William Shatner is such a big star that this week he deserves his own special edition of CelebWatch. We have photos of the original Kirk presenting at the TV Land Awards, news of Shat receiving a critical nomination, video of him talking about his new autobio, quotes from a new interview where he talks about everything from Boston Legal, to Trek to Global Warming, and more.
Shat honors the Office
At the taping for the 6th annual TV Land Awards, William Shatner (along with Ed Asner) presented Steve Carrell and the cast of NBC’s The Office with the Future Classic Award. The awards will air on the TV Land network June 15 at 9 p.m.
Shatner and Asner honor The Office (Bill, couldn’t you find a tie?)
Critics nominate Shatner
The Television Critics Association has announced their nominees for the 2008 Television Critics Association Awards and William Shatner was nominated for the Career Achievement award (along with James Garner, Lorne Michaels, Bill Moyers, and Mike Wallace). JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof’s ABC series Lost was also nominated for Outstanding Drama. The TCA Awards are scheduled for Saturday, July 19.
Shat on the meaning of life
In a new video interview from the Publisher Weekly Book Maven Blog Shatner talks about his approach to writing his new autobiography and how the process helped him find the meaning of his life.
Shatner: There is nothing I can’t do
AP has another extensive feature on Shatner. The article includes an interview with Shatner where he talks about a variety of items.
Shat on his Emmy winning acting on Boston Legal
I’ve obviously had those instruments at my call, but the opportunity to use them wasn’t there
…on climate change
We can’t wait for something dire to happen before this democracy decides to gird up and FIGHT global warming. We’re on … a collision course … with HIStory
…on his future
I have all of the hungers and passions and desires of when I was 20. There’s nothing I can’t do.
The extensive article also includes quotes on Shatner from his “Up Till Now” collaborator David Fisher, Priceline’s Marketing Chief and a Syracuse pop-culture historian, so check it out.
AP has also put together a collection of quotes from the Shatner interview on a variety of subjects, including the original Trek, of which he noted:
The actors were wonderful. And I didn’t care about the sets or anything like that or the cheesy spaceship. … I think that’s what happens in `Star Trek.’ Your eye goes past all the faults because you’re concentrated on the actors and the plot
TekWar is out
The last bit of Shatner news for the week is that his 1995 sci-fi series TekWar (the complete series, but not the TV movies) is being released today on DVD. Pick it up on Amazon.com for $34.99. Here is a description.
In the year 2045, an addictive computer-based reality drug called “tek” has ignited a war that stretches throughout society. Recruited by a mysterious benefactor to stop the advancing drug is Jake Cardigan (Melrose Place’s Greg Evigan), a cop who teams up with a colorful array of partners as the government plots to stop him from revealing the truth. Also starring Eugene Clark (Land of the Dead) and Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis), this riveting series is based on the hit sci-fi novel series by William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal), who also makes special appearances throughout these 18 action-packed episodes!
(Photos: AP & WireImage)