We now have a date and a place for when we will be able to see William Shatner’s The Captains. The documentary about the various Star Trek captains will premiere on the EPIX channel (and online) on July 21st. EPIX is also planning a "Shatnerpalooza" of programming including six Star Trek films, classic Shatner movies, the Gonzo Ballet and more. Details below.
EPIX To Premiere Shatner’s "The Captains" w/ a "Shatnerpalooza"
Today the EPIX premium channel announced they will be premiering The Captains, the new documentary directed by William Shatner. The Captains will give fans in-depth look at the Star Trek franchise through the experiences of each actor who has played a Starfleet captain, including Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, Chris Pine and Shatner himself.
The Captains will air Thursday July 21st on EPIX along with a "Shatnerpalooza,” – a 48 hour marathon of Shatner-themed programming, including all six original Star Trek films. Also included will be the premiere of William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet and some rarely seen (and sometimes controversial films), including The Intruder, Big Bad Mama, Disaster on a Coastliner and Broken Angel. There will even be some Shatner TV episodes, including a classic 1964 episode of Outer Limits, a Shatner-iffic episode of Iron Chef and the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner.
Watch "The Captains" and "Shatnerpalooza" Free Online
Shatnerpalooza will be available to subscribers to EPIX, which is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS. In addition, all of the Shatner programming (including The Captains) will launch simultaneously on EPIX VOD service, EpixHD.com and will also be available across Internet connected devices.
This means that anyone (in the USA) can sign up for a free online trial for EPIX in July and see all the Shatner programming, even if EPIX is not available with your TV provider.
TrekMovie and EPIX will also be working together promoting the event, so stay tuned for clips, details, and contest giveaways.
Thrill Bill on Tonight Show – Bill announces Captains on EPIX
Last night Shatner appeared again on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno for his second "Thrill Bill" segment where contestants try to "Thrill Bill," including one guy who does impressions of both Leno and Shatner. Bill also announces the premiere of The Captains on Epix.