Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

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Lois & Clark:
The New Adventures Of Superman
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Also known as Lois & Clark
The New Adventures of Superman
Genre Superhero
Drama
Romance
Based on Superman by
Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
Developed by Deborah Joy LeVine
Starring Dean Cain
Teri Hatcher
Lane Smith
Eddie Jones
K Callan
Michael Landes
Justin Whalin
Tracy Scoggins
John Shea
Theme music composer Jay Gruska
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 87 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Deborah Joy LeVine
Robert Singer
Eugenie Ross Leming
Brad Buckner
David Jacobs
Robert Butler
Camera setup Single camera
Running time approx. 45 minutes
Production company(s) December 3rd Productions
Gangbuster Films Inc. (pilot)
Roundelay Productions (season 1)
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12) – June 14, 1997 (1997-06-14)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (commonly known simply as Lois and Clark and in the UK as The New Adventures of Superman) is an American television series based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It stars Dean Cain as Clark Kent/Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane. The series aired on ABC from September 12, 1993 to June 14, 1997.[1] The show was shot entirely in California.[2]

Developed for television by Deborah Joy LeVine,[3] the series loosely followed the modern origin of Superman, established by writer John Byrne, where Clark Kent is the true personality and Superman a disguise. The series focuses on the relationship and romance between Lois and Clark as much as the adventures of Clark's alter-ego, Superman.[4]

Overview

On May 17, 1966, Jonathan and Martha Kent (Eddie Jones and K Callan) witness the crash-landing of a small spaceship in Shuster's Field outside of Smallville, Kansas. When they investigate, they discover the baby Kal-El and decide to raise him as their own naming him, Clark Jerome Kent (Dean Cain). Throughout the series, Clark proudly states his mother made his Superman costume for him. Clark often consults his parents either by telephone or in person, after impromptu Superman flights to Smallville, about personal and moral concerns and dilemmas.

The series opens twenty-seven years later, on the day Clark moves to Metropolis after leaving his position as a newspaper editor of Smallville Press, interviews for a job at the Daily Planet under editor Perry White (Lane Smith). Clark becomes acquainted with photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes in season 1, Justin Whalin thereafter) and gossip columnist Cat Grant (Tracy Scoggins). Soon after being hired, Clark is partnered with star reporter Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher). Clark falls in love with Lois at first sight. When Superman saves Lois from a space shuttle disaster, she instantly becomes infatuated with Clark's alter-ego and named him Superman.

Superman's first mission interferes with the illegal dealings of Lex Luthor (John Shea), a Metropolis business giant and benefactor. After Luthor's plot was stopped, Superman let Luthor know he is watching him and the two become arch-enemies. However, Clark respects Luthor's life, even surreptitiously using his superpowers to save Lex from bleeding to death. Luthor sees Superman as a worthy opponent; he ultimately discovers his weakness to kryptonite and realizes he has a secret identity, vowing to learn it in hopes of making the hero's life difficult.

Development

DC Comics president Jenette Kahn had been working for several years to sell the concept of a Superman television series. The series would be different. In 1991 Leslie Moonves and Deborah Joy LeVine helped sell the series to ABC television network with a new title, Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman.[5]

The series mirrored John Byrne's reboot of Superman, making Clark Kent more assertive and less clumsy. A few episodes directly emphasized that Clark was the unequivocal "dominant" personality, not Superman. Following this theme, an innovation unique to the series was the depiction of Clark Kent and Superman's traditional hairstyles being reversed—here it is Superman whose hair is slicked-back, and Clark whose fringe falls more naturally. An additional element that reflected the post-Byrne comics was the portrayal of Lex Luthor (at least initially) as a corrupt corporate tycoon, rather than the traditional mad scientist.

Many of the stories in season one involved normal human criminals using advanced and powerful technology or involved in large and dangerous conspiracies—most, if not all, of the Lex Luthor stories of season one. After season one, series creator Deborah Joy LeVine left the show as a producer, and a new production team took over the series. Episode plots gradually shifted from those in which Lois, Clark, and Superman only became involved with criminal elements or dangerous situations through their own initiative to more fantastic plots. Often centered on comic-style villains who specifically targeted Lois, Superman, or Clark from the beginning, rather than endangering the protagonists as a reactionary measure when they became threats to other criminal plans. Later plots frequently revolved around villains with special superhuman powers and abilities.

