CNN has confirmed that William Shatner has been cast to star in an adaptation of the Twitter account @S-MyDadSays. (You can fill in the dashes.)
The show is reportedly planned as a CBS series to be executive produced by "Will & Grace" creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.
The twitter account boasts more than 1 million followers and was started by twenty-something Justin Halpern after he moved back in with his parents. It features sayings from his cranky, seventy-something dad, who often utters comical insights not suitable for print here.
Halpern also landed a book deal courtesy of his father’s profane pronouncements, which have covered everything from his son’s smell while working out to his disdain for the novel “The DaVinci Code.”
Shatner has proven his comedic chops with his role in "Boston Legal," for which he won an Emmy, and as a pitchman for Priceline.com.
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I think if she show is based on things a crazy old man says then Mr. Shatner will be terrific!
Um, Peter Boyle is still dead, last I checked.
I give it 1/2 a season!
Men have the Shat, Women have Betty White. Laughs continue on no matter what age. Wish the Shat the best.
Hi Mr Shatner, we wishes all the best with your deal, hope you will do the same in S.A. help the country to change especially African countries.
I thought Kirk died saving the universe?!
Have loved Shatner since I was 13. Still do ... can't help it ... it's a ... disease.
I can hear his delivery of the lines already!!!
Thanks for the news ... I'm a fan of "Sh*tMyDadSays" on FaceBook, and look forward to another success for Mr. Shatner!
"What's shat you say?"
whatever kirk does it will be engaging!
and i'll be watching..
He is one funny dude, I hope he sticks around.
Peter Boyle would be a neat trick. He's been dead for like four years.
If anyone can make a rendition of the priceless $#|+mydadsays funny on TV, Shatner can.
Like Bill, don't like Bill. Really does not matter, especially to him. He is an actor, whose credentials earned him another gig. Wish ya luck Bill, even though we've never met, probably never will. Ah, who cares any way. By the way, Loved you in Big Bad Mama with Angie Dickinson.
I love William Shatner but I think Peter Boyle, or Jerry Stiller no?
Go Danny Crain
I wish Bill would do a blog, like on HuffPo or something. I've seen the guy on TV of course, like 4 billion other people probably, but I just admire the guy's energy. If you heard "I can't get behind that" the song he did with Henry Rollins, that was riotously funny, at least I thought so, and the TV ads he does for priceline, those are a gut-buster too. Some people hang up their skates at age 60, not William Shatner. Do what you love, love what you do...
Congrats, Mr. Shatner! Another smart choice by CBS.
Beam me up Scotty.....
Finally, I have a reason watch T.V. again:)
Shatner in person leaves much to be desired, but as an entertainer he always amuses. From Trek to SNL to Boston Legal. I even saw him at a convention, and he was great. Just when the required 60 mins was up, he looked at his watch, and walked off the stage.
This is a show I will definitely see. If you missed Boston Legal, you missed out BIG. He was what made the show.
Good luck Bill!
I read his two Star Trek Memories books and enjoyed them alot. he came off as being very funny. He definitely made a lot of jokes about himself in those books.
Of course you know what they say – "never meet your heroes" Aren't most of these hollywood types arrogant schmucks?
Nice to see he didn't fade away like the other Trek actors.
Perhaps it's time for a colorful metaphor, captain.
All of my coworkers and I follow this delightfully rude Twitter account and it's such a coincidence that were just saying the other day, "They ought to make a movie out of this." And I certainly love William Shatner, in spite of the fact that Axel is right – Shatner can be a boob in person (I have met him). But a TV series? C'mon! Part of what makes the tweets funny is how unabashedly profane they are. I fear this deal isn't going to be as "tweet" as some people are imaging. Without the unexpunged swearing he's just going to come across as a cranky old man who will wear thin right quick. Don't see this lasting too many seasons.
The MAN is,great and everything he doesis wild, \and a fun entertainer
good luckin the new series ans we will be their as a good fan
You are full of it.
I've not only met but worked with Bill on a film project and found him to be a great guy with an endless supply of stories he was willing to share.
We sat in the studio with Richard Baker of Santana fame and chatted for hours about everything under the sun. One of the most vivid memories in my own film career spanning the last three decades.
Congrats to you Mr. Shatner on your new show and the best of luck with it.
Does Bill Shatner have his own Twitter account? I can see him tweeting "Get a life".
Bill is great! I've been a fan for over 30 years....love his music and his humor. I wish him the best.
Shatner for President!! Don't care if he is rude since most people are. Kahn!!!!
