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Shatner Documentary Boldly Goes to Pay TV, Online On Demand Services

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2011-10-18

"Get a life!" was the stark advice he once gave to a series-besotted fan.

Now, Star Trek's William Shatner is going to find out just who among the Captains of the Enterprise actually did have a life - outside the series.

In a new documentary series written and directed by Shatner, the other commanders in the Star Trek universe will be featured in The Captains, scheduled for first run airing on Movie Central and The Movie Network documentary. 

Corus Entertainment's Movie Central and Astral's The Movie Network want to find out who lived long and prospered, as the original Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner explores the individual and distinct relationships each actor has to the Star Trek brand, and how their lives were affected by their mutual association with the franchise. The Captains premieres Thursday, October 20 at 8 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.

 Featuring in-depth interviews with Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko), Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), and Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk)

"This is a very special and intimate project for me and I cannot wait for everyone to see it on the TV screen in Canada," Shatner said in a release.

The Captains chronicles his quest to delve into the impact that Star Trek has had on his life. To find the answer, Shatner speaks to the elite group of five actors who have also assumed the mantle of Starship Captain, and in the process uncovers unique stories and compelling insights, ultimately giving him a better understanding of his own life and the impact the role has had on his career. 

The 90-minute feature-length documentary features intimate and revealing interviews between Shatner and his fellow commanders including Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Avery Brooks, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine, and offers viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the most durable and profitable franchises in entertainment history and the men and women who have made the Star Trek brand an international phenomenon since 1966.

The Captains is produced by Le Big Boss Productions Inc. and Ballinran Entertainment in association with Movie Central, a Corus Entertainment Company; The Movie Network, an Astral Media Network; EPIX; and Les Chaines Tele Astral - a division of Astral Broadcasting Group Inc; with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credit.

The Captains will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on The Movie Network OnDemand and Movie Central On Demand and through The Movie Network OnLine with Rogers On Demand OnLine, Bell TV Online and Videotron's Illico Web, and Movie Central Online with Shaw Video On Demand and Bell TV Online following their network premieres.

Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada.  

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc

The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada.  .

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family.


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