Time for another ShatWatch to catch up on all things Bill Shatner, starting off with his latest comments about the 2009 Star Trek movie (and sequel). Plus Bill reveals he is working on a TekWar radio show. We also have video of Bill talking about his new sitcom (with more clips) and video of Bill on the Dr. Oz Show.
Shatner: JJ’s Trek ‘a wonderful ride’
Today the LA Times Hero Complex Blog posted an interview with William Shatner conducted at the recent Anaheim Comic Con. And apparently Bill has finally seen the 2009 Star Trek movie, and has weighed in on it (and how he knows nothing about the sequel)
GB: There will be another "Star Trek" film coming from J.J. Abrams and his team, and I’m wondering what you thought of the first. For me, I loved the spirit of the movie…
WS: I agree with you. That’s my opinion too. It was a wonderful ride. I think J.J. Abrams did a wonderful job in enlarging the franchise and constructing a foundation for the sequel. I don’t know anything about that sequel. I didn’t know anything about the first one. I know even less about the second one. I know less than nothing about the sequel, if that’s possible.
Planning TekWar Radio Show
William Shatner’s TekWar novels have already been made into a TV series, and more recently into new series of TekWar Comics, and now he is thinking of yet another medium. From the LAT interview.
GB: You always have a range of endeavors underway, both in entertainment and beyond. What are you most excited about right now?
Tek War Chronicles
WS: Well, as you know, I’ve got a series of comic books, four all together — one is out there already, "Tek War," and another is coming out now, and two more coming within the year. So I’ve really entered the comic book world but for me the next thing is my plan to make them in radio shows
GB: You have stage in your background, audio books and animation voice work too. With all that considered, I can see why radio would be alluring.
WS: Yes, it is. And I’ve done radio before as well. It’s a foreign vehicle now. These days, it’s hard to find people who can even write for radio. They’ve all disappeared. The production of a radio show is a challenge too, you’ve got to find sound people for all the effects, for instance, and that’s almost a lost art. A whole tradition has been lost. We’re barely able to recapture some of it, but that is exactly what I’d like to do. It’s all very early on. I’ve got to sell the idea. This piece you’re writing might be helpful.
More from the new Shatner interview at latimes.com
Shatner’s new TekWar Chronicles Comics are up to their 8th issue and has already released the first six in a trade paperback collection (available on Amazon).
Shatner talks $#*! My Dad Says + more clips
CBS released another video promoting Shatner’s new $#*! My Dad Says sitcom.
Shatner Quizzed by Dr. Oz
William Shatner was on the Dr Oz Show last week and was quizzed by the doctor about various health issues.