The month of Shatcember continues along, this week featuring both ends (Boston Legal) and beginnings (the second week for Raw Nerve) for William Shatner. Trekmovie.com continues its tribute to Shatner and his many TV appearances this month with a look at the finale for BL, new Shatner video, news on upcoming Shat appearances and more.
Say goodbye to ‘Denny Crane!’
Tomorrow (Monday, Shatcember 8th), sees the end of an era with the last episode of Boston Legal ("Last Call") on ABC. At 101 episodes, Boston Legal becomes Shatner’s longest running TV series, beating TJ Hooker, Rescue 911 and Star Trek, and that doesn’t even include the 5 episodes when he played Denny Crane on The Practice. Shatner’s Crane character has become a television icon, earning the actor numerous awards including two Emmys and a Golden Globe.
Here is Shatner on Jimmy Kimmel Live talking about both his new show Raw Nerve, and the finale of Boston Legal.
More Shatner media interviews
Shat will be the King of all media this week talking about the end of BL and his new chat show, so set your DVRs for these Shatner appearances this week (all times are Eastern)
- December 8th: Today Show 8AM (NBC)
- December 8th: Regis and Kelly (Syndicated, check local listings for times and channels)
- December 8th: Howard Stern Radio Show (XM Radio)
- December 9th: Opie and Anthony Radio Show (XM Radio)
- December 9th: Showbiz Tonight – 11 PM (CNN)
- December 10th: Dr. Mehmet Oz -Oprah Radio – 6PM (XM Radio)
And of course do not forget to check in with the two hour Boston Legal Finale "Made in China" and "Last Call" on December 8th at 9 PM (ABC). Watch a video preview at TV.com.
James Spader and William Shatner in the Boston Legal finale
Denny and Boston Legal – postmodernists
Some of the more charming elements of the character and show are the postmodern references, both to the fact that Boston Legal is a television show yet they also often ‘break the 4th wall’ and also the numerous referects to Star Trek on the show. During the episode "Too Much Information," Crane tells Alan Shore that "I’ve hardly seen you this episode." The second season finale episode included Alan telling Denny "I’ll see you next season." In the episode, "Thanksgiving" Alan tells Crane that he will be fine after he retires, because he will be doing Priceline commercials. Star Trek is referenced through Denny’s ringtone (which is the communicator sound) and mentions by Denny of beaming and his previous captaining of his own spaceship ("What am I supposed to do, beam myself to Boston every morning?"). In the episode "Finding Nimmo" Alan mentions that the extinction of Salmon is caused by "sea lice called cling-ons" which prompts Denny to ask "Did you just say Klingons?" Many Trek veterans, from Rene Auberjonois, Scott Bakula, Ethan Phillips, and John Larroquette, have also been featured on the show.
Boston Legal was in the tradition of shows such as Moonlighting, which were dramadies that broke the fourth wall of television and introduced characters that were both strange, yet loveable. And the relationship between Denny and Alan Shore (James Spader), will be remembered as one of the greatest friendships in TV history. Denny Crane, we will miss you.
Here is a tribute video to Denny and Alan.
More Shatcember – more Raw Nerve guests
In other Shatcember news, some new guests have been announced to the lineup of future episodes of Raw Nerve, Shatner’s new talk show on The Biography Channel, including Scott Baio, Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, and Fran Drescher.
This week’s Shatner’s Raw Nerve
December 9th at 10PM and 10:30PM (BIO), Bill’s guests are are Jenna Jameson and Jimmy Kimmel.
Shat talks future music
Also, a new Shatner video where he answers whether he will do another musical album with Ben Folds
Shatcember Gift Idea
Need a gift for a Shatner fan? How about a Shatnerific "A Carol Christmas" DVD. This 2003 TV movie starring Tori Spelling in a reimagined version of the Charles Dickens classic features William Shatner as the Ghost of Christmas Present. This movie shows every year on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. It was during the filming of this holiday movie that someone called Shatner a "has been" which was the inspiration for his 2004 song and album of the same name. The Shat knows how to make an injury and insult something worthwhile. And that’s pretty Shatastic.