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Fast Cars & Superstars: The Young Guns Celebrity Race

On a steamy March afternoon, former NASCAR Nextel Cup champ Kurt Busch sits in a stock car at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, revving his engine in anticipation. The question hangs in the air: Which of three nearby celebrities, decked out in racing jumpsuits, will be the first to gulp back fear, strap into the makeshift passenger seat, and join Busch in a three-lap, cement-wall-kissing 190 mph run around the famed 1.5-mile track? Laird Hamilton, best known for riding 70-foot waves, finally stands and pulls a helmet over his long blond locks. "Oh, sure," Hamilton calls to NFL legend John Elway and tennis champ Serena Williams with a grin. "Get the stupid surfer to do it." read more

A 25-year-old William Shatner Guests on Boston Legal

ABC's Boston Legal will tackle a temporal anomaly of sorts with its April 3 episode, which in recounting a hostage taker's decades-old grudge against Denny Crane will use footage from The Defender, a 50-year-old TV pilot starring William Shatner, to show what transpired during the original, contested court case. Young Denny, I have but one piece of advice: Let Joan Collins die. Trust me. read more

TV Guide Exclusive: Superstars Get in Fast Cars

Various-grade celebrities have already attempted dancing and skating on reality shows, and now a fresh slate of would-be winners will be mashing the gas for an ABC series set to air this summer. A dozen stars have signed on for the Fast Cars & Superstars — Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, with the would-be leadfoots including William "Take Her to Warp 7" Shatner, tennis champ Serena Williams and singer Jewel. This week, each celeb is behind the wheel for speed trials at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., with top NASCAR drivers such as 2006 Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson showing them the ropes.In Monday's first practice sessions, as half the stars got trial runs in, a clearly rattled Serena Williams was at the bottom of the speed chart — with her best time slower than her vaunted tennis serve. NFL legend John Elway made a very respectable showing for a newcomer, with a bubbly Krista Allen hot on his heels.The celebrity participants also include skateboard... read more

TV Guide Reality-TV Exclusive: Stars Get in Fast Cars

William Shatner, Jewel and Serena Williams put the pedal to the metal.

Various-grade celebrities have already attempted dancing and skating on reality TV shows, and now a fresh slate of would-be winners will turn to driving, mashing the gas for an ABC series set to air this summer.A dozen stars have signed on for the Fast Cars & Superstars—Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, with would-be leadfoots including athletes (2007 Australian Open tennis champion Serena Williams, bullrider Ty Murray, WWE champ John Cena) and performers (singer Jewel, actors William Shatner and read more

Short Cuts: Star Trek, Jeopardy and More!

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Huntsville, Alabama, institution, Star Trek icon William Shatner will emcee the U.S. Space Camp Hall of Fame induction banquet in June.... Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have been renewed through the 2011-12 season because, really, I'm sure their fates were up in the air.... James Lipton has a stack of note cards waiting for Matt Damon on tonight's Inside the Actors Studio, airing 8 pm/ET on Bravo.... Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve bested the ratings of Carson Daly's NBC special, which in turn trumped Cat Deeley's fete on Fox. Swell coat, though, Cat!... Speaking of New Year's, the lingering confetti slush in Times Square is brought to you by Target. read more

George Takei Takes on Star Trek's Sulu, Howard Stern and Other Heroes

George Takei, Star Trek: The Animated Series

William Shatner may get more attention for his exploits as a nutty attorney and a gyrating game-show host, but these days the hippest Star Trek vet is, inarguably, George Takei. The former helmsman of the USS Enterprise has gone boldly where no man has gone before as the "official" announcer of Howard Stern's uncensored Sirius Satellite Radio show. There, as a guest, he fields some good-natured jokes relating to his recent coming out of the closet. But the actor often turns the table on the shock jock by moving the chat to loftier concerns like gay rights, the war in Iraq or modern architecture. Star Trek fans, of course, want more of Takei as Sulu, and they got it this week with the DVD release of Star Trek: The Animated Series. This '70s c read more

It's Show Time for Star Trek/Boston Legal's William Shatner

William Shatner, Show Me the Money

Show Me the Money, once but a quotable from a Tom Cruise film, has finally found its rightful place as the title of a TV game show, premiering tonight on ABC at 9:30 pm/ET and hosted by William Shatner. (Starting Nov. 22, the show's regular time slot is Wednesdays at 8.) Having once sported a full-size Captain Kirk poster on my bedroom door, this TVGuide.com reporter was more than excited to speak with the Star Trek alum about his bold new mission, what's next for Boston Legal's Denny "Denny Crane" Crane and the current fate of his Starfleet commander. TVGuide.com: What kind of schedule have you come up with where you can juggle these two ABC gigs of yours? read more

Exclusive: Recastin' Kirk? Shatner Just. Can't. See it.

In an interview with TVGuide.com, William Shatner — out to promote his new ABC game show (Show Me the Money, previewing Nov. 14) as well as the Boston Legal Season 2 DVD (in stores Nov. 21) — revealed that he has, in fact, had "a long talk" with J.J. Abrams about the Lost creator's in-the-works Star Trek feature, which by some unconfirmed accounts will chronicle James T. Kirk's early days as a Starfleet Academy cadet. So who is Shatner's pick to originate Kirk's bravado? "I think it's essentially uncastable," he answers with a wink. TVGuide.com also asked Shatner about the Trek-inspired DirecTV commercial currently on the air, in which he seems to have magically shed a few Tribbles. "They've got me CGI'd," he admits. "They've got a computer program trying vainly to make me look younger."Read our complete conversation — in which Shatner previews what's ahead for Boston Legal's Denny Crane, and dismisses our suggestion for a cameo in Abrams' Trek — in an upcoming I... read more

Dancing Stars Take Their Tootsies on Tour

Is Dancing with the Stars' Season 1 winner, Kelly Monaco, among those fox-trotting to a venue near you? No, but Season 2 champs Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke will join Joey McIntyre, Lisa Rinna, Joey Lawrence, Willa Ford and Harry Hamlin and their respective pro partners on a 38-city tour kicking off Dec. 19 in San Diego, and finishing Feb. 11 in Atlantic City, N.J. In related news, ABC has announced that Show Me the Money, a new quiz show hosted by William Shatner, will premiere Nov. 22 at 8 pm, replacing Dancing's results show. read more

William Shatner, Alan Thicke Got Game

Per the Hollywood Reporter, William Shatner will boldly go where no man — save for Regis, Trebek and... OK, lots of others — has gone before when he hosts Show Me the Money, a new trivia-based game show that has just received a seven-episode order from ABC. Alan Thicke, meanwhile, has been tapped to host The Singing Office, a CBS reality pilot that will seek out America's best cubicle-confined crooners. Yeah, as if anyone can top my rendition of "Barbie Girl." read more

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