William Shatner could be headed back to television to reprise one of his roles from years ago — but it wouldn’t be his iconic role on the original “Star Trek” series, it would be as host of a “Rescue 911” reboot, Variety reports.
“Variety has learned exclusively that a reboot of the classic series is currently in the works,” the publication reports. “However, unlike the original show, this new weekly, two-hour format would offer a live look at first responders taking real emergency calls every week. Original series host William Shatner would return to host the new series, with the veteran actor joining a panel made up of actual firefighters, EMTs and police personnel discussing the emergency calls in real time.”
Shatner is set to executive produce along with the reboot’s three creators, Craig Piligian, Anthony Zuiker and Jason Hervey. The project is in development at CBS Television Studios.
“No network is currently attached, but an individual with knowledge of the project says that it has generated significant interest in the marketplace already,” Variety notes.
The original “Rescue 911,” which featured re-enactments of emergency calls, aired for seven seasons on CBS, from 1989-1996.
In addition to his career-defining role as Captain James T. Kirk on the seminal 1960s series “Star Trek,” Shatner has had numerous TV roles including playing the title character on “T.J. Hooker” in the 1980s.