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Scott Bakula to Star as Captain Archer in Paramount Network Television's ENTERPRISE, the Newest 'Star Trek' Series.

Bakula Also Extends Development Deal With the Studio

HOLLYWOOD, May 10 /PRNewswire/ --

Golden Globe Award-winning actor Scott Bakula has signed on to star as Captain Jonathan Archer in the new Paramount Network Television drama series ENTERPRISE. Further, Bakula has extended his first-look development deal with the studio, it was announced today by Garry Hart, president of the Network Television Division of the Paramount Television Group.

In the fifth installment of the landmark "Star Trek" franchise, Bakula will portray Captain Jonathan Archer, a physical and intensely curious captain with a bold personality. Although he has a strong sense of duty, he is a bit of a renegade and is not afraid to question orders or even disobey them if he feels in his gut that he is right.

Bakula comments, "Obviously, I love the genre and am a long-time fan of Star Trek. I am also thrilled to be working on a TV series again with Kerry McCluggage and Garry Hart, a relationship that dates back to 1988 with 'Quantum Leap.'"

Under his newly extended deal with Paramount Network Television, Bakula, along with partner Tom Spiroff, will continue to develop projects that will encompass series, telefilms, features and specials.

"We couldn't be happier," says co-creator and executive producer Rick Berman, "Scott personifies the charm and intelligence that the role calls for."

The accomplished actor, who appeared in the 1999 Oscar-winning Best Picture "American Beauty," recently concluded filming the New Line Cinema feature film "Life As A House," directed and co-produced by Academy Award-winner Irwin Winkler.

Bakula is best known for his five-year stint on the innovative drama series "Quantum Leap" for which he earned a Golden Globe Award in addition to four consecutive Emmy Award nominations and three more Golden Globe Award nominations.

The Paramount Television Group is a part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.

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