When William Shatner’s The Captains documentary airs next month, fans will get to see Shatner and Chris Pine (aka the two Captains Kirk) arm-wrestle. More on that below, plus news on Shatner being nominated for yet another lifetime achievement award and landing a guest spot on Psych.
Shatner arm-wrestles with Chris Pine in "Captains" Doc
For the last year William Shatner has been directing a new documentary called "The Captains," where he sits down with all of Star Trek’s TV captains (Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula) as well as Star Trek’s new Kirk Chris Pine. The doc comes out next month and Shatner offered Canoe.ca a spoiler on his Pine interview saying:
He’s shy. So the way I started the interview, I put out a table and chairs outside the Paramount gates, and arm-wrestled with him. That was the beginning of my interview with him. I think it broke the ice, that’s for sure.
William Shatner’s "The Captains" premieres on the EPIX Channel on July 21st, along with a "Shatnerpalooza" of Shatner-related programming. And if you are not a subscriber of EPIX, you will be able to watch the documentary for free online at epixhd.com.
TrekMovie will have more details on The Captains on EPIX coming up, so stay tuned.
Pine and Shatner to face off in "The Captains"
Shatner nominated for TCA Award + guest spot on Psych
In other Shatner news, the veteran actor/producer/director/writer has been nominated for the Career Achievement Award by the Television Critics Association. The award is for those who have "influenced television through their work on the small screen." In addition to Shatner, this year’s nominees are Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues”), NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol, late-night talk show host David Letterman (“Late Show David Letterman Show”), and actress Cloris Leachman (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and talk show host/network executive Oprah Winfrey (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”). The TCA Awards will be held August 6th. More details at tvcritics.org.
And one final bit of Shatner news has Bill returning to TV in a guest spot on the USA comedy procedural Psych. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Shatner will appear in the upcoming sixth season playing the estranged father of Detective Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson). The character is described as “a charming con man who wants to mend his broken relationship with his daughter. But when the opportunity to pull off a dream con is presented to him, his decision to stay on the right side of the law becomes more complicated.”