With all the talk about the new Star Trek (and Anthony’s ringing review of the new Kirk), did you think we forgot about the Original? Not for a second. We have been and always shall be keeping a Watch on Bill Shatner and today we have vids of him talking about the new Enterprise and UFOs, a rundown on ‘Shatcember’ and much much more Billness going on.
The Original Captain Kirk thinks the new Enterprise is ‘ship shape’
In a brand new Shatner Project Video, Bill has some words for those who fret over the details of the new Enterprise.
Get Ready For Shatcember
Shatner owns December. In fact, there are so many Shatner appearances on television that at Trekmovie, we have decided to rename the month Shatcember. While his six year run as Denny Crane (counting both Boston Legal and The Practice) ends this December, William Shatner (of course) shows no signs of stopping. In addition to the usual reruns of Star Trek (locally, TVLAND), TJ Hooker (METV Chicago), and Boston Legal (locally, ION), Shatner has these new offerings for fans to TiVo.
Raw Nerve Premier (December 2 at 10/9 Central, Biography Channel)
Shatner’s talk show Raw Nerve starts the month of Shatcember. Shatner is a very good interviewer, and the show promises to talk about issues and concerns often ignored by other venues with celebrities such as Leonard Nimoy, Tim Allen, Drew Carey, Jimmy Kimmel, Howie Mandel, Judge Judy, Valerie Bertinelli, Jenna Jameson, Jon Voight and fellow captain Kelsey Grammer (Morgan Bateson, "Cause and Effect," TNG). There is a new video available to watch at the official website, and goto WilliamShatner.com for behind the scenes photos of the Raw Nerve set.
Shat and Nimoy on Raw Nerve
(NOTE: date for Nimoy episode is still unknown)
Boston Legal Finale (December 8 at 9/8 Central, ABC)
Entitled "Last Call" the last episode of Boston Legal is a sad farewell for a show that garnered Emmy and Golden Globe wins for William Shatner. This evening, ABC is showing two episodes of the show, making the finale a two hour event. Denny Crane! Before then there are two more episodes, including "Thanksgiving" airing this Monday, here is an image (more at boston-legal.org)
Shatner and the cast of Boston Legal give thanks in “Thanksgiving”
Gotta Catch Santa (December 21, Teletoon Canada)
The holiday special Gotta Catch Santa features William Shatner as the voice of St. Nick. Filmed in the Rankin-Bass style, the show will also be shown in the United States this Shatcember (to be announced). The show features a quantum physics themed narrative.
Image from "Catch Santa"
Million Dollar Password (December 21 at 8/7 Central, CBS)
The very popular Million Dollar Password, hosted by Regis Philbin, returns for its second season this Shatcember. Appropriately, CBS has decided that the Shat should be the first guest, who along with CSI’s Aisha Tyler, will help contestants win big money.
Regis prepares to face Shatner on "Million Dollar Password"
You can dress like Denny Crane…literally
Need something to wear in Shatcember? With the end of Boston Legal you can actually wear a memento from the show. To do so, head to Manhattan Beach, CA this weekend for the Studio Lot Sale being conducted by Premiere Props. Their announcement reads:
Premiere Props, on behalf of David E. Kelley Productions, is holding a two-day public lot sale of thousands of high-end wardrobe and costumes from David E. Kelley Productions’ hit shows including Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal.
A wide variety of timeless and one-of-a-kind formal, casual and children clothing, shoes, accessories and wedding gowns from David E. Kelley’s hit shows will be up for sale including Ralph Lauren’s “Purple Label,” Frye, Armani, Dolce and Gabana, BCBG, Charles David, UGG, Manolo Blahniks and many more!
More info at PremiereProps.
Autograph Magazine takes on Shatner
Shatner even dominates in the world of magazines this Shatcember. Autograph Magazine each year offers its list of 10 Best and Worst Signers among celebrities. In the December 2008 issue, unfortunately for the Shat, he is listed as the #2 worst signer. This is his second year in a row on the worst side of the list. The article says:
If nasty were a virtue, William Shatner would be a saint. He seems to take such joy in torturing fans and collectors that Shatner is known around Autograph as the "Marquis de Sign
Ouch. Although the article praises Shatner for making his autograph available to everyone via his website store, the editorial is scathingly critical. The problem, though, is that Autograph Magazine’s Best and Worst lists are sometimes based on reports from dealers asking for signatures they intend to sell. When Shatner is at a restaurant, and someone just happens to have an 8X10 picture of him as Captain Kirk on them, chances are Shatner knows the person is an autograph dealer who was tipped off to his presence. I have always found Shatner to be a very gracious signer. While the article criticizes him for not interacting with fans, he has always had a smile or kind word when signing for us, even during busy lines at conventions. In fact, he congratulated us on our son’s birth during a convention signing. Shatner might not be very kind to autograph dealers who sell his autograph, but he is not necessarily that way towards his fans.
Bill hasn’t seen aliens?
In our birthday tribute to William Shatner "77 Reasons Why William Shatner Is Awesome," coming in at #66 was that he "reported seeing a UFO in the Mojave Desert in 1967." Our friends at the Shatner Project asked Bill about this, and apparently it may have to come off the list.
Obama to step in to end Shat/Takei war?
What were the two biggest stories this Fall. One is the US Presidential Election, and the other is the ongoing Feud between George Takei and William Shatner. SF Chronicle political cartoonist Don Asmussen found a way to put those stories together.