Captain of the Starship Enterprise Gets a Reality Show Variety
The most famous captain of the Starship Enterprise -- of the various actors who have played the role in permutations of the "Star Trek" franchise -- has landed a reality show.
Actor William Shatner, known for his role as Captain Kirk on the original 1960s TV series “Star Trek," is slated to star in a DIY reality series about fixing up his house, reports Brian Steinberg at Variety.
“Set viewers on ‘stunned,’” Steinberg writes.
Called “The Shatner Project,” the show will debut on Scripps’ DIY channel in October for five half-hour episodes. Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth, will star in a show with a classic narrative arc, he told the publication.
“This is like a dramatic show with a revelation at the end,” he said. “There’s conflict and there’s tension, and characters evolve.”
Shatner said that he’s apprehensive about the renovation project, given that his background is in action roles. Sgt. Hooker on “T.J. Hooker” “could handle a gun,” the actor said. “But I don’t know about a hammer.”
The show is part of a shift at Scripps-owned networks, which had previously focused on building up their own stars by hiring chefs and experts with small, local followings, the story notes. But now DIY and other Scripps networks are considering stars who already have a following.
“We are really interested in following people as they renovate their home,” said Kathleen Finch, president of HGTV, DIY and Great American Country. “If they are people that America is generally curious about, we are even more interested.”