A fifth season of the series was initially announced by ABC. When the network unexpectedly canceled plans for season five, the producers and writers of the show were unprepared. The series ended on a cliffhanger where Clark and Lois find an infant in their home with a note saying the child belongs to them. This mystery was never solved on the series.

Series history

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 21 September 12, 1993 (1993-09-12) May 8, 1994 (1994-05-08)
2 22 September 18, 1994 (1994-09-18) May 21, 1995 (1995-05-21)
3 22 September 17, 1995 (1995-09-17) May 12, 1996 (1996-05-12)
4 22 September 22, 1996 (1996-09-22) June 14, 1997 (1997-06-14)

Season one

Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain received critical praise for their performances.[6] Lane Smith was a huge success,[citation needed] breathing life and humor into the Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White. John Shea also received positive reviews[citation needed] for his portrayal of Lex Luthor. Michael Landes' modern-day portrayal of Jimmy Olsen gained a cult following,[citation needed] as did[citation needed] Tracy Scoggins' comedic portrayal of Cat Grant, at the time a recent addition to the Superman mythos. Lex Luthor's death in the season finale occurred after disagreements between Shea and the producers over the actor's strenuous commute between New York and Los Angeles. No longer a regular cast member, he reappeared once in season two, twice in season three, and once in season four.[7]

Luthor develops an interest in Lois Lane and through most of the first season tries to woo her; although Lois is receptive to his romantic advances, she remains infatuated with Superman. Lois also develops feelings for Clark, but represses or denies them. Luthor eventually proposes marriage to Lois. Clark, seeing he may lose Lois, attempts to convince her of Luthor's true nature, but fails. In a last-ditch attempt, Clark tells Lois that he is in love with her; she replies that she does not return his feelings but cares for him deeply as a friend. Later, Lois asks Superman if there is any chance of a romance between the two of them. Superman turns her down and Lois accepts Luthor's proposal. Luthor decides to coincide his nuptials with the death of Superman, who he traps in a kryptonite cage in the wine cellar of Luthor Tower, which also contains the chapel where the wedding will occur. As the wedding approaches, Lois realizes she loves Clark and says no to Lex at the altar.

Clark had been working with Perry and Jimmy to expose Lex and they have enough evidence for the police to interrupt the wedding. Lex eludes the police and jumps from his penthouse office to his apparent death. Superman has escaped the cage and, as Clark, rejoins Lois. However, his powers have been diminished by kryptonite and he cannot stop the villain from falling to the pavement. Newspapers report that Lex's body has been stolen from the morgue and hint he may not be dead. Clark, fearing his unrequited love for Lois may damage their relationship, tells her his profession of love was only out of a desire to protect her from Lex. Lois, who was about to tell Clark that she loves him too, instead keeps it to herself and their relationship remains a friendship.

Season two

In season two, the character of Cat Grant was dropped, and Michael Landes was replaced with Justin Whalin as Jimmy Olsen. The official reason, according to Landes, was that he looked too similar to Dean Cain.[8] On the show, the explanation is that he has changed with age. Series creator Deborah Joy LeVine and the entire first-season writing team were also dismissed. The new producer, Robert Singer, planned a stronger focus on action;[9] the show also shifted its focus onto the budding romance between Lois and Clark.

Lex Luthor returned in one episode and other villains from the comics, such as The Prankster, Metallo, the Toyman and the criminal group known as Intergang, began to appear. The show featured new love interests for the ace reporters: Dan Scardino (Jim Pirri), a government agent interested in Lois, and D. A. Mayson Drake (Farrah Forke). This season also featured the debut of fan-favorite villain Tempus (Lane Davies) and H. G. Wells appeared as a time-traveler. Wells' younger self was played by Terry Kiser, and the older Wells was played by Hamilton Camp. Season two became a success and garnered higher ratings in its initial airings, ending the season in 58th place.

