Even at age 92, Star Trek’s William Shatner shows no sign of slowing down. He has a number of new projects making news including a space-themed summer TV show on FOX. We have all the latest from the world of Shatner.
Shatner, we have a problem… on “Mars”
The FOX Network has announced a new reality competition series called Stars on Mars, which will debut on June 5, with William Shatner serving as “Mission Control” for the series. The show puts a group of celebrities into a simulation of Mars where they will compete to become the final “celebronaut.”
Here is the brand new teaser revealing the celebrities headed to “Mars”…
Once on “Mars,” the 12 celebrities will receive “interstellar assignments” from Shatner, safely back at Mission Control. During their stay on Mars the celebs will face authentic conditions that simulate life on Mars. They will compete in missions and will vote to eliminate one of their crewmates each week, sending them back to Earth.
Stars on Mars launches Monday, June 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Critics praise new Shatner doc… awaiting release date
Shatner is also the subject of a new documentary titled You Can Call Me Bill, which was the focus of a panel with Bill at Comic-Con 2022. The documentary is directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, who is known for thought-provoking pop culture documentaries. It has now been completed and had a world premiere event at the SXSW Festival in March, garnering wide praise. Early critic reviews have been very positive, with the doc currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Here is how The Hollywood Reporter review sums it up:
Despite a fully generic title that falsely suggests a project broadly tailored around Shatner’s ingrained lack of formality, You Can Call Me Bill ends up feeling very much like a Philippe film. Dismissing self-parody in favor of self-reflection, the 91-year-old actor spends the entirety of the 96-minute documentary treating Philippe’s camera like a therapist, dissecting his career and his life with a clear eye toward his own mortality. It’s more inquisitive, earnest and emotional than whatever you’re expecting, though inevitably less dishy and fun.
The doc has yet to set a release date. It was produced by Legion-M, which uses a fan-funding model. This video released earlier in the year gives an overview of the doc and how it was funded.
New digital collectibles
Shatner has partnered up with Web3 game and entertainment company Orange Comet to release his second set of digital collectibles, following his first release of NFTs back in 2020. The new “Infinite Connections” collection is designed to embody “Shatner’s untameable spirit of adventure, his entrance into the metaverse speaks to the underlying theme that everything in the universe is interconnected.” The new collection includes a total of 3,500 unique collectibles, broken into two digital collections: “William Shatner Cosmic Explorer” and “William Shatner Timeless Voyager.”
The collection will be “minted” on May 25. You can learn more about the collection and join the presale at williamshatnernfts.com.
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