Not even Captain Kirk could have saved Star Trek: Enterprise.
The UPN series (Fridays, 8 pm/ET) will end its four-year run May 13 due to a steep drop in viewers (just 2.9 million this season). "And I don't think an appearance by William Shatner
would have mattered," says executive producer Rick Berman
. He'd been in talks
with the Trek
icon, hoping that a guest shot would lure lapsed Trekkers.
"But the writing was on the wall last year," he explains, "when UPN moved us to Friday nights and the network began skewing in a different direction." (That would be toward young female viewers.)
On the bright side, Berman promises that Enterprise
will end with "a little valentine to all Trek
fans. I will say that the finale is surprising — something we've never done before — and it might involve people from another Star Trek
show." Forget that teasing "might." The space-opera honcho will
make it so: Star Trek: The Next Generation
vets Jonathan Frakes
(William Riker) and Marina Sirtis
(Deanna Troi) have just signed on
to guest-star in Enterprise
's last hurrah.