CBS Picks Up Shatner Sitcom ‘$#*! My Dad Says’ & Orci/Kurtzman’s ‘Hawaii Five-O’ + Trailer For Abrams ‘Undercovers’

William Shatner, Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, is headed back to network TV, this time in a sitcom. CBS is announcing their Fall schedule this week, which will include the $#*! My Dad Says sitcom, as well as the remake of Hawaii Five-O, produced by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. More details below, plus NBC’s newly released trailer for JJ Abrams Undercovers.



CBS picks up $#*! My Dad Says & Hawaii Five-O

The official CBS ‘upfront’ presentation is not until tomorrow, but The Hollywood Reporter and other sources have confirmed that CBS has picked up the sitcom $#*! My Dad Says for the fall season. The comedy is about a young man (played by Cougar Town’s Ryan Devlin) who has to move in with his curmudgeon father (played by Shatner). The show is based on the real-life relationship between writer Justin Halpern and his father, and was spawned from his popular Twitter page @shitmydadsays. There is an unconfirmed report at Deadline Hollywood that even though CBS liked the show, they will be replacing Devlin as the son.

Halpern co-wrote the pilot and is an executive producer on the show. In a new interview promoting his new book, Halpern said of Shatner "I pushed for Mr. Shatner. He’s been fantastic. He’s like my dad in that he says what he wants to say when he wants to say it."

Writer Patrick Schumacker, Executive Producer David Kohan, actors Stephanie Lemelin, Will Sasso and William Shatner, Producer Justin Halpern, actress Nicole Sullivan, director James L. Burrows and Executive Producer Max Mutchnick of the TV pilot “(Bleep) My Dad Says” arrive at the 20th Annual William Shatner’s Hollywood Charity Horse Show on May 1, 2010 in Burbank, California.

THR is also reporting that CBS has picked up Hawaii Five-O, the remake of the classic cop show from the 70s. The new Hawaii Five-O was developed by Star Trek co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The new show stars Alex O’Loughlin (Three Rivers) as Det. Steve McGarrett, Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) as Det. Chin Ho Kelly. The series will shoot on location in Hawaii, which has the locals very happy since Lost has just closed down its production.

Today Roberto Orci tweeted about the pickup:

Hawaii is a go. Looks like I’m finally going to get a lei!

Stay classy Bob!

NBC releases Undercovers trailer + Abrams behind the scenes shooting pilot

As reported previously, NBC picked up JJ Abrams’ show about two married spies, Undercovers. The show will air Wednesday’s at 8PM starting in the fall. Abrams created the show and is executive producer. He also directed the pilot. Here is a trailer taken from clips from the pilot.


This morning Undercovers stars Boris Kodjo & Gugu Mbatha-Raw were guests on The Today Show where they talked about the show and Abrams, and also showed some behind the scenes clips of Abrams shooting the pilot.

NBC has also added an official site at


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I cant wait to see the new sitcom shatner is oddly funny!

How do you pronounce “$#*! My Dad Says” I wonder…?

Good place/vehicle for The Shat these days. Maybe now that he has a job, we won’t have to hear all the crap about wanting to be in the Star Trek sequel….for the right price, of course.

2- I pronounce it “Shit my dad says”


Uhhhhhhh… they’s never gunna’ have a better openin’ theme song than tha’ original Hawaii 5-0… It’s upside down! Shootin’ towards a plane! Hulu dancers! McGarrett scowlin’ from up a tower! Zulu as Kono! Kam Fong as Chin Ho!
Great show.

And McGarrett, unlike tha’ Irony Man films, fought tha’ Mandarin (think he wuz’ called Lo Fat- no joke, really!) Bob and Alex, well… book ’em, Danno. As much as I loved tha’ new Starry Trek, this be a bad idea fur’ ye’ blokes. Unless… unless ye’ can do ta’ it what ye’ did ta’ Starry Trek! Young McGarrett becomes police captain aftar’ tha’ academy and commands his five operatives… Hmmmmmmmm… I be serious… Hmmmmmmmm…

Why not re-make Bonanza?

