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William Shatner Honored With Canadian Lifetime Achievement Award + Could Charlie Sheen Save Shatner’s Sitcom? March 3, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Shatner , trackback

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


1. Harry Ballz - March 3, 2011

The Sheen/Shatner Show!

Say that five times fast!

2. Christopher_Roberts - March 3, 2011

CBS not promoting a valuable property? Shirley you can’t be serious?

3. Josh H - March 3, 2011

While the Governor-general is at it, how about an Order of Canada for Bill?
Rush has one.

4. Phil - March 3, 2011


5. Harry Ballz - March 3, 2011


I am…….and don’t call me Shirley!

6. Lt. Bailey - March 3, 2011

Have Charlie Sheen replace the son on “Bleep” my dad says.

7. Graham Laurie - March 3, 2011

William Shatner, Star Trek’s first Kirk?, Star Trek’s REAL KIRK!!!

8. MvRojo - March 3, 2011

They went into this season with 4 returning shows and six slots. It’s really not hard for CBS to come up with two new shows considering how strong they comedy development has been for much of the last decade. The way it works out at this point is they need one new show on monday and one on Thursday.

9. Christopher_Roberts - March 3, 2011

Hey Charlie, can you roll your eyes a bit? You know… act like you’re sick?

The kid’s a pro!

Oh wait… (sucks in air through teeth)

You’re really not acting this time.

10. dc - March 3, 2011

The son in Bill’s show is aweful

11. Pierre - March 3, 2011

This is a very prestigious award to Mr. Shatner.

12. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - March 3, 2011

Way to go Shat. You are the Man. I hope his sitcom gets a second chance. It is really funny. As far as Sheen. Get some HELP!!!!!!!

13. Dac - March 3, 2011

@10 DC Nailed it. Shatner is pretty good, the brother and sister in law are pretty good, hell, even the scripts are “pretty good”, its the character (or the actor) of the son that killed the show for me. He is for all intents and purposes a main character, and, well. He’s more wooden than Shat’s old Captains Chair.

14. VulcanFilmCritic - March 3, 2011

Shatner and Sheen? It’s like putting chocolate and peanut butter together! Why didn’t someone think of this before?
But I wouldn’t waste Sheen’s drug-fueled word salad on a mere sitcom.
No. “Shatner’s Raw Nerve!” That is where his brand of verbal diarrhea belongs!
And if you can’t get Sheen live, then just have Shatner read his most egregious flights-of-ideas as dramatic poems. Set to the music of bongo drums and bass, of course.
Move over, Sarah Palin, Shatner’s got a brand new toy!

15. Ian K - March 3, 2011

the pics of sheen are great hahahaha

16. CDR Arch - March 3, 2011

I really like the @$ my dad said. It is getting better every week! I can never get enough Capt Kirk

17. MvRojo - March 3, 2011

#16. The show’s season is already over unfortunately.

18. grigori - March 3, 2011

The sitcom only sparks and sparkles when Shatner’s onscreen. I hope they find a way to keep it going.

If not, I love Shatner’s Raw Nerve: here was an unexpected talent for interviewing. It works.

19. Daoud - March 3, 2011

A second season of Shat My Dad Says would have to involve Ed going on a road trip of some sort with Rosemary, leaving the schmuck sons behind…. putting Shatner in various situations as he travels around the country in a big ole RV with Jean Smart. That would be fun to watch.
For a finale of Shat My Dad Says, here’s the concept…
Denny Crane wakes up in bed with Candice Bergen’s character and says.. “What the hell kind of dream was that? And who were those asses of sons supposed to be?”

20. Vultan - March 3, 2011

Shat’s show will only be “winning” when they hire some decent writers and supporting actors. Having said that, it’s probably too late to save this ship from sinking, tiger blood or not.

21. David G. - March 3, 2011

The person playing the younger son on The Shatner Show isn’t acting. He’s reciting memorized lines.

