THR reports that William Shatner has signed on to star in the TV series adaptation of the popular Twitter account, ShitMyDadSays. The account was started by Justin Halpern who had moved back in with his parents and then tweeted the colorful and profane statements made by his 73-year-old father. I’ve read the feed but don’t find it funny. It’s an old guy cursing. It’s not even clever cursing or offensive observations.
But THR classifies the father as “larger-than-life” and Shatner has always been adept at playing those kinds of characters. With Shatner now attached, CBS has given the greenlight to a pilot. I still think this show is an awful idea, especially since A) it’s CBS so the cursing part is out already, and B) as much as I love How I Met Your Mother, CBS refuses to let its sitcoms give up the laugh track so essentially it sounds like they’re doing a shitty, half-assed remake of All in the Family.
Spiders have proven to be difficult cinematically, mostly because they are so unpleasant. The thought of the eight hairy legs of a tarantula crawling over someone and then biting you is just not fun to watch. Nor is the thought of a black widow spider, which children are told are deadly. You could write fifteen Charlotte’s Webs, and talk all about how the spider is a natural part of the circle of life… you see one trapdoor spider, or think about how spiders drain the life out of their prey, it’s enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies. But at least in Kingdom of the Spiders we get William Shatner battling these eight legged varmints. My review of Kingdom of the Spiders special edition after the jump.
Spike TV is airing the 2009 Scream Awards tomorrow night at 10 PM, ET/PT. Since the show was recorded last week in Hollywood, the network has made a few clips available to help promote the ceremony. So if you’d like to see a sneak peak of Johnny Depp honoring Kieth Richards with the Rock Immortal Award, William Shatner accepting The Ultimate Scream award on behalf of JJ Abrams, Stephen Moyer thanking Alan Ball for being a match maker while accepting the award for Best Horror Actor and Jessica Alba presenting Johnny Depp with the scream award for Most Anticipated Fantasy Movie…hit the jump to take a look:
After the success of the revamped “Star Trek” this May, it was only a matter of time before someone in Hollywood got the bright idea to reboot that other William Shatner TV gem – and no, I’m not talking about “Boston Legal” because that would actually be interesting. Nope, I’m talking about the 1982 ABC cop series “TJ Hooker” which starred Shatner as one Sergeant Hooker. According to Variety a new feature film adaptation is in the works courtesy of original series creator Rick Husky with Chuck Russell (“The Scorpion King”) in talks to direct. More after the jump…
Husky will be co-producing the “TJ Hooker” film with David Foster and Ryan Heppe. These are also the guys who are hard at work bringing Johnny 5 back to life for that “Short Circuit” remake. When asked why they wanted to progress with a “TJ Hooker” feature film after 20 years in completely earned obscurity, Heppe said “the series was the poster child for cop TV shows in the 1980s… we think there’s a fun movie to be made from it.”
Star Trek has been born again lately with the new J.J. Abrams’ movie, and people are now excited by Trek again. Thanks, George Lucas, for making such shitty prequel films that it’s now cooler to want to be a Trekkie than a Jedi. Ironically, Abrams and company were able to reboot the franchise by following in Lucas’s footprints, and largely ditch a lot of what made the show and subsequent (original series) shows great.
In some ways the new film should come with a disclaimer (like a lot of 80′s television) that if you liked the movie you saw, you should go a library and watch the originals, and where the TV show might offer a breezy take on history, you are settling in to the old series, it’s a much denser and less fun text. But to help celebrate the relaunch, Paramount has reissued the first six movies and the first season of the TV show (Seasons Two and Three are supposed to come later this year).
The premise is this, as Gene Roddenberry put it: Wagon Train in Space. Since most modern audiences don’t know what Wagon Train is (I’ve never seen an episode), I’m led to believe what that show was about was a Wagon Train on the Oregon trail that every week would come across some adventure. But with America at the height of its Right Stuff/space exploration period, Trek also had the advantage of something fresh.