Oh my: George Takei’s documentary is online today

George Takei

George Takei at the 2014 AARP “Movies for Grownups” Awards. (photo by Shutterstock)

All-around awesome person George Takei has parodied The Bachelor, been fired on Celebrity Apprentice, and was part of a King of the Nerds challenge.

Now he’s the star of a documentary about his present and past, from Japanese-American interned in the U.S. during World War II with his family to Star Trek star to universally beloved celebrity. The documentary was directed by Jennifer M. Kroot and says it offers “a hilarious, entertaining, and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei” and includes “unprecedented access to the daily life of George and his husband/business partner Brad.”

To Be Takei is in some theatres today, but is simultaneously being released on demand and is available online for rent or purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

Because he’s so awesome, Takei didn’t ask for any kind of editorial control over the final product. Takei didn’t even know Kroot when she first approached him about following his life, and he told the Asbury Park Press that he and Brad “vetted her” and found that her films “were quite impressive,” and ultimately, he says:

“We actually gave her carte blanche. We trusted her to the point where we said, ‘We don’t want to have final cut approval. We trust you. This is not going to be a vanity project.’ So many actors, when they have documentaries done, it’s essentially to show them off the best that they can. And, of course we wanted that, too, but we wanted a whole complete picture of us as she saw it.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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