Roasted William Shatner On The TV Menu

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NEW YORK (June 23, 2006) — William Shatner has always done an excellent job of poking fun at himself, but he’s going to have plenty of help this summer.

The 75-year-old actor-singer, who starred as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek,” will be the recipient of cheap shots and bawdy jokes — as Pamela Anderson was last year — at a Comedy Central celebrity roast in his honor, the channel has announced.

“Roast of William Shatner,” scheduled to air Aug. 20 (10 p.m. EDT), will be taped earlier that month in Los Angeles.

On a more serious note: Shatner, an Emmy-winner for his role as wily but wacky lawyer Denny Crane in ABC’s “Boston Legal,” will be inducted, along with Tom Brokaw and Regis Philbin, into the Academy of Television Art & Sciences Hall of Fame this year. The induction ceremony has yet to be scheduled.

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