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Star Trek fans in Israel protest
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise is due to end in the US in May after four series
Star Trek fans are holding a rally in Israel in a bid to save US television series Star Trek: Enterprise.

The Tel Aviv University event is the first rally in a campaign to persuade TV executives not to scrap the show, due to end in May after four series.

Thursday's Save Enterprise event will feature screenings of episodes, with further rallies planned in the US on Friday and in London on Saturday.

Earlier this month fans put a protest advert in the Los Angeles Times.

'Cultural icon'

Fans around the world paid for the advert, which had the headline "Save Star Trek" and described the Star Trek franchise as a "cultural icon".

It asked the US Sci-Fi Channel to pick up the series from US creator UPN and urged fans to join protests outside Paramount studios in Los Angeles, and BBC and Channel 4 buildings in London.

Enterprise stars former Quantum Leap actor Scott Bakula as Captain Archer and is set before the original 1960s Star Trek series.

The fourth series averaged 2.9 million viewers per episode - half the audience it drew in its first series.

Star Trek: Enterprise began in 2001 following other Star Trek spin-off series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

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