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Wanna See William Shatner's Zucchini?
September 23, 2010  | By Ed Bark
my-dad-says-shatner-cbs.jpgIt really is a pain in the ass to correctly type the title of $#*! My Dad Says, which just as easily could be &%@! My Dad Says or even *&!$ My Dad Says.

CBS also notes that some DVR search functions are "perplexed" by the title. The network encourages viewers to instead go directly to their programming guides if they'd like to record this new sitcom rather than watch it live. Or as my late old man used to say, "Grease your fanny and slide on the ice."

Anyway, I'm going to eliminate the hieroglyphics and hereafter call this thing My Dad Says. Adapted from Justin Halpern's much more profane Twitter feed and a resultant bestselling book, it stars William Shatner in his first sitcom as the immensely cranky Ed (hey, no fair!!!). Living alone and marinating in his own bile, he's visited one night by youngest son Henry (Jonathan Sadowski), whom he hasn't seen in two years.

Ed cocks his shotgun in hopes it's an intruder. It is, but at least he recognizes him.

"I almost decorated my Buick with your balls," Ed bellows.

"C'mon, dad, you wouldn't do that to your Buick."

That's pretty much the tenor of Thursday's opener, in which Shatner labors through the rhythms of the live studio audience sitcom format while coughing up a steady stream of pointed and oft-blue insults that would make him a fine nursing home partner for Archie Bunker.

Henry, who's been laid off and is down to his last nickel, is looking for a way to ask Dad for money. But he also occasionally joins in the double entendre festivities, sensing an opening after complimenting Ed on the health of his garden.


"You should see my zucchini," Dad crows.

"I think I did last night when you answered the door in your jammies."

Older son Vince (Will Sasso) also drops by. He's married to domineering Bonnie (Nicole Sullivan). Both actors are former members of Fox's MADtv ensemble, so at least they know how to play off one another.

My Dad Says, which will follow CBS' transplanted The Big Bang Theory, loads up on coarse jokes the way the network's Mike & Molly dished out fat jokes in its Monday premiere. Future episodes of both series are likely to dial it down some. But broad wrecking-ball humor is initially slung in abundance.

"Son, if it looks like manure and smells like manure, it's either Wolf Blitzer or manure," Dad declares.

CNN's Blitzer might be pleased with any mention at this point. So maybe he'll be DVR-ing this episode -- providing he can figure out how to do it -- with an eye toward showing it to his grandkids.

Shatner on the other hand is already enshrined as Capt. James T. Kirk on Star Trek and Denny Crane on Boston Legal. This latest TV outing likely won't be making the cut in his personal time capsule. That is, unless he really enjoys watching himself exclaiming "It's shotgun time!" when a Girl Scout knocks on his door trying to sell him cookies.


Read Ed Bark on lots more TV topics at unclebarky.com.



Danner said:

First, I was attracted to this show because of twitter and Shatner. While I was hesitant at first, I felt that this show seemed to be getting better week after week, but it took another nose dive last night. Last week's episode "Not without my Jacket" is definitely the funniest episode so far. Many funny moments and Shatner had me laughing a lot. I hope they bring Henry's friend Josh back. I'd much rather watch him than Henry. He was hysterical.

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