About a month ago we reported that A&E Networks had picked up William Shatner’s new talk show Raw Nerve and it would premiere August 19th (today) on the Bio Channel. Fans have been asking about the show and so TrekMovie checked in with A&E. Don’t worry the show is still coming, but will now be in December. We have an exclusive first image and more details below.
The Shat gets up close and personal
A&E/Bio are pitching Raw Nerve as an "edgy and off-beat celebrity interview series." They promise that Shatner’s unique style will "capture America’s most intriguing people at their most unexpected." Each episode will focus entirely on a single celebrity guest and the show is shot in a real living room (A&E wouldn’t say whose it is, but it isn’t Shatner’s or the guests’). Shatner has chosen to set up the chairs to face each other to get into the personal space of his interviewees and help him strike that raw nerve. Below is an exclusive first image from the show, showing Shatner reach out and touch Kelsey Grammer (who also happens to be a Star Trek alumni).
Shatner strikes a nerve with Kelsey Grammer
Other guests for the show will include John Voight, Jimmy Kimmel, Judge Judy, Jenna Jameson, Valerie Bertinelli, and many more. A guest that Trekkies will especially be tuning in to see will be Leonard Nimoy. The Nimoy episode has already been taped and the original Spock described the experience in his recent interview with TrekMovie:
We had a wonderful conversation. I think we spoke much longer and he got much more material than he needed for what is a half-hour show. We talked for a long time. I thought it was a very new and special and rich conversations. We touched on subjects that were never touched on before as well as reviewing some of the things we have talked about before. I think it is going to be quite wonderful to watch and I am looking forward to seeing it myself, but it is going to be edited so I don’t know what to expect. But I got a very nice call from Bill a week after we had done it thanking me and he felt we had got into some wonderful stuff.
So far around six episodes have been taped and the show was moved back to early or mid December to accommodate Shatner’s schedule (bear in mind he still has more Boston Legal to shoot). As Raw Nerve gets closer, expect more updates and info from TrekMovie.com