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Shatner to Play the Dad in 'Sh*t My Dad Says'

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 19th 2010 5:03PM
William ShatnerI smell another Emmy for William Shatner. In a piece of inspired casting, he's just gotten the father role for the upcoming CBS show 'Sh*t My Dad Says', based on the Twitter sensation of the same name. This is a very different character than James T. Kirk or Denny Crane (or even T.J. Hooker). If Shatner plays his cards right, it could be the Archie Bunker role of the 21st century.

Granted, the premise reminds me a little of the Fox show 'Titus'. Okay, Stacy Keach might have been a good choice too, but he's done that type of character already. With Shatner, it's kind of a new thing.

Shatner's co-stars, particularly from his 'Star Trek' days, have been calling him an a-hole for years. Now he gets a chance to play one on T.V. Perhaps they should change the name to 'Shat My Dad Says'. Can you smell what the Shat is cooking?

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Shatner to Say the Darndest Things on New CBS Sitcom

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 19th 2010 3:00PM
Have you ever wished that William Shatner was your dad? Well, for one Twitter star, that dream is about to become a reality.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the legendary star of 'Star Trek,' 'T.J. Hooker' and 'Boston Legal' has agreed to terms with CBS to headline their upcoming sitcom 'Sh** My Dad Says.' The series, which is based on Justin Halpern's wildly popular Internet sensation of the same name, was originally given a script commitment by CBS back in November contingent on finding a lead.

With the brilliant casting of Shatner, that issue has been resolved, giving producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (who previously co-created 'Will & Grace') the greenlight to film a pilot for the series. The question now is, what are they going to call it?

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Rachael Ray Uncovers William Shatner's Youthful Secret (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 1st 2010 5:25PM
Rachael Ray gently coaxed William Shatner into revealing his age on camera, then spent a bit of time wondering how the 78-year-old actor manages to stay youthful on 'The Rachel Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated). While Shatner's age isn't necessarily privileged information, Ray thinks she's got his secret of longevity figured out.

"I know what it is," Ray said jokingly. "It's all that time in space. It slows the aging process down."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: NCIS - Jet Lag

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 27th 2010 12:45AM
ziva_tony_NCIS_jet_lag(S07E13) So there they were in Paris -- Tony and Ziva. The situation was ripe for romance, right? Was NCIS finally going to "go there" and let fans have a Moonlighting moment for their favorite characters?

Not so fast. Before you could say Champs Elysees, the two were boarding a jet at Charles de Gaulle airport to complete an assignment that turned into murder in the air. Fortunately, the mystery on the airliner trumped the one on the ground and made for a good episode.

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Like buttah! Megan Mullally's musical commercial

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 25th 2010 9:00AM
megan_mullally_turn_the_tub_aroundHave you seen Will and Grace star Megan Mullally in her latest production? No, not her work in the theater, including an upcoming revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart. I'm talking about her butter commercial. Yes, yes, that's Megan Mullally in the "Turn the Tub Around" I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercials.

I have to admit, when I first saw the commercial, I was stunned. It was the strangest margarine ad since William Shatner's classic Promise spots. But the more I've seen of Megan's disco-inspired musical extravaganza for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, the more I think that the whole thing is hilarious. Megan, in my estimation, has her tongue firmly in cheek.

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Richard Simmons and William Shatner's Uncomfortable Encounter on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 13th 2010 11:00AM
On 'Today,' Richard Simmons and William Shatner had an uncomfortable encounter which ultimately prompted the fitness personality to walk off the set.

Simmons initially pretended not to notice that cameras were rolling and held Shatner's arm, nuzzled into his neck and mouthed the words "I love you." But then Simmons acknowledged his antics were being televised and moved away from Shatner, opening a newspaper and announcing a desire to thumb through the sports page in an affected deep voice.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actor

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 3rd 2010 11:01AM
neil_patrick_harris_cbsMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the funniest actors of the last ten years.

If you want to be a great comedic actor, you can never let on that you know you're being funny. Your character never knows what the joke is. That's why Rodney Dangerfield was a great, legendary stand-up comedian, and a fairly poor comic actor.

Everyone on this list excels at the comedic poker face. Steve Carell and Ricky Gervais, in their Office boss characters, don't know that most of the rest of the office is laughing at them. Or at least they don't understand why. Stephen Colbert, despite all of the attention The Colbert Report have received, may be the most underrated comic actor, because the character is so seamless, sometimes it's hard to tell it's a character. Shatner is a legend for playing campy with a poker face. And Neil Patrick Harris as a cad? A straight cad? Perfect.

Here are a few of our favorite comedic actors from the past decade, and may their characters never realize the joke's on them.

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Mythbusters to test Star Trek mythology

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 20th 2009 2:01PM
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How cool is this? On Mythbusters, the guys are going to test the Captain Kirk Gorn Cannon. If you have no idea what that is, you -- my Star Trek friend -- are not a Trekkie (or a Trekker depending on which camp you follow). If you do know, you have to watch, and if you don't know but are curious, you still have to watch Mythbusters on Discovery, Monday, December 28 at 9 p.m.