In season two, Clark and Lois begin to date but are interrupted by Mayson Drake (Farrah Forke), a district attorney who takes a romantic interest in Clark but has a total lack of regard for Superman. Mayson dies as Lois and Clark have their first date. In the next episode, a federal agent named Dan Scardino (Jim Pirri) becomes a rival to Clark for Lois' affections. Lois decides she likes Clark more than Dan, and they begin dating more seriously. In the season finale, Clark comes close to telling Lois his secret but does not because of his uncertainty about her reaction and interruptions by people plotting to expose his identity to the world. At the end of the final episode, Clark proposes to Lois.

Season three

Season three averaged around 15 million viewers per episode and ranked 44th for the season. In the premiere episode, Lois reveals that she knows Clark's secret identity, and in the seventh episode, "Ultra Woman", she accepts Clark's proposal. ABC announced that the wedding would occur on Valentine's Day weekend; with ABC sending heart-shaped "wedding invitations" to ABC News staff. A controversy erupted, when ABC presents the viewers with a bogus wedding, with Clark unwittingly married to a clone of Lois.[10] This was the start of a five-part story, in which Lois is kidnapped by Lex Luthor, replaced by a clone, the real Lois suffering from amnesia, and Clark trying to find the real Lois Lane.

In the third season premiere, Lois has discovered Superman's secret identity. Initially, she resents Clark not telling her. After they separate for a time, Lois dates Patrick Sullivan, an antique dealer who is plotting to kill her in a sacrificial druid ritual, and she and Clark carry out assignments where they either pose as a married couple or are alone together for an entire weekend. Lois finally accepts Clark's engagement ring after acquiring his powers and temporarily becoming a superhero named Ultra Woman. Lois suffers a bout of amnesia and hallucinates their wedding. Once she recovers, Lois and Clark are still engaged when two other Kryptonians come to Earth, one of whom is Clark's wife. They insist Clark go with them to save their world, New Krypton, from domination by an evil tyrant named Lord Nor; Clark leaves Lois, taking her wedding ring to remember her and as a promise to return as quickly as possible. While committed to each other, they both doubt he will ever return.

Season four

The final season had several two-part episodes. It began with the resolution of a cliffhanger involving a previously unknown colony of Kryptonians. Lois and Clark finally wed in the third episode of the season entitled "Swear To God, This Time We're Not Kidding". The same week, DC Comics released Superman: The Wedding Album, featuring the long-awaited marriage of Lois and Clark. The series ended on a cliffhanger in which Lois and Clark find an infant in Clark's old bassinet, along with a note that claimed the child belonged to them. This mystery was never resolved in the television series; however Brad Buckner, executive producer, and writer for the third and fourth seasons, later said that the infant was Kryptonian royalty hidden with Lois and Clark so they could protect him from assassins.[11]

During the fourth season, ABC had announced a fifth season of the show; its producers and writers were unprepared when ABC later decided that no new episodes would be produced. The series had weakened in its Sunday 8:00 pm timeslot and had been shifted to 7:00 pm in January, and was moved to Saturdays in the spring.[12] The ratings dropped even further, and the show finished its last season in 104th place. It was removed from the schedule in May 1997.[12] ABC made up for its commitment to Warner Bros. by ordering thirteen episodes of a Debra Messing drama, Prey.

The fourth season starts with Clark heading toward New Krypton, while the evil tyrant Nor has instead invaded Earth, so Clark returns just as Nor takes over Smallville. He and Lois defeat the tyrant and persuade the New Kryptonians to allow Clark to stay on Earth. After another failed wedding ceremony, Lois and Clark get married. Evil forces continue to assault them, delaying their honeymoon, but eventually, the couple moves into a new home. Throughout the season they strengthen their bond, despite some disagreements and villains trying to destroy them. The newlywed reporters discover that Clark cannot father a child with Lois, but at the end of the last episode, a child mysteriously appears. In an interview, series writer and executive producer Brad Buckner said the planned story was that the child "was Kryptonian royalty, stashed by his mother to keep him safe from assassins."[13]

Cast

Principal cast members of season one.
Principal cast members of the rest of the series run.

