William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, may be headed back to series television. Shatner has been cast as titular lead in the comedy pilot "Shit My Dad Says", which is actually based on the popular Twitter account of the same name, more details below.
Shit Shatner Says
29 year-old Justin Halpern became an Internet star when he launched the Twitter account ShitMyDadSays last year. The account description was "I’m 29. I live with my 74-year-old dad. He is awesome. I just write down shit that he says." In less than a year he picked up over 1.1 million followers, who are entertained by the colorful things his dad has to say. Warner Bros. TV began developing "Shit My Dad Says" into a multi-camera comedy for CBS last year with a script commitment.
Today The Hollywood Reporter revealed that William Shatner will be starring as the dad and it has been greenlit for a pilot. The pilot is being executive produced by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the creators of Will & Grace. Halpern co-penned the script with Patrick Schumacker and the pair will also co-exec produce. Regarding the profane title, the THR story notes the "title is expected to change if it goes to series."
William Shatner is no stranger to comedy as he has appeared in a number of comedy films, including the two Miss Congeniality movies and Free Enterprise. However, this would be his first time starring in a sitcom. Shatner has starred in a number of TV series since Star Trek, with the latest being Boston Legal, where Shatner picked up five Emmy nominations (with one win). Shatner did have a recurring role on the sitcom Third Rock from the Sun, which also garnered him an Emmy nomination.
UPDATE: Bill Tweets about new show
Willliam Shatner also happens to be on Twitter, you can follow him at twitter.com/WilliamShatner. He has posted some tweets today about this
WilliamShatner: #FF @shitmydadsays These are exciting times! Thanks for all your support. My best, Bill
WilliamShatner: Boy, am I going to be busy. That’s an issue I have in my life right now: priorities. How to balance my time? My best, Bill.
Note FF is Twitter shorthand for ‘Follow Friday’ where many Twitters recommend people to follow