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'ENTERPRISE' Prequel's finale may not be 'Trek's' last voyage



Published: Tue, April 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Executive producer Manny Coto said he has a proposal for another series.

By DAVE MASON

SCRIPPS HOWARD

HOLLYWOOD -- "Enterprise" will beam off the small screen May 13 with a finale about the start of the Federation. But "Star Trek" will still be around the galaxy, with plans under way for a new movie and possibly another TV series.

"Enterprise" executive producer Manny Coto, who won praise this season from fans previously disappointed with the "Trek" prequel "Enterprise," said he has a proposal for another "Star Trek" series. He said he plans to wait a while and then pitch his idea to Paramount Pictures. For now, he's preparing to join the Fox real-time drama "24" as a producer.

"I'm not going to pitch it here," Coto said at the crowded "Enterprise" wrap party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Oscars.

But Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, co-producers and writers for "Enterprise," praised Coto's vision for another "Trek" in the 39-year-old franchise.

Each "Trek" series reflects its time, and the next series, whatever it is, will represent its time period, said the Reeves-Stevens, a married couple known for their "Star Trek" books.

"There was a '60s mentality to the original series, With 'The Next Generation,' they were doing the '80s. 'Deep Space Nine' was about the cocooning of the '90s," Garfield Reeves-Stevens said.

Judith Reeves-Stevens picked it up from there: "'Voyager' was about the desire to go home. This one ['Enterprise'] was about family, how 'Star Trek' came to be."

Lasting memories

John Billingsley, who played alien Dr. Phlox, said he wants "Star Trek" to return only if a new series results from an imaginative idea, not just because Paramount wants to make more money.

Other actors and producers described the last day of filming as bittersweet, but Billingsley said he found it to be merry.




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