Whenever "Star Trek" returns to television in the future, it probably won't be as a direct result of money raised by fans.
The latest campaign to keep the long-running sci-fi franchise on the air has given up its quest to fund a fifth season of UPN's "Star Trek: Enterprise" through donations from fans. The folks behind TrekUnited, which was both the leader of the campaign and an object of ridicule for some "Trek" fans, said last week that they'll start refunding money pledged to the effort.
"(D)espite the significant sum being offered to produce a fifth season ... ('Enterprise' producer) Paramount turned down the offer," a statement on TrekUnited's web site reads. "Paramount has reinforced its stance that it cannot and will not take money contributed by fans, even though TrekUnited became incorporated over one and a half months ago and technically any money offered would not have to be regarded any different than from a corporate sponsor."