William Shatner is, in one way or another, one of the most iconic living actors. His distinct delivery, his infamous attitude, and his alternative career choices are all easy pickings for parody. And in his later years, Shatner has proven willing to laugh at himself. But he seems about ready to show us that he’s more than a joke. And next season, through an episode of ABC’s Rookie Blue, he will attempt to prove just that.
Shatner has been cast in the cop series’ third season premiere. His character will be a drunk driver who is arrested by one of the central characters. Although the “bawdy drunk” is an inherently comical character, Shatner will not be playing entirely for laughs. The close of his character’s story at the end of the Season 3 premiere will take a dramatic, presumably somber turn. The drama will likely come from a deeper look into the man’s drinking problem.
The cast and crew has expressed excitement regarding this guest star spot and Shatner is no stranger to law enforcement television, as he immortalized T.J. Hooker.
Rookie Blue’s second season finale debuts tomorrow (Thursday, September 8) at 10/9c on ABC.