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Exclusive: Rookie Blue Collars William Shatner

Phasers on stun!

William Shatner is returning to his cop roots with a guest stint on ABC’s Rookie Blue, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The former T.J. Hooker star will play “a very drunk driver” in the Season 3 premiere, reveals executive producer Tassie Cameron. The role “starts comic and ends dramatic, so we’re hoping it gives him a chance to do what he does so well,” she adds. “He’s got such great range.”

The character should fit like a glove since it was written with Shatner — who, like the show, hails from Canada — in mind. “We’re all really excited that he said yes,” says Cameron, adding that one Blue regular is especially giddy about the casting coup. “Gregory Smith, I think, is more excited about this than he is about any actor he’s ever worked with.”

Rookie Blue wraps up its second season this Thursday at 9/8c on ABC. Production on Season 3 is currently underway in Toronto, Canada.