Earlier in the week we reported that CBS has picked up a new Sitcom starring William Shatner. Today CBS released more details on $#*! My Dad Says, including the first images. We also have details and images on Hawaii Five-0, produced by Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. [UPDATE: video clips from both shows]
CBS pairs Shatner’s ‘$#*! My Dad Says’ sitcom ‘Big Bang’
At 79, William Shatner has added yet another starring role in a TV series to his resume. Shatner has starred in a number of dramas, such as Star Trek, TJ Hooker and Boston Legal, but now he will headline his first sitcom, the oddly titled $#*! My Dad Says.
The show is one of only two new comedies that CBS is picking up. They are also juggling their schedule to accommodate the series, airing it Thursday’s at 8:30 following the nerdy hit series The Big Bang Theory, which is being moved from it’s Monday night slot. CBS executives talked about the pairing of the shows at their upfront presentation today (via Deadline):
On moving Big Bang to Thursday: “If you are walking on a new night of comedy, you go with the big guns,” Kahl said. Added entertainment president Nina Tassler: “How great is it for the guys from The Big Bang Theory to lead into William Shatner,” a reference to Shatner’s Star Trek pedigree. “It’s a dream come true.”
Here is the official release info on Shatner’s new show.
$#*! MY DAD SAYS, based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, stars Emmy Award winner William Shatner as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. Nobody is immune from Ed’s rants, including his sons, Henry, a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger; and Vince (Will Sasso), the meek half of his husband/wife real estate duo with domineering Kathleen (Nicole Sullivan). When Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent to his pretty roommate — and secret admirer — Sam (Stephanie Lemelin), Ed reveals a soft spot and invites Henry to move in with him. Henry agrees, knowing that the verbal assault will not abate and now there will be no escape. Describing their father/son relationship is tricky – but Ed will easily come up with a few choice words. Emmy Award winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed. .
Also officially announced today was the reboot for Hawaii Five-0, which was developed for TV by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Here is the official info from CBS on that show.
HAWAII FIVE-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest "game" in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol, who is also a former protégé of McGarrett’s father. Chin’s cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department’s elite. McGarrett vows to bring closure to his father’s case while the state’s brash new FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
UPDATE: Dae Kim talks moving from Lost to Hawaii Five-0
Daniel Dae Kim is moving from Lost, a show created Star Trek producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindel, to Hawaii Five-0, a show developed by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. And as both shows are shot on location in Hawaii, he isn’t even leaving the island. The actor talked about the new show with E!, including discussing the Abrams connection:
How is this Five-O different than the original?
This Five-O keeps the heart of the original version, but it’s heavily updated. Some of the characters are descendants of the original characters and others have the same names but have no relation. The template is there, but the emphasis is on making it modern and making it very timely.
What about your character?
He has more local knowledge than the rest. He knows how the island works. He knows how to get information from people in a way that the others haven’t learned yet. So, he’s kind of the island connection. I like him a lot because he’s very affable, very friendly and close to my personality in that way. At the same time, he’s a great cop. I like playing both sides of him.
Your producers Robert and Alex are part of the JJ Abrams family. So does it feel similar in any way to Lost?
In some way, there are major differences. But the thing that I really appreciate and feel like is familiar is the sense of family. I actually want to sound cliché about this. They have done an exceptional job of creating an environment where we’re all part of the same team, and I really, really appreciate that.
[Read more: eonline.com ]
UPDATE 2: VIDEOS – Opening of Hawaii Five-0 + Behind The Scenes