News Bullets

By Michelle
September 11, 2003 - 3:17 PM

  • UPN has sent a memo to all affiliates (sent directly to TrekToday as well) clarifying the name change to Enterprise:
    PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CLARIFICATION: THE LOGO YOU WERE RECENTLY SENT THAT READS "STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE" IS FOR ON-AIR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. THE OFFICIAL NAME OF THE SERIES IS STILL "ENTERPRISE."
    The note was signed by Kathie Kiefner, who sent the first memo about the name change as well.

  • Neither the producers nor StarTrek.com has made any official statement, but based on the complete credits for "The Xindi" posted at Psi Phi, John Shiban is apparently no longer a full-time Enterprise staff member.

  • Fans and contributors to The Enterprise Project took out an ad in this morning's Hollywood Reporter to show support for Enterprise to producers and advertisers. "The fans are on board. Thanks to all the cast and crew and Warp Speed in Season 3!" reads some of the ad copy.

  • Pocket Books Editor Marco Palmieri reports that David R. George III's Serpent Among the Ruins, the second book in the Star Trek: The Lost Era series, is on The New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #34.

  • The Star Trek Fan Association has posted a transcript of a chat with Eugene Roddenberry in which he said that some of Enterprise's supporting characters need stronger writing, particularly Sato, who seems to him "weak and uninteresting"; he also said that he would not fire the current executive producers but would promote junior writers with strong character ideas.

  • Julia Houston has an article on "Redefining the Retro-Final Frontier" at About.com: "If Enterprise wants to escape its status as the poor stepchild of Trek, it needs to find a way to address a new, unindoctrinated audience while pleasing at least some old-time Trekkers."

  • William Shatner's official web site has a report and photos of SPPLAT Attack II, the paintball competition over Labor Day weekend in which Shatner took part in New Milford, Pennsylvania.

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