22. Red Dead Ryan - March 3, 2011

I didn’t know Howard Shore was Canadian! That’s awesome! His “Lord Of The Rings” scores are classic!

I hope Shatner’s show takes the place of “Two And A Half Men”. Charlie Sheen is a scumbag who needs to have his ass whooped by Dr. Phil.

I saw Piers Morgan’s interview with Sheen. Talk about a major suck-up! Sheen has been acting like a jerk, demanding a $1 million dollar raise per episode, while going on anti-Semitic rants against his boss, and all Piers can say is who cares if Sheen likes to party?!

It’s like Sheen can do no wrong! Hollywood pisses me off sometimes!

23. jas_montreal - March 3, 2011

Proud to have my same hometown as Mr.Shatner. Montreal forever !

24. Deflector dish guy - March 3, 2011

Hey Anthony, was watching Conan O’Brien tonight and he went into the audience to interact with them, and the girl he ended up sitting down with looked and sounded EXACTLY like meekakitty, that gorgeous girl who did “Star Trek Girl” viral music video on YouTube.

Any word on that?

25. Cenobyte - March 3, 2011

21. David G.:
I totally agree that kid ain’t so hot… he’s the weak link on the show by far!

22. Red Dead Ryan:

Jeez, I dont know if calling the writer of his show by his real name should be considered an “anti-Semitic rant”, I think in his head he’s pointing out what a phony they guy is. I’m not saying he should have done it or that Charlie Sheen is some great guy, but seriously… “anti-Semitic rant”? Please.

And I happen to agree with Piers Morgan, if the guy wants to party let him do whatever he wants, who cares? He obviously has issues, and maybe one day he won’t wake up from his partying… but again, who cares? It’s his choice. We’re talking about Charlie Sheen here, not another genuinely talented actor (Bill Shatner)! ;)

26. Tom1701 - March 3, 2011

#10— yeah! who did he know— he is pathetic!
He’s a drag on the Shat’s performance!

27. Red Dead Ryan - March 3, 2011

By the way, I’ve always thought Charlie Sheen was overrated as well as his show well before his recent antics!

28. Canon Schmanon - March 3, 2011

I practically kill myself to make tens of thousands of dollars a year, and Charlie Sheen bitches he’s being taken advantage of because he only makes around two million an episode! He should be effing grateful that these people have created this show that made him a multimillionaire! It’s not like he created the show. He merely plays a toned-down version of himself. I have no sympathy for this stupid bastard.

I have much sympathy for Bill Shatner. Having listened to his latest self-confessional with Ben Folds, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s not a happy person. It’s like there’s some deep sadness in him, a restlessness that has never found a roost. He’s really managed to humanize himself in a lot of ways.

However, I STILL don’t want to see him play Kirk again.

29. Jim Nightshade - March 3, 2011

look up meekakitty on wiki it says she is currently modeling in japan i think?not sure–also saw she was in ny-n some of her videos shes close to disneyland so i dunno–hah–i thought shat my dad was getting good ratings following bb theory–

30. Soran - March 4, 2011

A fine honour, but why does the Governor General need to give William Shatner, with his hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of priceline.com shares, cash as well as the medal? It’s not like he’s a struggling young artist who needs the support to continue his work.

31. MJ - March 4, 2011

So this is what happens when Red Dead Ryan and Harry Ballz vote online 5000 times a piece for the Shat up in Canada.

32. Thomas - March 4, 2011

As far as Two and a Half Men is concerned, I personally don’t care if it’s cancelled or not; the few times I watched it, I found it to be a dumb, unfunny show that is also ridiculously successful. However, there is such bad blood between Sheen and executive producer Chuck Lorre/CBS that this show may really be done. Sheen is busy burning his bridges while Lorre can concentrate on his other successful CBS shows such as Mike & Molly and The Big Bang Theory.

As for $#*! My Dad Says, I saw part of one episode and changed the channel. I like Shatner, but he’s not enough of a draw for me to stick with a lousy sitcom.

