HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, the most recent installment and fifth television series from Paramount's long-running and ever-popular Star Trek franchise, begins production on its fourth season this week. The series is moving to Friday nights at 9:00PM (ET/PT) and will resume with the episode entitled, "Storm Front Pt. I" (airdate TBD). Last season, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE took a startling new direction, which presented some of the most spectacular action and visual effects in Star Trek history. It was the first time a Star Trek series followed a season-long story arc, which chronicled the crew as they were confronted with their greatest challenge: saving Earth from a new race of threatening time-traveling aliens, the Xindi. These aliens, first seen in the second season finale, launched a preemptive strike against Earth, killing millions. At the conclusion of the third season the crew successfully stopped the Xindi's super weapon from destroying Earth. However, in the process, Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) was seriously injured and transported to what appeared to be World War II-era Nazi Germany. Over the course of the third season, Archer conjured a greater decisiveness and toughness that was necessary to lead his crew into the dreaded Delphic Expanse and destroy the Xindi's super weapon. T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) left the Vulcan High Command and consequently shed her Vulcan hair and clothing. Though the Xindi weapon has been destroyed, she remains unconvinced that those traveling in space and the Earth itself are safe. In addition to Scott Bakula and Jolene Blalock, the cast members include: Connor Trinneer as Chief Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III, Dominic Keating as Lt. Malcolm Reed; Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather; Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi Sato and John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox. Manny Coto, co-executive producer of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, joins the ranks of show runner alongside Rick Berman and Brannon Braga this season. Shortly after graduating from the American Film Institute, Coto wrote and directed an episode of "Tales from the Crypt." He went on to direct the feature film, "Dr. Giggles" and the children's film, "Star Kid." He was also a writer and producer on the series "Outer Limits" and created the series "Odyssey 5" for Showtime. He joined the writing staff of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE in 2003. Rick Berman and Brannon Braga are the executive producers and creators of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, which is based on Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry. STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE is produced by Paramount Television for UPN. Paramount Television is a unit of Viacom Inc.
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