Fans Helped Save 'Enterprise', Says Ostroff

By Michelle
May 22, 2004 - 6:34 PM

Dawn Ostroff, the president of entertainment programming for UPN, acknowledged that fan input contributed to the network's choice to renew Star Trek: Enterprise.

"By the amount of mail and calls that we've received from loyal Star Trek fans, we have every reason to believe that the viewers will follow Enterprise to its new night and time," Ostroff said at the network's presentation in New York on May 20th (quoted at Sci Fi Wire).

Ostroff mentioned that the show recently won USA Today's poll of shows that viewers wanted to see returning next season, with 70 percent of voters urging renewal for Enterprise.

The new season of Enterprise will be "more action-packed, with spectacular special effects", according to the network, which added that both the timeline alterations and the relationship between T'Pol and Tucker will continue next fall.

Reporting on the UPN presentation in New York as well, The Great Link quoted Ostroff as saying that the new time slot, 9 p.m. on Fridays, is where The X-Files thrived.

Fan efforts to save the show were quick to offer thanks to UPN in the wake of the official announcement.

The Enterprise Project announced its gratitude to UPN, Paramount, and Viacom for a fourth season, as founder MJ Rogers said, "We're pleased to hear that they've actually listened to the fans." The group has designed a new ad expressing appreciation to run in The Hollywood Reporter. posted a notice thanking "everyone who helped campaign to Save Star Trek: Enterprise by writing letters, sending faxes, writing emails, calling in and watching the show every Wednesday!" The site also encouraged sending notes of appreciation to the executives who made the decision to keep the show on the air.

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