Oh, and here’s some
Alternate network re-namin’s o’ Bill’s new show:
“CBS My Dad Says”
“Shat My Dad Says”
“Murder She Wrote My Dad Says”
“I am Ki-Roc, Dammit, Listen To Me.”


Undercovers looks fun even if does rip off a half dozen other tv shows and movie series’!

“Shit My Dad Says”. Simple as that. Not “$#*!”. “Shit”. Or even better, “Shit My Shat Dad Says”. :-)

I agree with BND that it’s a mistake to try to remake Hawaii Five-O, but I’ll give it a shot when it comes out.

Re : 2. Dr. Cheis – May 17, 2010

How do you pronounce “$#*! My Dad Says” I wonder…?

lol,,it reminds me of when Prince changed his name to the,,
“unpronounceable symbol”

Gees that guy took a risk at being called,,”Toilet door sign Man”

All the best to Mr. Shatner, still working actively a year short of 80.

I hope his show is a massive hit, and that he gives us many more years of entertainment.

As he said to George Lucas, “I can call you ‘George,’ right? You can call me ‘Mr. Shatner.’ “

Congrats to Bill. Also, the recurring bad buy on the original Hawaii 5-0 was WO Fat…not Lo Fat. lol

I love Shatner.

I just don’t see how Shit My Dad Says will work with censorship. F-bombs are an integral part of the web version…. I’m no big fan of swearing, but in this case I think it will be neutered without the f-bombs….

Glad to see you back in action, one more time Mr Shatner!

Hawaii 5-0 sounds great, it was perfect for its time when it first came on. But if you look at the DVDs now, you ask yourself: How can these guys expect to blend in while wearing suits? Its Hawaii after all and I never saw any one wear suits while I was in the Islands. Still it looks promising, just don’t try to up date or mess around with the theme song, its classic!

wow, I thought Undercovers sounded lame, but that footage- the mischievous acting and the hot lady , man that just became appointment tv for me!

i agree with Valar1. it sounded dumb. but the trailer looks great. I’ll give it a shot. only one question: if JJ directed, why are no lens flares? haha

The Shat is right where he belongs! On the set of a sitcom, and nowhere near a Star Trek set. He’ll be brilliant, he’s an amazing comedic talent. I’ll be watching and hopefully laughing (that’s an A-list team of writers, producers, and director). He was brilliant in Trek as well, 30 years ago……

5. ” Why not re-make Bonanza?”

Well, they ARE remaking “The Big Valley”.

Shat-tastic news!

Hawaii 5-O? Jack Laird is gone, but his hair is still available.

I mean Lord.

“Undercovers” looks pretty good. Which means it’s going to be canceled.

I don’t mind if I pick a lil’ fight
Lil’ Joe and Jack Lord will be by me side

Tha’ Big Valley? I think tha’ 6 Million Dollar man may be a bit olde’ ta’ reprise his role… especially in this economy…

I also think Shatner will be fun ta’ watch.

(Hawaii 5-O song plays in opening credits o’ “Shat Me Dad Says…”)

SON: How are you?



CmdrR- Laird? What are ye’? Scottish?

I kidz cuz’ I luvs…

Oh, nos! We’re gunna’ hit tha’ building! Oh, whew! We just got face ta’ face wit’ Jack Laird… Lord… Hey, izzat Nessie?


Kam Fong as Chin Ho Kelly always puzzled me. Why rename him?

Roberto, the new one MUST end with a teaser for next week’s episode with the new McGarrett ordering us to “Be here. Aloha”

Can’t wait for this! The Shat will be hilarious! Guaranteed!

So when CBS airs promos, are they going to bleep the title every time? What do local newscasters call it when they air a live news promo or a weather update? “Now back to…”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There is nothing wrong with the word “shit”! It has the same definition as “crap” and “poo”, yet those two words aren’t off limits! But apparently the word “shit” is still taboo to the networks, despite the word being used by most folks daily even in front of the kids. And its even part of kids’ vocabulary now!

