Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Adventures of Lois and Clark, The

(vt Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) US tv series (1993-current). Warner Bros./ABC. Pr Mel Efros, John MacNamara, Jim Michaels, Thania St John, Phillip J Sgriccia. Exec Pr Robert Butler, James A Contner, David Jacobs, Deborah Joy LeVine, Robert Singer. Dir Felix Enriquez Alcala and many others. Writers Hilary Bader and many others. Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel (1914-1996) and Joe Shuster (1914-1992). Developed by LeVine. Starring Dean Cain (Clark Kent/Superman), K Callan (Martha Kent), Teri Hatcher (Lois Lane), Eddie Jones (Jonathan Kent), Michael Landes (Jimmy Olsen 1993-1994), Tracy Scoggins (Cat Grant 1993-1994), John Shea (Lex Luthor), Lane Smith (Perry White), Justin Whalin (Jimmy Olsen 1994 onwards). 1 2hr and 42 1hr episodes to end of 1994-1995 season. Colour.

Several decades after The Adventures of Superman (1951-1957) and several years after Superboy (1988-1992), Superman returned with, this time, the focus on the complex love triangle between Lois, Clark and Superman. Though not quite as hare-brained as in earlier tv incarnations, Lois still finds ample opportunity to place herself in jeopardy in pursuit of a story. Overall, the approach worked reasonably well in the first season. Sensitive to criticism that the series was long on talk but short on action, the producers changed direction slightly for the next year, introducing more action elements. Lex Luthor, pivotal in the first series, was killed fleeing arrest, and Superman had to battle more villains who relied on muscles rather than brains. At the end of the second season Clark decided to reveal his secret to Lois and propose marriage, but the outcome has yet (March 1996) to be resolved. [BC]

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