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D.C. sniper Malvo confesses to William Shatner on A&E -- seriously

Want to know how to get killers to make full confessions? Put them on a reality series.

A&E announced today that William Shatner -- yes, that William Shatner -- got an interview with Lee Boyd Malvo during which, A&E says, Malvo said he and accomplice John Allen Muhammad committed approximately 42 shootings across the country and that, early on, they worked with three co-conspirators.

According to A&E, in a phone interview with Malvo, he told The Actor Formerly Known as Capt. Kirk that the three extra snipers were going to use silenced rifles to create terror along the Eastern Seaboard. The three eventually backed out of the plan. And Malvo's forensic psychiatrist Dr. Blumberg told The Actor Also Formerly Known as Denny Crane that this back-out resulted in Muhammad commanding Malvo to kill two of them for not following through, the network reported.

Even though they helped in logistics, their unwillingness to become snipers resulted in two being killed by Malvo, A&E claims, citing Dr. Blumberg as its source. The third co-conspirator's whereabouts are still unknown.

Malvo also claims he purchased weapons from a white supremacist group in Arizona. No, you cannot make this stuff up.

Time for Shatner's soliloquy: "Getting the opportunity to speak with Lee Malvo is a moment I'll never forget. He was only 17 when he committed these horrific acts, a monster forged by the only father figure in his life, and it was simply astonishing that he's found the maturity and humility to admit so many new crimes in his effort to make amends."

"Confessions of the D.C. Sniper with William Shatner: An Aftermath Special" is airing tonight on the cable network formerly known as Arts & Entertainment.

Thursday morning, TV critics tore their hair out when they got word of the sensational Shatner interview from A&E. If only they had known about this 24 hours earlier when Shatner came to Summer TV Press Tour 2010 to talk about his new role as Cute-Crazy Dad on "$#*! My Dad Says."

During that session, the most sensational thing to happen was Shatner's response when one fuddy-duddy critic, who assumed a 79-year-old actor would have "old-fashioned sensibilities," asked him, "With your old-fashioned sensibilities, wouldn't you love for them to change the title" of the show?

"Do you know what I wish? I wish they would call it "[feces]," Shatner shot back. No, he didn't actually use the word "feces" but we have standards.

"What's wrong with [feces]?" Shatner asked, expanding on his theme.

"I brought up three girls. They've all got kids. And you say 'you've got to make poo-poo. Come on! Eventually 'poo-poo' becomes '[feces]' . . . The word [feces] is around us. It isn't a terrible term. It's a natural function. Why are we pussyfooting?"

Critics clapped -- not realizing that Shatner was pulling a fast one on them and saving his big news for the next morning. You just can't trust actors.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 29, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010 , TV News  
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What's so surprising about Shatner scoring a big interview? He was, after all, The Priceline Negotiator.

Posted by: DC2LA | July 29, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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