William Shatner’s Raw Nerve

Posted: June 4, 2011 in Celebrities, Television
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I was just watching an episode of Shatner’s Raw Nerve.  Shatner is a really fascinating guy to me.  We all know him as Captain Kirk and as the actor that played him; this stilted speaking ladies man who had turbulent relationships with his costars.  This stands in contrast to his performance in one of the most famous Twilight Zone episodes, Nightmare at 20,000 feet where he plays an utterly freaked out airline passenger.  Shatner has never seemed to get much credit for his acting ability, has garnered much ridicule and fascination for his singing, and rarely is mentioned as a business man.

It is well known that he took stock instead of cash when he started doing Priceline commercials ten years ago and has reportedly made $600 million for his work, pretty smart.  Not to mention those commercials are totally fun, self-effacing and obviously quite effective.  I love the one where the evil Kirk, I mean Shatner shows up.

However, I think the best work Shatner has ever done is his interview show, Shatner’s Raw Nerve.   This is the best interview show on television by far, from the intimate setting, to the “S” shaped couch and the conversational nature of the interviews.  In this format Shatner quickly gets to the core of folks.  In one moment in the Gene Simmons episode, Simmons recalls a moment as his mother applies to enter the United States and he stops, tears in his eyes like he’s been hit in the face with a board.  A really intensely personal and revealing moment with the Kiss guitarist.  This is Shatner’s genius in this show, somehow he’s able to cut past the bullshit of celebrity and get to the heart of people, and it is absolutely fascinating television.  The only complaint I have is that I wish the show was an hour instead of thirty minutes. 

I hyper-linked to the show above but here again is the link to the website, check it out, it’s certainly worth the time  http://www.biography.com/shatner/

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