Just so long as they keep the original theme, and the McGarrett character drives a black ’68 Mercury whose tires can squeal even on dirt and gravel, I’ll tune in to the new “5-0.”

Scott B. out.


Any word if they plan on doing an “Unrated Version” for dvd?

Seriously ….. after what CBS went through with the FCC following the Janet Jackson Superbowl incident … what are they REALLY going to use as the title for the Shatner sitcom?

I would not watch the new Five – 0 if not for Bob’s involvement in it. I’ll give it a chance but can they recapture the chemistry of that show? Can anyone replace Lord? I’ll be watching!

Bob, if its at all possible, request that they keep the 5-0 theme, just update it to 21st century standards. “Da da da da daa daaa da da da da daaaaaa”

There is no place where Shatner doesn’t belong at this point. The man practically invented Star Trek. Without his acting talent, Star Trek fails. Even Nimoy has made comments to that effect. I can’t wait for this comedy.

I would really like to see a well done re-boot of The Andy Griffith Show, and no Im not joking.

James Borrows! Now there’s a Comedy Legend.

Perhaps “Shat my father says!”..he is the man and yes I no wwant him in TREK 12!!!!!…MAKE IT SO!!

So sorry SHAT My Dad Says!!

Yeah,,,,an Andy reboot with Tom Hanks as Andy….Tom Cruise as Otis the drunk….

All the best for the Shatner sitcom, whatever it may be pronounced! :)

Obviously they cannot put Shit My Dad Says as the show’s publicly announced title because of censorship issues, but they should rename it to be Shat My Dad Says so as to make it easier to say on TV + it would then have an added connection to the Shat being in it:)

This sitcom sounds like it was made for Shatner. The guy has re-made himself several times, but the new “comedic” Shatner seems right at home. I hope the show is a big hit.

As for Hawaii Five-O, I was a fan of the original. Who will ever forget Jack Lord? However, I do wish Orci & Kurtzman great success with this series. It will be interesting to see their take on this.

As for Abrams, it seems like everything he touches turns to gold. I still think his best work is ahead of him.

Congratulations to the Boborci on a hot pickup! It should be one hula of a ride…. The fun with being in Hawaiʻi…

I just hope you guys make Hawaiʻians happen and include the special character “okina” — the enlarged turned apostrophe character in the title and wherever else possible:


Maybe you can throw in some Lost references along the way, or have some Magnum, P.I. in jokes or references too. Heck, even convince Tom Selleck to appear in an episode for sweeps week. Perhaps you could use your network of friends…. via JJ to Nimoy to Selleck….

@2 Folks I talk with, we’re all calling it “Shat my Dad Says”, because it can be said as “Shat, My Dad, Says” which is funny to say… as if Shat were actually our fathers.

Is that all Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman do? Remakes?

@44 What about “The Island”?

Wow, way to go Gugu! From a supporting role in one series of Doctor Who to the big time – and it looks pretty cool too! Can’t wait for that :)

So this is amusing. USA Today has an article about the Shat’s new show. They manage to go the whole article without naming either the show or the twitter account it is based on.

(They mention the Twitter account as part of the setup to the show.)

They don’t even say “$$$$ my dad says” with it bleeped out. Funny.

I guess they can’t print it? :-)

Well, they could go with “This… or “Tihs My Dad Says”

Wouldn’t it be great if Wil Wheaton was in this? As Wesley Crusher? God I love that guy. Wesley Crusher=Best Character ever.

“Undercovers” does look great! In that case, I wonder if it’ll get canceled before it even airs!!! Keep on rolling, JJ!!!

Since “Book him, Danno” is the only thing I remember about Hawaii Five-O, this show will be completely new to me.

Maybe one of these show will appear legally in my geographical region!!!