William Shatner to Open the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Jan 16, 2009
Six-Time Actor® Nominee William Shatner (“Boston Legal”) to Open the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Red Carpet with a Champagne Taittinger Toast
2009 SAG Awards® to be Simulcast Sunday, Jan. 25, on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16, 2009) – Six-time Actor® nominee William Shatner, who stars as Denny Crane on ABC’s hit drama “Boston Legal,” will open the red carpet at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 25 with a Champagne Taittinger toast, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today. The 2009 SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore presentation will air on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).  For satellite and HD viewers, the live presentation can be seen on TBS and TNT at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT), while the encore can be seen on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET)/8 p.m. (PT).

Shatner is celebrating his first nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for “Boston Legal,” and his fourth ensemble nomination.  In addition to this year’s nod, Shatner received a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006. The “Boston Legal” cast received nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008, as well as an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2006.  After 50 years in entertainment, Shatner has emerged as one of pop culture's most recognizable figures.  Perhaps best-known for his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” television series and films, Shatner won his first Emmy® Award for his recurring role as eccentric law firm partner Denny Crane on “The Practice.”  Currently reprising the role as a series regular on “Boston Legal,” the portrayal earned him a Golden Globe® Award, as well as an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.  Other notable film and television credits include the series “T.J. Hooker,” as well as feature films “Loaded Weapon” and “Miss Congeniality.”  As a celebrity spokesperson, Shatner contributes his trademark tongue-in-cheek delivery to a memorable and humorous series of television and radio commercials.  

Shatner can currently be seen on his Biography Channel talk show, “Shatner’s Raw Nerve,” an edgy and off-beat weekly celebrity interview series.  Other upcoming projects include “Gonzo Ballet,” a documentary about the making of a ballet set to selections from Shatner’s album “Has Been,” and a new comic book series, “William Shatner Presents.”   Shatner is also set to star in a feature film currently in pre-production, “Shiva Club.”

Champagne Taittinger is celebrating its ninth year toasting film and television at the Screen Actors Guild Awards®. Champagne Taittinger’s Brut La Française will be served to attending entertainment industry luminaries. Champagne Taittinger is one of the last family owned champagne houses.

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and Yale Summers are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production. More information is available online at www.sagawards.org.

Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 120,000 actors who work in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and all other new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org.

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Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and one of cable's top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama "The Closer," starring Kyra Sedgwick; "Saving Grace," starring Holly Hunter; "Raising the Bar," starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; "Leverage," starring Timothy Hutton; and "Trust Me," starring Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as "Bones," "Cold Case," "Law & Order," "Without a Trace," "ER" and "Charmed"; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA.  TNT is available in high-definition.

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