Site ColumnsBy Michelle
November 16, 2003 - 7:53 PM
Every year I usually give a couple of new shows a chance. This year my new shows were Skin and Tarzan, the former because of its loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, the latter because of, well, Lucy Lawless and Travis Fimmel. They've both been cancelled already.
Is it me, or have this fall's offerings been even worse than usual? I can't blame the reality show trend, as there are fewer now than there were several months ago. It's not just the new shows either: West Wing is depressing, 24 is boring me, and Smallville has way too much Lana and way too little Lex.
This being the case...why aren't more people watching Enterprise? I have my gripes with the show, but I have to say it's much better now than it was during the first season and unlike a lot of returning shows, it's not showing its age already.
Okay, I know one reason people may not be watching is the time slot -- come on, UPN, get it on in an hour when people aren't distracted by a bigger-name genre franchise! There's no shame in being outscored by Superman. Move Enterprise to Fridays; it's not like the ratings can get any worse for you that night, anyway.
I'm betting that more people are watching the show than we see in the numbers, but they're taping it. Unfortunately, without hard numbers to back this up, Mediaweek and others are going to continue to harp on the show's ratings. The network really needs to do something to support its franchise.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from mid-November 2001:
- Linda Park Loves The Languages
"I think Hoshi has more of a latent explorer in her than the others have because she gets fearful sometimes. But I hope that she'll blossom and become the full-fledged explorer that I hope she will be," said Linda Park, who also enjoyed her scenes speaking Denobulan with Phlox and added that she shared Sato's hunger for knowledge.
- Kate Mulgrew Confirmed For 'Nemesis'
At a convention in Philadelphia, Kate Mulgrew confirmed that she would be appearing as Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Nemesis. She said that she would be "ordering Picard around" in the film.
- Philadelphia Convention Report
DS9 actors performed Shakespeare, Marc Alaimo (Dukat) described what it was like having Avery Brooks (Sisko) break his nose, and Mulgrew admitted that she and Jeri Ryan never bonded as Janeway and Seven of Nine did.
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This Week's Television Listings
Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show Enterprise's "Similitude". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
When Trip suffers a catastrophic injury, his only hope for survival is a transplant from a "mimetic simbiot" – a clone – which Phlox grows from one of his exotic creatures. But it's a very troubling solution.