William Shatner, best known for his Star Trek role of Captain James T. Kirk, today received his third Emmy nomination in as many years for his work on the ABC series Boston Legal. The Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination is for his portrayal of Denny Crane.
Also nominated in the category are Alan Alda (The West Wing), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Gregory Itzin (24), and Oliver Platt (Huff).
In 2005, Shatner took home the Emmy after receiving the same nomination. He won his first Emmy in 2004, as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of the same character on the final season of The Practice. He was also nominated in 1999 for a guest appearance on 3rd Rock from the Sun, but did not win.
“I’m thrilled to pieces about being nominated for the third time,” said Shatner in a statement regarding today’s nomination. “Boston Legal is such a great show; I love everybody in it and the pleasure of going to work is enormous.”
Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation) also received an Emmy nomination today. For his work on HBO/BBC Two’s Extras, Stewart earned the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series nomination.
Also up for that category are Alec Baldwin (Will & Grace), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Martin Sheen (Two and a Half Men), and Ben Stiller (Extras).
Stewart received Emmy nominations in 1998 and 2004, but has yet to win.
Neither Stewart nor Shatner ever received Emmy nominations for their work on Star Trek. However, Shatner will be inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame later this year. The Academy also administers the Emmy awards.
The History Channel special How William Shatner Changed The World received two nominations: Nonfiction Special and Writing for Nonfiction Programming. The special, hosted and narrated by Shatner, examined how the various Star Trek television series inspired modern technology. It was written by Alan Handel and Julian Jones.
Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloane in Star Trek: First Contact) received two nominations: Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Desperate Housewives) and Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (The Water Is Wide). Woodard has previously been nominated twelve times, taking home the award four times.
The WB’s Smallville, which traces Clark Kent’s early years before he assumed his Superman identity, was nominated in the Sound Editing for a Series category.
The Emmy Awards are set to air August 27 on NBC.