Berman Happy With Coto, Reeves-StevensesBy Michelle
December 3, 2004 - 8:42 PM
Executive producer Rick Berman called new showrunner Manny Coto "a motivating factor" in incorporating elements from the original series into Star Trek: Enterprise and called the first four episodes of the fourth season "terrific."
The comments were made in the latest Star Trek Communicator (via the Trek BBS), in which he also said he did not have a definitive answer to the question of whether William Shatner would appear on the latest Star Trek show and did not have any sort of schedule for when another Star Trek film might be produced.
Berman said it had always been the intention of the producers to incorporate more of the original series as the show drew "closer to the era of Kirk and Spock", but added that Coto had increased those elements. He also said that having Trek novelists Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens was a blessing. "You are always a little hesitant about newcomers coming on the staff, especially people who come from a part of Star Trek that is not connected with the television shows," he admitted. "They are just dynamite. We are kicking ourselves at not having found them years ago. They are absolute cracker-jack writers, both incredibly impressive. The first draft of the very first script they did ["The Forge"] was, in my opinion, the best first draft for a first-time Star Trek writer that I have ever seen in all my years."
The exec said that he had not spoken with the studio heads about the health of the franchise, as Paramount television has just replaced many of its staff in the changeover following Les Moonves' promotion to COO of the corporation. "Right now, my feeling is that the most important thing is to keep Enterprise as healthy as possible," said Berman. "I am hoping that people will tune in on Friday night and sample the show."
A more complete transcript is at the Trek BBS. Thanks to Cyrus.