Instead of being cancelled why wasn't ENT moved to SciFi?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Enterprise' started by Sheridan, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. egonbeeblebrox

    egonbeeblebrox Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 12, 2007

    Yeah, I was worried Steve Carrell would miss the point by *That* much...
  2. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Jun 30, 2004
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    You're not telling us anything new.

    Please do yourself a favour and don't see it. You'll never know what you missed. But don't complain if we see it, and maybe even love it. :bolian:
  3. galleywest

    galleywest whaaaaaat?? Premium Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    hither and yon
    So, maybe I didn't make it clear upthread. Conduct discussion of the new movie in the appropriate forum, please, or I will have to either move this thread or close it down. Considering the weird hybrid "1/2 about the topic at hand and 1/2 off-topic arguing about the new movie" this thread has become, I would probably have to close it. I still think there is discussion to be had here and people do seem interested in the actual topic, so please keep it on said topic, okay? Thank you, that is all.
  4. gblews

    gblews Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 13, 2004
    So. Cal.
    ENT being moved to Friday nights wasn't what killed the show although its clear the new timeslot didn't help. The show was pretty much dead on arrival at that time slot.

    Paramount's parent company, CBS, had let it be known that the decision that season 4 would be ENT's last, hell, Star Trek's last, al least for the foreseeable future, had been made before the move to Friday nights.

    And if I recall correctly, and I may not, ENT's Friday night ratings were at least the equal of the Stargates (or pretty close). L&O and Monk of course, are entirely different animals.
  5. MrPointy

    MrPointy Captain Captain

    Nov 2, 2006
    Darwin, NT
    ENT was pretty much killed during the middle of Season 3, but Paramount wanted to bring the final episode count to about 100 for syndication purposes, so we got S4. Nothing was going to save Enterprise after that point, short of the show magically getting >6.0 ratings.
  6. commodore64

    commodore64 Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 28, 2003
    Communist Portland
    ^ Agreed. And it's too bad. I think Enterprise is a lot more entertaining than the movie of the week or Flash Gordon.
  7. Noname Given

    Noname Given Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 22, 2001
    None Given
    Actually, it was said the USA Network was actively interested in picking up the show (as were local stations who said they' love a package like what Paramount did for first run TNG and DS - but Paramount no longer had a first run syndication division) ; where Sci-Fi said it might look into it, were the show offered; but Paramount didn't want to shop the show - at that time (as was stated above by others) Paramount felt it had enough episodes of 'Star Trek' across the 5 series, and was not interested in continuing to produce any more.
  8. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005
    I also kind of remember something about how Spike was interested in picking up ENT, too (this was back when they still actually wanted to have Trek on their channel). That would have been the easiest route to go, since Spike and UPN were both owned by Viacom at the time. Oh well... :(
  9. pookha

    pookha Admiral Admiral

    Dec 26, 2002
    several different companies including the inhouse spike and usa put out feelers as well as turner broadcasting.
    turner was the most vocal with one vice president ridiculing the decision to kill a show that was long term showing a profit.

    but moonves possibly for reasons related to soon to happen spilit of viacom wanted the show dead and for sure didnt want it to go another part of viacom controlled by his rival

    the show at the end of the third season for the first time since the start of the second season was on an upswing in the ratings.
    zero hour pulled in more people then the previous year expanse did.

    really the big thing that hurt enterprise that has since changed is how the ratings are counted for a show with muliple showings.
    at different times it was said the weekend broadcasts pulled in a sizable number of people . believable considering how often the during the week broadcast was premempted for some sport thing since the local stations knew they still had the weekend showing of enterprise.

    but i dont know if sci fi really wanted but if they had been able to look in the future and seen how the reruns would at times have better ratings then first run bsg episodes.
    yeah i suspect they would have loved to have three first run years of the show.
  10. TroubledTribble

    TroubledTribble Ensign Newbie

    Mattjc let me ask you an honest question. IF this movie is hugely successful and the Star Trek franchise does get a reboot and we all benefit by more movies, series, and merchandise..... What difference does it make?
    At this point Trek is pretty much dead, unless someone does something. JJ is trying to do just that. Can't you give him the benefit of the doubt, until we see the movie?
  11. MattJC

    MattJC Fleet Captain

    May 20, 2002
    I don't see how I personally could benefit from this reboot or the next reboot or a sequel to Abrams' reboot. You and other fans who welcome a reboot might benefit, but I won't. As far as I'm concerned, Trek IS dead for me period.
    All I have left are the DVDs and reruns on TV, the conventions and if it ever leaves the west coast, I got the Star Trek Tour as well. That's all I got to say about that for now.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2008
  12. Kalen Archer

    Kalen Archer Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 19, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    Let's keep this thread focused on Enterprise please. This isn't the appropriate forum to be discussing the movie.
  13. Jeri

    Jeri Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 20, 2001
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Having just rewatched TATV yesterday, I'm reminded how that episode was intended not just to end ENT, but all of Trek.
  14. Aike

    Aike Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 18, 2008
    Do you have a link to this?
  15. number6

    number6 Vice Admiral

    Well, someone really needs to tell MattJC that. He seems to need to turn every thread toward his one-note "anti JJ" agenda and frankly it is beyond tiresome.
  16. galleywest

    galleywest whaaaaaat?? Premium Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    hither and yon
    Posts, not poster, please. Yes, MattJC has been informed.
  17. pookha

    pookha Admiral Admiral

    Dec 26, 2002
    i will try and find it .
    but here is one of the quotes about spike..

  18. Cyrus

    Cyrus Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    It wasn't offered to SciFi, and SciFi couldn't afford it anyway.

    If Paramount had any interest in moving ENT to SciFi they would have done it in the 4th season. SciFi would have gladly paid the lower than usual license fee that was charged that season, and ENT would have been part of a more compatible lineup of shows (Stargate or BSG instead of being paired with reruns of the Top Model show).
  19. jealousblues

    jealousblues Lieutenant Red Shirt

    May 7, 2008

    to save money they could have gone to all cardboard and paper mache it an homage to TOS.
    Ok, so it would never happen but it would have been AWESOME for an episode or two.
  20. MeanJoePhaser

    MeanJoePhaser Admiral

    Aug 21, 2003
    Missile Command
    Replace Travis with a cardboard cut one would notice for a few episodes.

    Other ways to save money:

    Have Trip stuck in on a shuttlepod or soundstage "planet" with a guest star every other week. Like they did in season 2. :p

    Have all the guest parts actually played by the series regulars. They did that on DS9 for like a whole season's worth of episodes. :shifty:

    Recap everything noteworthy that happened in the entires series before the opening of each episode. That should shave off 1 or 2 minutes

    Changing the opening credits cop-show style, with exciting montages from older episodes that promise a lot but deliver nothing since the reduced budget prohibits much action. (Much like most cop/detective shows were.)