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Current as of 24/10/14 07:40PM NZST

Shatner in for late premiere

He's lived long, and he's certainly looking prosperous.

The Herald yesterday caught up with William "Captain Kirk" Shatner, who turns 82 on Friday. Shatner is in Auckland promoting Sky new channel Jones!, which launches in May.

Jones! will feature the original Star Trek series and a selection of golden oldies (including Bonanza, Happy Days and Charlie's Angels) and will also feature another of the actor's hits - TJ Hooker.

Hooker is a cop with a bad attitude, a shotgun and a young Heather Locklear as one of his rookie partners.

According to Sky TV, TJ Hooker, which debuted on US television in 1982 and ran for five seasons, has never screened here.

The prospect of his old show finally having a New Zealand premiere 30 years late certainly tickled Shatner's sense of humour.

"That is kind of wild," he rumbled.

- NZ Herald

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