Our fourth Shatcember article ends the month in traditional William Shatner style, with enthusiasm and fun. During these two weeks of December Bill makes both holiday special and game show appearances. Trekmovie continues its Shatcember coverage and also celebrates previous Shatner game show moments and more.
Million Dollar Password
This summer, CBS revamped the perennial game show favorite Password with host Regis Philbin. The show was a success and is back for its second season starting December 18th (8 PM). On the show, two celebrities help contestants compete for a possible million dollar win. The season begins with guest celebrities Aisha Taylor and the Shat.
Shatner v Regis…this week
Ironically, the Shat and the Regis have much in common. They were born the same year, they were both inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame together, both have television talk shows, and they both kind of look alike (well, they do!). This is not the first time the Shat has been on a game show hosted by Regis, either. Below are some of Shatner's greatest game show performances, including his fun game of Pyramid where he plays both contestant and celebrity and loses! The moment was so funny that Pyramid ran this as a promotion for the show for many years.
While we wait, here are some classic Shatner game show moments:
Shat on Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Shat on Wheel of Fortune
Shat on Pyramid
Shat on Weakest Link
Bill media blitz
The Shat was everywhere this week, watch the clips:
Opie & Anthony:
Regis & Kelly:
Shatner is as much an institution as the holidays, so it makes sense that the two combine like chocolate and peanut butter during the month of Shatcember. Bill is on not one, but two rerun of Christmas specials this season. ABC Family is rerunning the modern version of the Charles Dickens's classic with the 2003 television movie "A Carol Christmas" starring Tori Spelling (December 14 at 10 AM & December 18 at 7 AM). Shatner plays the Ghost of Christmas Present. Trivia alert: this is the television movie that during the filming, another actor called Shatner a "has been" to his face. Instead of taking umbrage, the Shat titled his critically acclaimed album with Ben Folds "Has Been" and includes a track about why being a "has been" is a good thing. Meanwhile, Comedy Central has a rerun of the 2005 Denis Leary "Merry #!*&#^* Christmas Special" (December 19 10PM) which features a hilarious spoof of the holidays by the Shat.
Bill on the "Merry #!*&#^* Christmas Special"
Raw Nerve Update – Nimoy Date set for January
The official site for Shatner's new talk show "Raw Nerve" has been updated and lists Tuesday, January 6th for the episode with his interview with Leonard Nimoy. During these next two Tuesdays, Bill's guests include television icon Judge Judy and fellow starship captain Kelsey Grammer. Raw Nerve airs Tuesdays on the Biography Channel at 10PM. This week Bill's guest was porn star Jenna Jameson. The Shatner Project caught up the adult film actress and did a post Shatner interview interview, and it has almost 700,000 views in just five days. Jameson admits she was a fan of Star Trek, check it out:
Shatner Hilarity and Drama
Shatner has many guest appearances this month in various movies and television episodes. A rerun (December 18 Nickelodeon, 4AM) of a very funny episode called "Eye, Tooth" of The Fresh Prince of BelAir starring Will Smith has the Shat playing himself and getting to say lines like "Dawg!" because he is affected by laughing gas.
Shatner does as good with action and drama as comedy, of course. Fans can watch the Shat as Major Robert Carson in 2000's Falcon Down Falcon Down (Sci Fi Channel, December 19, 3AM), starring Dale Midkiff.
More Shatcember viewing:
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Cinemax,
December 21, 7:35 AM
- White Comanche, TCM, December 24, 4:30 AM
- Miss Congeniality, CINEMAX, December 23, 4:15 PM
- Miss Congeniality 2, OXYGEN, December 24, 7PM and 9:30 PM
2009: The Year of the Shat?
Thinking about the end of Shatcember, some fans may be sad about its ending. The month has been a veritable Shatfest with more than 40 appearances in television reruns and new programs. Yet, William Shatner and Captain Kirk's life lessons have taught us optimism, and 2009 is going to be a great Shatyear. There will be more Raw Nerve (and hopefully a renewal for more episodes), conventions, comic books, and guest appearances. In fact, we already have news about 2009. Comics Continuum has the cover of Shatner's comic book that will be given away on the popular "Free Comic Book Day" May 2, 2009. FCBD is an annual celebration of comics where comic shops give away books to help promote the best in comics and comic fandom. Also, Shatner is already scheduled for a January 7th appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. 2009 is going to Shatastic and Billicious!