The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has selected five honorees to earn induction into the Academy's Hall of Fame, a crew led by "TJ Hooker" star William Shatner.
Also warranting celebration this year are Tom Brokaw, James Burrows, Leonard Goldberg and Regis Philbin.
Dick Askin, chairman of the Television Academy, announced this year's honorees on Monday (June 19).
"The Television Academy's Hall of Fame honors a lifetime of excellence and is a special recognition for those who have made significant contributions that will leave an indelible mark on the television business," Askin says. "This year's inductees have each helped shape our industry and serve as inspiration for everyone involved in our business. It is an honor to recognize their careers and we are pleased to welcome them into our Hall of Fame."
After being robbed of Emmys over the years for his work on "Star Trek" and "Rescue 911," Shatner has now scored Emmys in consecutive years for his work on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal." The Montreal-born Shatner is also a successful recording artist.
Currently a special correspondent for NBC News, Brokaw occupied the network's anchor chair for 21 years, earning Emmys and Peabodys in the process. Brokaw is also the author of the bestseller "The Greatest Generation."
Burrows is one of the most decorated directors in the history of the sitcom, earning 10 Emmys, four DGA awards and a host of other honors for his work on shows as varied as "Taxi," "Friends," "Frasier" and "Will & Grace."
As a producer, Goldberg's TV movie credits included the seminal telefilms "Brian's Song," "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" and "Something About Amelia," which he also partnered with Aaron Spelling on series hits like "Charlie's Angels," "Hart to Hart" and "Family."
As for Regis? Well, you might know him as the host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," as well as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and the upcoming "America's Got Talent." He's a four-time Emmy winner and the Guinness recordholder for "most hours on camera," with more than 15,000 in his career.
"Being part of this selection process was an honor and each of the inductees has had a tremendous impact in both television and entertainment," says Sam Haskell, co-chairman of the Television Academy Hall of Fame selection committee. "All of these individuals have had careers that have stood the test of time and their accomplishments extend over decades. We can't think of five others who deserve this honor more."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun