It would appear the answers to questions about the future of Star Trek Enterprise in syndication and where one can find the newly remasted Original Series are related. The Trek Movie Report has confirmed what many have suspected, CBS Paramount Television will no longer send Enterprise episodes to stations currently running the show. Staring Sept 16th CBS will begin providing remastered Star Trek The Original Series episodes. Star Trek Enteprise began it’s life in syndication in September of 2005, 4 months after the end of it’s fourth and final season on UPN. In it’s first year CBS Paramount ran 26 episodes, the last of which ‘Regeneration’ will air this upcoming weekend. CBS Paramount will be sending out 35-40 episodes of the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series in each of the next two years allowing them to run through the entire series by the end of the original 3 year syndication deals. Stations that were airing Enterprise were informed of the coming change over the summer. Although it is leaving broadcast syndication, fans of Star Trek Enterprise will be able to find the show on both HDNet and SciFi channel staring this fall. And of course all 4 seasons are availble on DVD.
This means the easiest way to find out where you can find the remastered Original Series is to check your local station that was showing Enterprise. Please see the TOS in HD section for more details, including a preliminary station list.
UPDATE: Nagowski denies Enterprise was pulled for TOS
During the conference call on Sept. 6th, CBS Paramount Televesion President John Nogawski was asked about Enterprise. He stated that there was no link between Enterprise ending and the Remastered Original Series beginning, saying “it is just a coincidence”. The TrekMovie Report did speak to a program manager of an affiliate who stated that they were informed of the change over the summer, the programmer went on to say “we could have got out of the contract if we made a stink, but decided to stick with it”. Here is some more info from last years Official CBS Paramount Syndication Bible:
Quote: “STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE 2005/06 Basic InformationThis information is subject to change and was last updated on 08/03/05.
The 2005/06 Season (Syndication Year One) of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE runs 09/17/05 (week of 09/12/05) through 09/10/06. The full license term is 156 weeks and ends 09/07/08.