Thanks, Axel, I agree. I went to a trek con where he was featured. We had to pay a ton extra just b/c he was there and he was very condescending and rude.
I happen to personally know Justin and his Dad. Not sure about Shatner in the role, but Jason Biggs is a dead ringer for Justin.
Rude, obnoxious, and arrogant? Shatner? What a shock.
I don't recall him ever pretending to be a nice guy. He parodies himself, and rather brilliantly. That's what makes him so much fun to watch.
Obviously, Axel you have either never met Mr. Shatner or you caught him on a bad day. I have met him at least twice and he is a very nice, thoughful, generous person. He does a lot of charibable work and a lot of good for the community. He is hard working, especially for his age. Anyone can have a bad day.
OK, I'm done. This culture of ours is bankrupt.
Twitter? HOW BORING CAN YOU GET?!!!
From his 1961 film, "Judgement at Nuremburg" to his current role in "Boston Legal," William Shatner continuously displays his incredible acting skill! Can't wait for the new show. Thanks for the great work!
Axel is right. Shatner has never had any tolerance for fans and he makes sure they know it. He does his work, gets paid, and moves on to the next job. If people like it, that's great. He gets paid more next time. He does press and promotional stuff when he's required to, but fans are nothing more than butts in theater seats or ratings points for a TV show. It's business. I seriously doubt he cares what "fans" think of him.
I'm wondering how some of Bill's former ST costars feel about this...especially the ones he's dissed. Of course Mr. Doohan is now deceased. Egad: Imagine the egotistical monster who looks down on you maintaining such limelight longevity while your career faded in the late '80s. :-p
Bill is the Shat! He makes me happy when I am blue....he always has!
The only pitchman on TV I trust..
"I will fight William Shatner"
Meet Shatner in person and you won't be such big fans anymore. I absolutely guarantee it. The guy is a total schmuck. He's rude and obnoxious, and even more arrogant than the character he's best known for. That's why I always call him Captain Jerk.
Too easy: "Shat Happens."
Huh. Great. I'm sure the censored network television version staring William Shatner will be nowhere near as funny as the extremely graphic curse-filled blog it purports to be based on. Oh, and by the way, that wasn't even funny either, just an old angry guy. Wow, never seen one of those before.
Wow...9 comments about a story and they're all positive. That never happens on this site.
I'll make this one #10: Can't wait to see this...g'luck, Bill!
Obviously, it should be called "Shat my dad says"
No .. I think a little reordering is needed. How about "My dad says Shat!"
OK .. so Shatner is the 70 year old with thousands of comical sayings and insights into life. Who should be the son, the poor soul that must listen to all his wisdom week after week? I'm thinking Michael Cera with his deer in the headlights look, or Ellijah Woods. And what about is wife? We need someone getting old who still looks great, like Lynda Carter or Morgan Fairchild. Yeah, that's it. Lets add in a wacky neighbor as well .. make him an ex-jock with an attitude. Brett Farve would be perfect! Oh I can see the series now.....
Bill RARELY ever tweets anything and when he does it's usually shameless self-promotion – go figure. I've followed him for as long as I've been on Twitter.
For almost as long, I've followed @shitmydadsays and have often laughed so hard that I cried from it.
While I love Bill, I just don't see him in this role. I do wish him the best of luck with it though.
Congrads! Now, Mr. Shatner woukld you like to take a look at a great script for a screenplay. The story takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii so you could take a vacation while filming!!!
He is no longer William Shatner, or Bill Shatner...he's just Shatner. The one and only.
IF you want a legendary Shatner cameo, go rent "Fanboys". To quote the Shat, "Are you kidding? I'm William Shatner; I can score anything."
Shatner Rules!! Listen to "Has Been" on his album. Wonderful!!
Congrats, Bill. We'll be watching...!!!
Sounds like something my dad says.
Go William. I'll watch anything William Shatner is in. I just bought "The Intruder" by Roger Corman which, Mr. Shatner was in.
I had saw an interview he did with Henry Rollins show. I've been a fan since the only Star Trek show.
I hated that he didn't at least get a cameo in the movie. It was WRONG.
I hope you have many years of success Mr. Shatner
To...boldly go....where...no sitcom....has gone before. Love ya, Mr. Shatner!
I get such a kick out of Bill Shatner, with his deadpan delivery and the ever present twinkle in his eye! Aside from that, his contributions to causes important to him show what a sterling fellow he is! You go, Bill!
Obviously, it should be called "Shat, my dad, says..."
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