Yesterday UPN announced some very unfortunate news for fans of Enterprise.
UPN and Paramount Network Television have jointly announced that this will be the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN. [Production will continue until the end of this season, which will finish shooting in March.] The series finale will air on Friday, May 13, 2005.
TrekWeb has some additional comments from Rick Berman.
"I've always believed that you can take too many trips to the well. I'm not saying that Paramount has taken too many trips to the well, but they've probably taken enough for the time being. Since 'Next Generation' began, we have produced 624 hours. It's been 18 years with 'Next Generation,' 'Deep Space Nine,' 'Voyager' and 'Enterprise,' and seven of them we had two shows on simultaneously." Berman says the writing staff on ENTERPRISE planned for this eventuality and conceived this season's finale as a final capper for the series.
As many have said, we've been watching new episodes of Star Trek for so long that it may have been taken for granted. There's quite a bit of discussion on the matter over at Crius.net. Although I haven't watched much Enterprise myself, it was always pretty comforting to know that it was on. Most of the rest of the staff is pretty disappointed at this turn of events. Alternatives and ideas for what to do next are being considered at SaveEnterprise.com.
Last year we noted that ratings for Enterprise probably doomed the live action Wing Commander television show that was in preproduction a few years back.