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CBS will air a sitcom in which William Shatner plays a cranky old fogie whose rants are captured by a Twitter-obsessed son with a million followers. No, we're not kidding. The program is based on the real-life Twitter feed shitmydadsays, which claims more than 1.3 million followers. It was started last August by Justin Helpern …


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  1. Richard IV


    It's got to be called Shat my dad says

    1. fred #257


      I thought of that just 5 milliseconds before I read your comment.

      You owe me half a beer *and* a new keyboard!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Shit my Shat says?

  2. TonyHoyle


    So.. they cancel Heroes and FastForward.

    And replace it with *this*?


    1. theSensibleGeek


      Um...Heroes is on NBC and Flash Forward is on ABC...

    2. Dave 142


      1) This show will cost way less

      2) Heroes & FastForward suck

  3. The Unexpected Bill

    Running time?

    Too bad there's already a show known as TWiT...

    Oh, never mind. I'll get my coat. (various comments about the runtime and substance of the show have been elided, at the risk of overdoing the joke)

  4. Graham Lockley

    Title ? Mr.

    Shatner and Twitter, now theres a combo that will ensure I never turn my television on ever again. All it needs to make it perfect is to be produced by Murdochs Fox channel and only broadcast on Sky.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Shatner and Twitter

      Shatner and twitter... Shatner and twitter...

      So do we start calling it Twatner or Shitter?

      Come on... Somebody had to say it!

  5. albatros183

    Don't you mean Twit- Cooooooom!

    This is Shatner,

    BTW stop the insanity of avatars and emotocons made with images, if you can't program it in basic on a PET you should not be saying it on the inter, web, tube thing. I'm pulling the phone from the cradle permently this time!

  6. Sean
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    I'm actually excited

    Shit my dad says is pretty much the sole redemption of Twitter as a technology. I actually think Shatner will be awesome in the role. I'll watch at least the first couple of episodes.

  7. Eponymous Cowherd

    My dad says............

    You Klingon bastard. You've killed my son!

  8. John 62
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    a show about nothing

    JERRY: So, we go into NBC, we tell them we've got an idea for a show about nothing.

    GEORGE: Exactly.

    JERRY: They say, "What's your show about?" I say, "Nothing."

    GEORGE: There you go.

    (A moment passes)

    JERRY: (Nodding) I think you may have something there.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    How the fuck?

    Excuse me, but how is this even possible? If they're too terrified to use the word "shit" in the title, there may be a problem. The dad in question is an Olympic-grade practitioner of full-bore swearing...

    It'd be like making a TV version of Bruce Schneier's blog without mentioning security.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Shit My S******y Professional Says

      "It'd be like making a TV version of Bruce Schneier's blog without mentioning security."

      We're working on it. Sticking point is Chuck Norris still hasn't agreed to play Bruce.

  10. moonface

    Bleep My Mum Says

    Stop swearing in front of the kids!

    Son, don't grow up retarded like your father. Please don't follow his example.


  11. Bryce 2


    Shatner + Twitter = Shitter?

    1. Anonymous Coward


      zero + Twitter = Shitter

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Simpsons did it

    Sounds remarkably like when Bart created the Angry Dad website.

  13. Rumcajz

    Beam me up, Scotty

    There's no intelligent life on this planet.

  14. Annihilator


    "He's like my dad in that he says what he wants to say when he wants to say it."

    Erm, just what you look for in an actor designed to read what you tell him to read??

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Fat Shat back on the telly again. Any chance this will be better than Star Trek and TJ Hooker? Well I suppose it couln't be worse...

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "CBS will air a sitcom in which William Shatner plays a cranky old fogie whose rants are captured by a Twitter-obsessed son with a million followers."

    Shatner's on YouTube, already... and it's way better than this show will be, because it's Shatner, and not just Shatner playing some Dad.

  17. andy gibson


    Sounds more like Bart Simpson's cartoon "Angry Dad"

  18. Hairy

    I expected more...

    Such uninformed comments, has anyone here ever read shitmydadsays or is this a knee jerk reaction to the word twitter (well if you don't understand it, knock it eh)?

    I do actually reckon this has the potential to be pretty funny, (potential mind you). As long as they keep the swearing and don't shy away from the less politically correct aspects of the dad's pearls of wisdom...

  19. Naughtyhorse
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    title and stuff

    shatner in a... new tv role.. cutting twitter limit... from 140 words.... to 3 words.... will it work....?

    the question is irrelevent captain!

    bring it on, never mind kirk and hooker, denny crane is the man we want back on our screens.

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