Main cast

Actor[14] Character Seasons
1 2 3 4
Dean Cain Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman Main
Teri Hatcher Lois Lane Main
Lane Smith Perry White Main
Michael Landes[15][16] Jimmy Olsen Main
Justin Whalin[17] Main
Tracy Scoggins Catherine "Cat" Grant Main
K Callan Martha Kent Main
Eddie Jones Jonathan Kent Main
John Shea Lex Luthor Main Guest Guest Voice

Recurring cast

Special guest stars

Novels and collected edition

Lois & Clark: A Superman Novel by author C. J. Cherryh, based on the television series, was released in 1996. The novel was published in a Science Fiction Book Club hardcover edition and a paperback edition by Prima Publishing.[18] The book is an example of superhero/romantic fantasy.

Other novels based on the series include:

  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Heat Wave[19]
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Exile [20]
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Deadly Games [21]

DC Comics published a comic book collected edition, Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman, in 1994, which featured a selection of modern era stories by John Byrne and other writers and artists. The collection includes an introduction by Byrne, with the show's star Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as Lois and Clark on the cover.

  • Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman – collects The Man of Steel #2, Superman Annual vol. 2 #1, Superman vol. 2 #9 and 11, Action Comics #600 and 655, Adventures of Superman #445, 462, and 466.

Broadcasts

United States

Network Season Time slot Premiered date Ended date
ABC
1 (1993–94) Sunday 8:00 pm September 12, 1993 May 8, 1994
2 (1994–95) Sunday 8:00 pm September 18, 1994 May 21, 1995
3 (1995–96) Sunday 8:00 pm September 17, 1995 May 12, 1996
4 (1996–97) Sunday 8:00 pm (Sept. 22 - Dec. 15)
Sunday 7:00 pm (Jan. 5 - Mar. 23)
Saturday 8:00 pm (Apr. 12 - Jun. 14)
September 22, 1996 June 14, 1997

United Kingdom

The series premiered on BBC One on Saturday, January 8, 1994, with repeat showings until 2002. In the UK the series was retitled The New Adventures of Superman. The BBC held the rights to premiere the first three seasons. It also aired on CBBC's Saturday Aardvark strand (later known as Planet Saturday) at 8:30 am. BBC Two has also repeated the series at tea times alongside The Simpsons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and many others. Sky One held the premiere rights to the fourth season in 1997 and broadcast the show under the original full title. The BBC broadcast the episodes a few weeks later. Sky One broadcast seasons one, two and three just before the premiere of season four in early 1997. UK Gold, Sky Living, and ITV2 have also repeated the series. BBC2 last repeated season one in late 2005. Satellite channel Syfy repeated the first two seasons and the first half of season three in 2012, before replacing it with another similar show, Smallville.

DVD releases

Warner Home Video has released all four seasons of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman on DVD in Regions 1, 2, and 4.

Complete Season Episodes Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 21 June 7, 2005[22] July 5, 2006[23] June 14, 2006[24]
2 22 January 17, 2006[25] July 5, 2006[26] June 14, 2006[27]
3 22 June 20, 2006[28] September 6, 2006[29] November 1, 2006[30]
4 22 November 14, 2006[31] December 6, 2006[32] November 1, 2006[33]

Soundtrack

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (Original Television Soundtrack)
Lois & Clark The New Adventures of Superman (soundtrack).jpg
Soundtrack album by Jay Gruska
Released November 4, 1997
Length 57:58
Label Sonic Images

All music composed by Jay Gruska.

