From Dark Horizons: Enterprise" Grounded Next Year? Posted: Tuesday Dec. 9, 2003 11:40pm (Au-EST) Author: Garth Franklin The talk of ratings and critical disappointment has been pervasive for some time now on the latest Trek spin-off. Despite its relaunch this year with a new storyline and purpose which has yielded a better quality show, ratings sadly haven't reflected it - whilst holding steady this year they're still far from ideal. Then the other day this scoop came in, whilst the news is reasonable sounding I held off on it to see if I could find out anything corroborating or would deny its content. So far nothing either way but I'd thought I'd share it before it pops up somewhere else as 'fact' when its simply rumour for now: "On the Paramount lot this week, a memo was circulated to the production staff advising them that the current season would be reduced to 24 shows from 26. This marks the first time in nearly 20 years that this has occurred for a Trek show; all non-first seasons of all the existing and previous series have always consisted of 26 shows (except TNG: Season 2 due to a writers strike). Lot talk behind the memo is that next year will be the last season of "Enterprise". A fourth and final season of 24 shows, which with the first two seasons total episode count of 52, would fulfill the magic syndication requirement of 100 total episodes. No word on the future of the Franchise".