William Shatner is attempting to build a mini-sci-fi empire atop the foundations of being an arbiter of cool and three seasons and 79 episodes of one of the most popular television series of all time.
Last March, Shatner launched MyOuterSpace.com, an online destination that’s “part social network, part sci-fi news site, part video channel, and part production company.” He currently serves as the site’s “Admiral,” and one of his first orders of duty was to start production on a web series.
Kozmo and Zara were once a popular singing duo on their home planet Zeno. Now their family lives on a spaceship as old as their last single, bopping around the galaxy, trying to keep the dream alive. Daughter Ziri and son Iggy have grown up in the band, reluctantly helping their parents sing for their supper – and engine parts.
Good gigs are hard to get, but Zara keeps the schedule full, even if it’s only bowling alleys and carnival shows on amusement asteroids. Kozmo’s always got a new pie-in-the sky idea, invention or big-time deal that would set them for life yet never pans out. Between Kozmo’s hustle and Zara’s bustle, they always scrape by, as the Zenoid family lives from adventure to adventure.
The Zenoids will be animated in part by Jeremy Appleman, the winner of MyOuterSpace’s Toon Boom Animate Shatner Contest. The site is also tapping members of the MyOuterSpace community to help write the series. If you’re interested in submitting, you better hurry. MyOuterSpaces says, “The first and best [script] we see, we’re going to roll with,” so if you’ve ever dreamed of hearing your written words spoken in Shanter’s voice and uncanny cadence, get your finished script of six pages or less delivered ASAP.
Shatner’s gig on The Zenoids will be one of his first starring roles in a web series since his Streamy Award-winning reality vlog, The Shatner Project.