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Main Title Theme" 1:06
2. "Mothership" 2:02
3. "Lois & Clark Courting" 3:13
4. "Final Proposal" 2:02
5. "Clark in the Country" 1:45
6. "Final Battle" 4:36
7. "Lois' Big Band" 1:14
8. "Clark's Salsa" 1:47
9. "Superman Says Goodbye" 4:25
10. "Lois & Clark's New Home" 2:53
11. "Baby Dreams" 3:12
12. "Villains" 7:27
13. "Superman Flies Home" 1:26
14. "Lois & Clark's First Love Theme" 1:36
15. "Virtual Reality" 2:37
16. "Tez Arrives" 1:06
17. "Zarah & Ching" 3:51
18. "Tempus" 2:46
19. "Clark Fun" 1:25
20. "Playing the Game" 1:19
21. "Main Title Theme (Extended Mix)" 5:38
Total length: 57:26
  • Mastered at Capitol Records, Hollywood
  • Digital editing, pre-mastering: Bruno Coon
  • Engineers:
    • Greg Townley (all orchestral recording)
    • Michael Eric Hutchinson
    • Bobby Fernandez ("Main Title Theme" — recording & mixing)
    • Ray Pyle ("Main Title Theme extended mix" — recording & mixing)
  • Art Direction: Doerte Lau
  • Design: Andreas Adamec

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
1994 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: Jay Gruska Nominated
1994 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series: Robert Butler (pilot episode) Nominated
1994 Saturn Award Best Genre Television Series Won
1994 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials: Robert Butler (pilot episode) Nominated
1994 Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series: Teri Hatcher Nominated
1995 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series (episode: "Wall Of Sound") Nominated
1995 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Series (episode: "That Old Gang Of Mine") Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series (episode: "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape") Nominated

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Filming Locations of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)". IMDB. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (September 11, 1993). "Lois & Clark Soars, and So Does Townsend". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J. (April 9, 1995). "TELEVISION VIEW; That Man In a Cape Is Still Flying". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ Cronin, Brian (May 11, 2006). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #50!". cbr.com. 
  6. ^ "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman". Entertainment Weekly. December 8, 1995. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  7. ^ "TV's 'Superman' Undergoing a Planetary Shift". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  8. ^ On the DVD commentary for the pilot of Lois & Clark, Dean Cain said that he and Landes looked as though they could be related.
  9. ^ "History of Lois and Clark – Part 1". Redboots.net. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  10. ^ Chris Ruppenthal(writers) & Jim Pohl (director) (Feb 11, 1996). "I Now Pronounce You...". Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Season 2. Episode 15. ABC. 
  11. ^ "Interview". Kryptonsite.com. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  12. ^ a b Allstetter, Rob (August 1997). "'Lois & Clark' Meets Kryptonite". Wizard (72). p. 119. 
  13. ^ "Lois & Clark Interviews: Executive Producer Brad Buckner - 2003". Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ Tucker, Ken (January 17, 2015). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ Meisler, Andy (October 16, 1994). "A Familiar Name, but I Can't Place the Face". The New York Times. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ "A Younger Jimmy Joins `Lois & Clark'". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ Mendoza, N.F. (March 26, 1995). "As ABC's second assigned Jimmy Olsen, Justin Whalin hits the newsroom running". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  18. ^ Cherryh, C. J (August 1996). Lois & Clark: A Superman Novel. Prima Lifestyles. ISBN 0761504826. 
  19. ^ Friedman, Michael Jan (April 1996). Heat Wave. HarperCollins. ISBN 0061010618. 
  20. ^ Friedman, Michael Jan (May 1996). Exile. HarperCollins. ISBN 0061010626. 
  21. ^ Friedman, Michael Jan (June 1996). Deadly Games. HarperCollins. ISBN 0061010634. 
  22. ^ Gord Lacey (March 14, 2005). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an announcement". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
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  27. ^ "Season 2 (Region 4)". JB Hi-Fi Online. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  28. ^ Gord Lacey (March 1, 2006). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – "Superday" concludes with Lois & Clark, Season 3". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
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  30. ^ "Season 3 (Region 4)". JB Hi-Fi Online. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  31. ^ Gord Lacey (August 16, 2006). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – A Super Wedding Happens This November – Season 4 Announced". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  32. ^ "Season 4 (Region 2)". Amazon.fr. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  33. ^ "Season 4 (Region 4)". JB Hi-Fi Online. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 

External links

  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman DVD Site
  • First Person Account from Season One Supervising Producer
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman on IMDb
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman at TV.com
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman on SupermanHomepage.com
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