Even William Shatner thinks calling his show Bleep My Dad Says is a bad idea.
"You know what I wish? I wish they'd call it 'Sh--,'" Shatner said of his upcoming CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says during Wednesday's fall TV previews. The network is referring to the show with the more family-friendly moniker "Bleep My Dad Says."
"The word sh-- is all around us," he continued. "It isn't a terrible term. Why are we pussy-footing?" Alas, the "bleep" appears to be permanent.
$#*! tells the story of Henry, a struggling writer who moves in with his outspoken father Ed (Shatner). The show is based on Justin Halpern's popular Twitter account, a collection of humorous, crabby - and often offensive - quips Halpern credits to his real-life 74-year-old dad, Samuel Halpern. (Sample tweet from June 28: "Don't focus on the one guy who hates you. You don't go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog shit.") It has amassed nearly 1.5 million followers.
On the way to its fall premiere (Thursday, Sept. 23, 8:30/7:30c), the series has undergone a creative overhaul. Since the original pilot was shot, Jonathan Sadowski has been cast to replace Ryan Devlin as Henry, and producers today said a romantic story line for Henry has been nixed.
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