William Shatner celebrates his 75th birthday March 22 when TV Land airs his “William Shatner in Concert” following the 4th Annual TV Land Awards. It includes songs from his successful CD, “Has Been” — performed before a live audience. Judging from their reaction, one thing’s certain — don’t call Bill Shatner a “has-been.”
First of all, he’ll continue to delight with his character, “Denny Crane” on “Boston Legal” for which David E. Kelley has created the novel camaraderie between Shatner and James Spader. And while his “Crane” character would have us believe that Alzheimer’s is creeping up on him, there’s no sign of his character fading out. For instance, in an upcoming seg it will be Shatner in court defending Spader’s unethical behavior. Shatner also tells me that “more ‘complex things’ are being written for me to do.”
His inimitable voice will also be heard in characters of the animated “Over the Hedge” and “The Wild.” The History Channel is airing “How William Shatner Changed The World.” Further, he will host a horse show for handicapped children April 29 at the L.A. Equestrian Center in Burbank with Lyle Lovett entertaining. And this summer Shatner heads to Israel to launch a horse riding therapy program for children of all nationalities.
“It’s the same program I do here,” he told me. He is also working on a feature, “The Shiva Club” which he directs for his own banner.
Shatner will continue to attend “Star Trek” conventions — laugh-filled scenes from past conclaves are included in “Shatner In Concert” which boasts contributions from longtime pal/costar Leonard Nimoy and current “Boston Legal” costars Candice Bergen and Rene Auberjonois. Windmill Entertainment which produced the reality show also brought us “Chasing Farrah” (Fawcett).