William Shatner hosts 'Weird or What' for Discovery

Today, William Shatner announced that he’ll host a reality show called Weird or What for the Discovery Channel in the U.S. and the History Channel in his native Canada. According to Variety, “It will examine and analyze some of the weirdest unsolved cases around the world — ranging from paranormal phenomena, medical oddities and bizarre natural disasters.” Shatner said the show would present science in a “light-hearted, jaunty way.”

I’m all for this because it reminds me of his Emmy-nominated documentary How William Shatner Changed the World. Granted, that was great because it told you definitively how Star Trek influenced the inventor of the cell phone, NASA’s chief propulsion engineer, a top neurosurgeon, and one of the brains behind QuickTime. (Watch cellphone inventor Martin Cooper describe the epiphany he had watching Captain Kirk talk on his Communicator after the  jump.) But as long as Weird or What poses theories that could possibly solve those cases, it should be worth watching…

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  • Tuzo

    How William Shatner Changed the World was great. As for the new show, I’m not that enthused — it seems like one of those shows that I will watch it if I happen to notice that it’s on.

  • Griz

    I know writers and directors ‘made’ Star Trek — and made their money. But the actors are the ones who made it come to life — yet got screwed. For their enteraining and inspiring me, I’d watch almost anything any of the original cast are a part of and applaud them for it.
    And if it’s good to boot, bonus!
    You go Bill!

  • Garry

    What an excellent show, best thing we have seen on TV for awhile and Shatner is perfect! Good job History channel!

  • Vern

    On the show, aired Sept. 8, 2010, has anyone considered that the “bloop” sound in the ocean near the Antarctic might have been some kind of engine starting up like a “UFO”?

  • mandy

    love, love weird or what, always great to see bill shatner

  • Les

    Its great to see William shatner on this show he brings great humor and the show offers more than one solution to the mystries I love watching this show to bad its only shown on SBS in Australia Discovery channel would have been better

  • claudio williams

    I’m from the Caribbean, and in 1974.Myself and six other friends experience something very weird on this remote beach after the captain swear,and i will like to tell this story so the world.And i will love to have Mr William Shatner tel my story on weird or what .My phone number is 416-690-9867 and my email address is onnirecords@hotmail .com

  • Kirk Lemmons

    I would like to send a story that is true to william shatner’s wierd or what in the mail because I can’t tipe.Could I get the address please?

  • Kirk Lemmons

    I would like to send a story that is true to william shatner’s wierd or what in the mail because I can’t tipe.Could I get the address? contact me on facebook please?

  • malcolm smith

    I watched the show an fingers that grew back and heard a doctor say that skin could grow back but not nerves can,t. I broke my jaw off 20 yrs ago and the doctor told me that two of my teeth would die because the nerves were severed but one of the teeth did not die and is heathly the dentist cannot explain it.

  • rob bartlett

    I just watched a show about a man that was hit by lightning 6 times. Since the age of 7 I have been hit a total 7 times with no injury other then poor eyesight

  • Barbara Gallant

    my grand son got a pic of an alien the pic is untouched and real would like to send it to you it is deffently a weird or what,if interested you can let me know ,it will be worth your while to look at it it is amazing and scary B Gallant

  • Thomas Horricks

    On the episode where the skull is abnormally shaped and some scientists are claiming it is alien, why could it not be subjected to a dna test. They have done this with very ancient bones?

  • Duane

    Hi William, check out 50.8153 Lat. and 105.03153 Long. north of Pelican Pointe- Last Mountain Lake on google earth and you will see the image of a Culdee monk. Local archeologists say it was made out of a white clay that turns florescent when wet. The peninsula was a Culdee monk motte and bailey timber castle type monastery. It was found in Oct.2002

  • Duane

    The figure marks an ancient Culdee Dublin-Viking burial. The figure of the man is in the form of a quadrant astrolabe.

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