William Shatner, Star Trek’s first Kirk, has been named as one of the 2011 recipients for the prestigious Canadian Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. More details on that below, plus some buzz on how Charlie Sheen’s media blitz meltdown could end up saving William Shatner’s sitcom from.
Canada honors William Shatner
William Shatner will be one of six "laureates" to receive the 2011 Canadian Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement which is described as "the ultimate recognition in Canada’s performing arts" and since since 1992 have been "bestowed by Canadians to Canadians whose accomplishments have inspired and enriched the cultural life of Canada". The official announcement of the award describes Shatner thusly:
William Shatner (Actor, director, producer, writer, spokesman and philanthropist): In a wide-ranging career spanning six decades, William Shatner has recreated himself many times over, each time revealing a new alter ego who seems to completely define him for the moment. Famous for his roles as Captain James Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series and attorney Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal, he has starred in five TV series (Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, The Practice, Boston Legal, and Third Rock from the Sun) and more than 30 films, including Judgment at Nuremberg, seven Star Trek movies, Airplane II: The Sequel, and Miss Congeniality. He is an award-winning actor, accomplished director, best-selling author, and dedicated philanthropist and environmentalist whose compassion, creativity, and irrepressible sense of humour are integral to his life and work.
For his part, Shatner responded to the news in his signature style, telling the Globe and Mail:
One lives many lifetimes in a lifetime. This is just one lifetime award – I expect to be back to get another in a few years.
[Lifetime achievement] does suggest that you accept the award and then drop dead. But I don’t want to be a bother – carting me off stage and all that.”
Other recipients for 2011 awards are Yvon Deschamps (Monologuist), Margie Gillis (Dance artist, choreographer and teacher), Howard Shore (Composer and musician), Leslee Silverman (Artistic director), and Paul Thompson (Theatre creator, animateur and ideal audience). Each laureate will receive a cash award of $25,000 and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint. The 2011 laureates will be honored at various events in Ottawa from May 12 to May 14, including being introduced in the House of Commons, and a Gala held at the National Arts Centre on May 14th, said to feature "superb performances, evocative film portraits, and personal tributes by guest stars."
With Shatner being given this prestigious award by Canada, it seems fitting to once again Share Bill’s famous "I am a Canadian" tribute.
Could Charlie Sheen meltdown lead to Shatner’s sitcom winning?
As previously reported here, William Shatner’s CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says is "on the bubble" with experts not giving it much of a chance for a second season. The show, which already had its episode order cut to 18, was the lowest performer of the CBS sitcoms. However, a tiger blood fueled ray of hope has emerged in the last week in the form of the extremely public meltdown of actor Charlie Sheen. CBS and Warner Brothers have already put Sheen’s Two and a Half Men on early hiatus for the rest of this season and another season is in doubt. Yesterday the industry watching site TVByTheNumbers opined on this issue, noting:
Were Two and a Half Men not in doubt, it’s likely both $#*! My Dad Says and Mad Love would be cancelled. On the chance that Two and a Half Men doesn’t return at all next fall…CBS has only 4 veteran sitcoms certainly returning (Rules of Engagement, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, and Mike & Molly), and my guess is they’d likely renew either Mad Love or $#*! My Dad Says in some capacity.
While nothing close to Sheen’s public attacks, Shatner himself has critiqued CBS. In a tweet sent out the week of the $#*! My Dad Says season finale, Shatner sated that "CBS doesn’t seem to be promoting" his show, leaving it to Shatner to do all the work.
Charlie Sheen’s public meltdown could move CBS to keep Shatner’s sitcom