go-around special role that it looks like he will be getting.

62. ptmph - September 15, 2008

James Kirk is dead. Long live William Shatner

63. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - September 16, 2008



No dude, I get jokes. But as a musician, you should know better than to mention Aldo Nova. We all had forgotten him, and now his music has been played again in my head, thanks to you. You have done us all a disservice.

(BTW, I’m not so thick as to not know what you were getting on about.) is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.