GARY, Ind. (AP) _ He played a beauty pageant host in the comedy ``Miss Congeniality.'' Now, William Shatner is doing it in real life.

The former ``Star Trek'' star will be the emcee of the Miss USA pageant, scheduled for broadcast March 2 from the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, Ind.

The pageant is part of a three-year deal created by multimillionaire developer Donald Trump, who owns a casino on Gary's lakefront and has run the pageant with CBS since 1997.