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''Star Trek: Enterprise'' is canceled

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Scott Bakula, Enterprise

Star Trek fans will soon have to boldly go where no fan has gone before, at least not in the last 18 years: into a universe with no new Trek TV episodes in production. UPN announced Wednesday that it’s canceling the low-rated Star Trek: Enterprise after four years at the end of this season. The series takes its final voyage on May 13. After that, nada; there’s no Trek show or Trek theatrical feature in the works.

Since Star Trek: The Next Generation launched in 1987 (18 years after the original 1966-69 series went off the air), there has always been a current Trek series on the air, sometimes more than one. Other spinoffs included Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. All those shows lasted at least seven seasons.

The theatrical film series also seems to have petered out; there’s been no new movie in the works since the 10th installment, Star Trek: Nemesis, flopped in 2002. Still, the 39-year-old sci-fi franchise may not be dead. Even though there’s no Trek series on the drawing board, UPN said in its announcement that the show’s producers were ”look[ing] forward to a new chapter.” No word on when that incarnation of Star Trek might launch.

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