33. Iowagirl - March 4, 2011

Congrats Bill!

…and WTF is that Sheen guy everybody keeps talking ’bout? :))

34. Hateya - March 4, 2011

Bill, since you might have some time extra on your hands, perhaps you could get back to the academy books. Collision Course was fun. Look, it really doesn’t matter to me how much of the book you actually wrote because I LOVED that alternative version of how Kirk and Spock met, too. Don’t forget to bring in Uhura. *wink wink nod nod*

35. Kirk James T. - March 4, 2011

bring back Boston Legal….

36. LaBarre - March 4, 2011

Sheen can’t save himself never mind Shat’s show, which is a crock anyway.

Anyhoo,n congrats to Bill on his Canadian honour.

37. CanadianShane - March 4, 2011

Shatner make me proud to be Canadian, hey so does Drake, Bieber, Shiana Twain, Celine Dion etc. Many greats of the entertainment field come from Canada and make me proud, well, maybe not Bieber, lol, yeah even him. Congrats Mr. Shatner on an amazing career.

38. VOODOO - March 4, 2011

Shatner’s program is rechid (like 99.9% of all sitcoms) I hope it gets the axe. It insults (like 99.9% of all sitcoms) the audiences IQ.

P.S. The Charlie Sheen program is equally as bad. Who watches this crap?

39. Sebastian - March 4, 2011

Charlie Sheen is just an OD waiting for a morgue slab.

Hate to be so blunt or gruesome, but addicts such as him should NOT be so enabled by the rest of the entertainment community (I’ve had addicts in my own family, I know what it’s like). Sheen needs to stay off the public radar (and that means no more embarrassing, drug-fueled ‘interviews’/rants where he ends every sentence with “winning!”), and get it together.

If he is isolated for a while, maybe he can turn off his chemically stimulated ADHD and actually listen to those who want to help him (and not the bimbo ‘goddesses’ ; two embarrassing gold-diggers who are merely riding the fire trail of his self-destruction. Parasites). Personally, I’m not a fan of his show (I hate the current wave of ‘man-child’ movies and TV shows; they’re boring and encourage boorish behavior). But this is not about ratings, this is about potentially saving the life of a drug addict who is clearly out of control.

Wonder how his dad and brothers are dealing with this.

40. NX-UESPA CLASS STARSHIP - March 4, 2011

#5 – Harry Balls

Thank You for paying a tribute to the Commander J.J. Adams of the Starship USS Tempest NCC-C57D. Leslie Nielsen is already missed.

You were right, “Forbidden Planet” is the inspiring point of Star Trek.

Only one actor from the movie made a Star Trek Guest Appearance.
Mr. Warren Stevens in the Star Trek episode “By Any Other Name”.
His character name in the episode “Rojan”.

Take Care.

41. Peter - March 4, 2011

One of the pioneers of television. And a great example of perseverence. As for Sheen . . . a talented and troubled guy with a lot of cash in his hands. Reminds me of how somebody described winning the lotto: It’s like adding miracle grow to one’s character flaws.

42. DurdSoB - March 4, 2011

Sheen should be the third son in Shit My Dad Says.

43. Oz - March 4, 2011

Nice still photo there of Sheen’s audition for the part of a post-galactic barrier-ized Gary Mitchell.

44. Daoud - March 4, 2011

Hmmmm, Jon Cryer would make a great son for Shatner’s Ed. Interesting concept, to somehow transplant Ed. Perhaps Holland Taylor’s character could meet and fall for Ed.

Hmmmm, that would be an interesting series…. “Shat and a Half Men”

45. Victor Hugo - March 4, 2011

30. Because Shatner is Captain Canada. A country needs to celebrate all his heroes.

46. chrisfawkes.com - March 4, 2011

Still waiting for Shatner’s knighthood.

I hear they are now doing a female version called two and a half women.

Maybe they could get a blonde trek actress into sheen’s role.

