This is a monster deal in the online world. Priceline.com became the most valuable online travel agency behind a vigorous marketing effort featuring William Shatner, which he did in exchange for company stock. That deal has netted him profits that some suggest are near $600 million after the company’s shares bottomed out during the dot-com bust — the stock price at today’s close was $627.87. Now Priceline is acquiring Kayak Software Corp for $1.8 billion in cash and stock. Kayak shareholders will receive $40 a share, a 29% premium over its closing price, and the stock surged above $40 in after-hours trading. The deal includes $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and assumed stock options, Bloomberg reports. Kayak debuted its IPO in July.
Comedians Jon Lovitz, Patrice O’Neal and Amy Schumer, actress Kate Walsh and previous roastee William Shatner have been added as roasters for Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen. They join previously announced TMZ boss Harvey Levin, Jackass star Steve-O, former boxer Mike Tyson as well as comedians Anthony Jeselnik and Jeffrey Ross. Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the roast will be taped Sept. 10 for a Sept. 19 premiere.
William Shatner, star of CBS’ new comedy $#*! My Dad Says, defended the show’s original title, Sh*t My Dad Says, after the Twitter account it’s based on. ”I wish they’d call it sh*t,” Shatner said at the show’s TCA panel. “The word sh*t isn’t a terrible term, it’s a natural function. Why are we pussy-footing?” The 79-year-old actor, who confessed he has a young guy help him with his own tweeting, had a lot of fun going through variations of the name of the service and its messages. ”Twitter? Tweet? I know it isn’t a Twat,” he quipped. As for the show, producers said every episode will open with a Tweet which will be used by Shatner’s character at some point during the episode.
EXCLUSIVE: After an extensive search, I hear Jonathan Sadowski has landed the young lead opposite William Shatner in CBS’ upcoming comedy series $#*! My Dad Says. The project, based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, stars Shatner as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to his son Henry (Sadowski), a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger. Sadowski replaces Ryan Devlin, who played the role in the pilot. The network opted to recast the role when it picked the pilot to series in May. Co-starring on the Warner Bros. TV-produced series, executive produced by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, are Will Sasso as Henry’s brother the meek half of his husband/wife real estate duo with domineering Kathleen (Nicole Sullivan). Sadowski, repped by WME and manager Susan Yoo, most recently starred on the NBC/WBTV comedy pilot Our Show. The pilot’s other star, Nate Corddry, just landed a big lead on another upcoming series that had been recast, NBC’s Harry’s Law. $#*! My Dad Says is not doing a panel at Comic-Con but Shatner will sign autographs at the Warner Bros. booth on Friday.