UPN Cancels Star Trek: Enterprise
UPN Cancels ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ (TrekToday)
Star Trek: Enterprise will come to an end following the airing of an as yet untitled series finale on May the 13th, 2005. UPN and Paramount today jointly announced the show’s cancellation. “Star Trek has been an important part of UPN’s history, and Enterprise has carried on the tradition of its predecessors with great distinction,” UPN Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff said. “We’d like to thank Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and an incredibly talented cast for creating an engaging, new dimension to the Star Trek universe on UPN, and we look forward to working with them, and our partners at Paramount Network Television, on a send-off that salutes its contributions to The Network and satisfies its loyal viewers.”
Paramount Network Television president David Stapf added, “The creators, stars and crew of Star Trek: Enterprise ambitiously and proudly upheld the fine traditions of the Star Trek franchise. We are grateful for their contributions to the legacy of Trek and commend them on completing nearly 100 exciting, dramatic and visually stunning episodes. All of us at Paramount warmly bid goodbye to Enterprise, and we all look forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future.”
TrekToday sources report that CBS president Les Moonves himself yesterday reached the decision to pull the plug on Enterprise. Most Enterprise crew members only found out about their show’s cancellation this morning.
Enterprise only barely qualified for renewal a year ago, but was given a final chance by UPN to prove itself after Paramount agreed to drastically cut the show’s license fee. The show underwent several major changes this year, including a move from Wednesday night to Friday and the appointment of new showrunner Manny Coto, but the most important thing didn’t change – the show’s low ratings. Last week, “Babel One” set a new series low for Enterprise, attracting just over 2.5 million viewers.
While this has been rumored for over a year, it’s rather surprising. While the original “Star Trek” only lasted three seasons, it soon become a cult favorite and spawned an industry, including numerous feature films and four spin-off series, all of which got a seven year run, even the putrid “Star Trek: Voyager,” which no one will admit to watching beyond its early episodes.