47. Jvzilen - March 4, 2011

i hope they do get a second season.. i would hate for the show to end on a cliff hanger

48. Robman007 - March 4, 2011

I was at the live filming of the season finale of Shanters show and it was a hoot. Shatner was very funny, often getting “talked too” about saying sh!t instead of bleep on the final line of the episode and other adlibs he’d do. Still, after most of the scenes finished filming he’d come over to the audience and talk to us about what we just saw and the processes, etc. I actually won a shirt too for being the loudest fan there…had to show my support for Kirk.

On a side note, I have a better apprciation for the show after seeing it live. The actors all seemed good and Shatner was very professional, but laid back too. Everyone on set seemed to love Shat and were constantly taking pictures with him and chattin him up. The editing cut out one of the funniest scenes, but still, great experience to see Shatner do his job live. Rather unique compaired to meeting him at a convention.

49. Victor Hugo - March 4, 2011

I want to have HALF the energy this man has on that age.

50. T'Cal - March 4, 2011

Is his show a sit-com, a shat-com, or a shit-com?? I’m confused!

51. Wheeli - March 4, 2011

25. Cenobyte – March 3, 2011

Sheen has Lot of nerve critizing some else for changing their name and calling them a phoney.

Just sayin’

52. Alaska Joe - March 4, 2011

Retool the show, call it: “$#*! My Sheen Says”. Ratings explosion.

53. Red Dead Ryan - March 4, 2011


“So this is what happens when Red Dead Ryan and Harry Ballz vote online 5000 times a piece for the Shat up in Canada.”

Well, as they say up here in Canada, “HAIR today, gone tomorrow”!

54. Crusade2267 - March 4, 2011

I hope it gets a second season. I think there’s potential there, and it would really disappoint me if they don’t reach it. That said, I absolutely hate Henry, who is supposed to be the co-star, but isn’t nearly as funny or likable as anyone else on the show.

55. Daoud - March 4, 2011

The character Henry’s accidental death could make the show very interesting. Will Sasso’s a pro, as is Nicole Sullivan. Never understood what they were thinking in casting the titular son though. Should have been someone iconic… I’d almost say it would have been better to condense the sons into one character, with Will Sasso playing the role.

56. Harry Ballz - March 4, 2011


Thanks for the kind feedback!

By the way………that’s BALLZ, not BALLS!


57. Cenobyte - March 4, 2011

51. Wheeli – March 4, 2011

Sure, but that wasn’t my point, my only point was that in Sheen’s mind he thinks the writer is a phony and used the name thing as an example of that … in other words I don’t believe it was an “anti-Semitic rant”. Those types of terms are thrown around way too loosely these days and it bothers me. I’m not defending Sheen in any way shape or form, I could actually care less what he does or thinks, just pointing out the bloody obvious as far as I can see.

58. Robman007 - March 4, 2011

The actor who plays Henry was a really cool guy when I was at the filming and I think it is the content and writing that makes him and his character unlikable.

The producers seemed to get annoyed when Shatner was adlibbin…it did improve the jokes.

I do hope the show does not get canned. I think Season 1 of any show is utter garbage at times and you need a season 2 to improve the formula. Exceptions to the season 1 rule include Star Trek and Twilight Zone. Those were amazing season 1 episodes.

59. jjabber - March 4, 2011

I have to say I thought the Shatner sitcom was going to be a train wreck but I love it. He is a great straight man . It should do better after all us nerds watch Big Bang. Not sure why it is tanking. I predict it will get 3 shaky seasons then get cancelled and become a cult classic…just a feeling

60. jorDe' - March 4, 2011

CBS Executives have always had their head’s stuck where the sun don’t shine.

61. CommanderJacobs - March 4, 2011

How about Chris Pine as Ed’s 3rd son?

62. dmduncan - March 4, 2011

Save both the show and Charlie Sheen by adding Sheen to the show and renaming it “Shit My Charlie Sheen Says.”

