The prequel to the original "Star Trek" science fiction series will air its final episode May 13, UPN and Paramount Network Television announced Wednesday. [UPN, Paramount Network Television and CBS are all owned by Viacom.]
The series will get a send-off that "salutes its contributions to the network and satisfies its loyal viewers," said UPN Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff. She didn't disclose details.
"Star Trek: Enterprise" debuted in September 2001. Scott Bakula stars as Capt. Jonathan Archer, along with John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park and Connor Trinneer.
The series has been sold into rerun syndication in most of the country and is set for debut this fall.
Its end means that, for the first time in 18 years, no first-run "Star Trek" series will be airing. The franchise included "Star Trek" (1966-69, NBC); "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-94, syndicated); "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1992-99, syndicated); "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995-2001, UPN); and "Star Trek: Enterprise."
"Star Trek" movies also have been released.
While bidding a warm goodbye to "Star Trek: Enterprise," the studio hinted at more "Star Trek" to come.
"We all look forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future," said Paramount Network Television President David Stapf.