William Shatner (James T. Kirk) continues to prove he’s got his finger on the pulse of the modern world — he’s just been cast as the lead in Shit My Dad Says, the first sitcom based on a Twitter phenomenon.
Shit My Dad Says was launched in August of last year by Justin Halpern, a 29-year old writer for a comedy site who had just moved back in with his parents. He decided to start posting the often bizarre (and profane) comments made by his 73-year old father, and quickly attracted over a million followers. The Twitter feed already landed Halpern a book deal, in addition to an offer to write a TV pilot.
Halpern wrote the script for the pilot together with Patrick Schumacker, while it will be executive produced by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the creators of Will & Grace. The script was developed at CBS, who agreed to finance a pilot episode if the creators were able to find a famous star for the lead role — which they’ve now clearly succeeded in. If the pilot turns into an actual series, CBS is likely to change the title into something more family-friendly.
Shatner’s most recent television role was that of Denny Crane on Boston Legal, which won him an Emmy award as well as landing him four nominations. He’s got his own Twitter account as well — on which, as of now, he’s not yet following Shit My Dad Says.
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