Captain’s Log: Stardate: Sept. 8, 1966. The voyages of the Starship Enterprise began–as I was reminded over at TV Worth Watching–exactly 45 years ago today. William Shatner’s mission: to boldly go on forever as a TV icon.
Seems to be working out. I reached Shatner on the phone earlier this summer at his ranch in Kentucky and really enjoyed our 15 minute conversation. He had survived Vancouver’s hockey riots, been honoured by McGill and the Governor General and was bummed about CBS’s cancellation of S#*! My Dad Says.
At 80, he didn’t dwell on that setback, being more focused on the second season return of Weird or What? (Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. on History Television), his new book Shatner Rules (coming next month), his documentary on The Captains (where he interviews Patrick Stewart and all the other starship skippers) and his upcoming album Searching for Major Tom where he actually sings/talks Bohemian Rhapsody, among other spacey ditties.
Then there’s news today that he’ll guest star as a drunk driver on the third season premiere of Rookie Blue (shooting later this month in Toronto) and be among those goofing on Charlie Sheen on that upcoming Comedy Network Roast (Sept. 19). ‘Course, you’d know all this if you followed him on Twitter.
Set phasers for whew! Read more on all things Shat at this article I wrote for The Canadian Press.