Basically, the Mythbusters will take a great scene from Star Trek and bring it to life. In the season one episode, Captain Kirk is put on a barren planet and forced to battle the commander of an alien ship in one on one battle. Some super alien is manipulating the two into fighting with the fate of their ships on the line.

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Sarah Palin Schools William Shatner on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 14th 2009 12:05PM
Sarah Palin, ex-governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, has proven that William Shatner isn't the only American able to wax poetic.

Last July, the Emmy-winning actor read Palin's tweets on 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien' as beat poetry, channeling his famous 'Rocket Man' persona.

Shatner returned to the 'Tonight Show' last week to read from Palin's memoir, 'Going Rogue,' like more beat-ready verse. Then, in an apparently unscripted moment that left the actor shocked, Palin one-upped him, materializing from the wings to read from Shatner's 2008 memoir, 'Up Till Now,' teaching him what it really means to be beat.

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Does the chair on Shatner's Raw Nerve bug you?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 10th 2009 9:02AM
Shatner's Raw Nerve - the chair
I've really been enjoying Shatner's Raw Nerve on the Biography channel. He has great guests, and he's just so Shatnerific with them. On the one hand, you sort of feel like you're listening in on a conversation between old friends. On the other hand, he's so intense that you're afraid he might jump up and start leaping around the room gesturing wildly. Which brings me to ...

The Chair. You know, it's different. But I don't think I really like it. My husband thinks it's called a "lover's chair" or something along those lines, and I can see that. The two people sitting in it are sort of in the perfect position to embrace and kiss. But from what I've seen, most of the guests seem a little uncomfortable with it. I mean, just look at Henry Winkler. He looks really uncomfortable, probably because he's not sure if Shatner might try to embrace him.

What do you think of the chair? Any experts out there who can tell us the origin of this particular type of chair?

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Shatner takes on Limbaugh on upcoming Raw Nerve

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 5th 2009 9:02AM
William Shatner takes on Rush Limbaugh on Raw Nerve.It'll be a feast for the eyes for anyone who loves to watch doughy, puffed up, bombastic old men when Rush Limbaugh sits down with William Shatner on the Biography Channel series, Raw Nerve.

Airing this Sunday after taping last summer, the Shatner Vs. Limbaugh clash touches on everything from family background to health care. But the exchange looks like a couple aging members of a country club debating stock tips at the 19th hole.

I have no interest in the inevitable political jibber-jabber headed our way Sunday. But, I'd love to see these two square off over who gets the last piece of lasagna. The fatty grunts alone would blow out your TV speakers.

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William Shatner Gives Conan His Plan for Becoming Sexiest Man Alive (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:50AM
Set phasers to sexy, because William Shatner knows exactly how to prove he's worthy of the Sexiest Man Alive title.

On 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,' Shatner unveiled his master plan to top the Sexiest Man list. Here's a hint: It involves developing (and sustaining) amorous feelings for Sarah Palin while swimming in frigid water. And, we're not quite sure how, but it seems Conan O'Brien's index finger is somehow part of the equation, too.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Scream Awards Preview: A Fox-y Apology, Shatner Shenanigans and More

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Oct 27th 2009 2:30PM
Terror, cold sweats, hot flashes and adrenalin shots may sound like last week's 'Grey's Anatomy' plotline, but these conditions also were on display at the Scream Awards, Spike TV's fourth annual fete of filmdom's best in science fiction and horror. Handed out at the Greek Theatre in L.A. on Oct. 17, the telecast airs on the network on Oct. 27 at 10PM EDT. We won't ruin the fun by giving a rundown of all the winners (though -- SPOILER ALERT! -- we do mention some), but here's a quick primer for tonight's telecast, with a few highlights that might make the show DVR-worthy.

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Harlan Ellison bests CBS Paramount over 42 year-old Star Trek episode

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 24th 2009 10:02AM
city_on_the_edge_of_forever_STYou have to admire the tenacity of writer Harlan Ellison. He filed a lawsuit against CBS Paramount accusing the company of not paying him for all the ancillary income the company earned from the episode of Star Trek he wrote in 1967, "City on the Edge of Forever." Yesterday, Ellison announced on his web site that he had settled with CBS Paramount and he was very, very pleased. He didn't reveal how much money he made, but he probably did quite well.

After all, CBS Paramount has done very, very well with that original Star Trek episode. It's regarded as -- and is -- the all-time best show in the entire original ST canon. Ironically, Ellison never liked what Roddenberry and company had done with his script.

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Greatest TV Controversies

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 10th 2009 6:00AM
South ParkFrom touchy subjects (abortion, homosexuality, Scientology!) to naughty touches (in all sorts of places), we've got all the bases covered in our rundown of the Top 20 Television Controversies of all time.

So, read through our list of TV's most shocking events, moments and mishaps ... and prepare to be scandalized. -- By Adam Duerson

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