Star Trek legend William Shatner has been hailed by the television industry for his inspirational performances by joining the Academy of Television Art + Sciences Hall of Fame. The sci-fi star has notched up more than 50 years in front of the camera, but is best-known as CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK, commander of the starship USS Enterprise. WILL + Grace director JAMES BURROWS will also be inducted, alongside former NBC anchor TOM BROKAW and Regis Philbin. In a statement academy chairman Dick Askin praised the way all have shaped the small screen, and hailed their work as an example to all aspiring TV stars. The induction ceremony date has yet to be confirmed.
Bosses of America's prestigious Emmy Awards are cutting down on the number of acceptance speeches, in an effort to entice more TV viewers.
Only 14 million viewers tuned in to watch the three-hour prize-giving event last year (04) - marking the Emmys' second-lowest ratings ever - and chiefs are desperate to make the telecast more exciting.
Therefore, they're calling a halt to the number of writers and directors who take to the stage to make spontaneous speeches after winning awards.
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