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Twitter sensation Shit My Dad Says is becoming a TV pilot with William Shatner set to play the larger-than-life dad at the center of it.
The casting of Shatner lifts the contingency on CBS’ multicamera family comedy project based on the Twitter account, which has enlisted more than 1.16 million followers since launching in August and has made its creator, Justin Halpern, an Internet star.
The pilot, executive produced by “Will & Grace” creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, was originally set up at CBS with a script commitment in November. Now, with Shatner on board, it has been greenlighted to pilot.
Halpern co-penned the script with Patrick Schumacker. Halpern and Schumacker co-exec produce the Warner Bros. TV-produced project whose title is expected to change if it goes to series.
Halpern, 29, had moved back in with his parents in San Diego, and on Aug. 3 he launched Shit My Dad Says, a Twitter feed featuring colorful — often profane — comments made by his 73-year-old father during their daily conversations.
Shatner was an early favorite for the role because of his comedic acting chops as well as his successful spoken word renditions that fit the style of the Shit My Dad Says zingers. Last year, he did spoken word interpretations of Sarah Palin’s farewell address and her best-selling book on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.”
Shatner most recently starred on ABC’s legal dramedy “Boston Legal,” winning an Emmy for playing another larger-than-life character, self-proclaimed legendary litigator Denny Crane.
He also won an Emmy for playing the character in a guest tint to “Boston Legal’s” predecessor, “The Practice.”
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