63. Recorder Marker - March 5, 2011

What about “Sh!t…My Charlie X Says.” Man, Charlie is thoroughly channeling his inner Thasian here to play a son and Shatner has experience with this kind of thing.

If anyone can turn a turkey into meatloaf it’s Charlie!

64. Tim - March 5, 2011

Didn’t Shatner also star in the “Tek War” series?

65. Areli - March 5, 2011

I love S#*! My Dad Says. I try and watch it every week, but the son on the show is so awful. He makes me not want to see the show. Mr. Shanter, and the other cast members are holding it up better than the son.

66. Harry Ballz - March 5, 2011

How about a new reality show where Shatner is appointed guardian over Charlie Sheen’s life? The title?


67. Brett Campbell - March 5, 2011

The less press Sheen gets, the better the world will be.

68. Harry Ballz - March 5, 2011

I wonder if the “goddesses” polish his “trophy” to a nice sheen every night?

69. dmduncan - March 5, 2011

I wonder if being the son of Captain Willard has Sheen a bit nervous? You know, is he concerned he’ll wake up one night to dad Martin outlined in the dark with a hardwood paddle in his hand? Charlie: “You’re an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.”

70. grigori - March 5, 2011

#49 on Shat’s energy–I thought the gag was going to be that Ed was even going to TRY to jump over the counter! Then darned if he didn’t go and JUMP! *lol* I lost it laughing.

71. dmduncan - March 6, 2011

Comedy Central’s roast of William Shatner is now streaming on Netflix.

72. captain_neill - March 6, 2011

UK fans

S@*t My Dad Says starts on 5 Star on Digital. Part of the Channel 5 network.

73. Jim Nightshade - March 6, 2011

I remember watching that shatner roast on the last nite of the 40th ann. vegas trek convention down by quarks bar with other fans–it was rather shocking to the crowd cuz of all the uncalled for tacky n tasteless sex n gay jokes in the roast most of which had nothin to do with shatner-

74. keachick - March 6, 2011

#68 – “I wonder if the “goddesses” polish his “trophy” to a nice sheen every night?”

They are welcome to it. That is one “trophy” I have no desire to polish. Ick!

75. Harry Ballz - March 6, 2011


Good thing he’s not asking, eh?

76. Jim Nightshade - March 7, 2011

75 Harry…good POINT!!! (Opps hahaha)

77. captain_neill - March 7, 2011


Watched it again as I bought the DVD

Some of it was funny, some of the auto cued gayjokes had more to do with Goeroge Takei.

Problem is you can really point out autocued jokes

78. losira - March 7, 2011

I hope that Shat’s show isn.t canceled. I love his wit and his portrayal of a cynical cranky…..Dr. Just great in comedy sit com.

79. keachick - March 7, 2011

I hope they do not cancel the Shat show. It is supposed to be coming to NZ TV some time this year. If the show is cancelled, the network here may decide not to bother screening the first season…:((

80. Christopher Roberts - March 8, 2011

I’ve already posted this elsewhere, but it makes sense to point it out here.

Message for anyone reading this in the UK –
Great Britain – England – Wales – Scotland – Northern Ireland


Shatner fans get to see for the first time tonight.

It’s on a channel called 5 STAR at 10.30pm.

Freeview ch30 – Sky ch175 – Virgin ch151

81. Christopher Roberts - March 8, 2011

72. Already beat me to it. :)

82. Christopher Roberts - March 8, 2011

Just seen the show and it’s great. Well worth watching next week.

That was Will Sasso in it too, if I’m not mistaken. He was in the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie and fainted when he saw the Eighth Doctor smash the morgue door down.

83. dmduncan - March 8, 2011

Apocalypse Now, best movie ever made. Charlie was clippin from it heavily in his latest Sheen’s Korner rant. Even did a Kurtz impression. He really does fancy himself Kurtz gone too far up the river.

84. Christopher Roberts - March 9, 2011

83. Apocalypse Now? More like Hot Shots, Part Deux.

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