Shatner Gets Emmy Nomination, New Show, Hometown GalaBy Michelle
July 19, 2007 - 5:18 PM
William Shatner (Kirk), who received yet another Emmy Award nomination this morning for his role as Denny Crane on Boston Legal, returns to his hometown of Montreal this weekend for a gala and has just signed to host a new show, Shatner's Raw Nerve, on the Biography Channel.
The Emmy Awards, which will be handed out on September 16th, have already given Shatner one trophy for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. This year he will attempt to add another to a collection that also includes a guest actor Emmy Award for playing Denny Crane on The Practice.
But genre fans may have a dilemma, for Heroes' Masi Oka - who plays Star Trek fan Hiro Nakamura, son of the character played by George Takei (Sulu) - is nominated in the same category. Other nominees include Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight, Lost's Terry O'Quinn (Admiral Pressman) and Michael Emerson, and The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli.
The Comedy Central roast of Shatner is nominated as well, for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special. (In other head-to-head Emmy news, onetime Star Trek producer Ron Moore received a nod for Outstanding Dramatic Writing for Battlestar Galactica and current Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof was nominated in the same category for Lost.)
Shatner told Canada's Hour that he misses Montreal smoked meat and agreed with an interviewer that he is perhaps best loved not for his Emmy Awards or Star Trek but his All-Bran commercials. "I've signed for another couple of years with the Kellogg thing, and they're fun to do," he said. "They've caught a lovely hook, I guess, on how to project me on their brand and it becomes fun for everybody."
Visiting his hometown for a comedy gala at the Théâtre St-Denis on Saturday, Shatner mentioned several other projects, including Star Trek books, new music and "the potential of a talk show next season." TV Squad reported that that show has become a reality - a reality show, in fact - on which he will interview celebrity and political guests.
Variety noted that thirteen episodes would be filmed at the outset for release in 2008. Biography put out a press release saying that Shatner "will explore life's most intriguing questions and unearth his guests' strange and unknown stories."