Hot Teri Hatcher leaves other Lois Lanes behind

April 14, 1996|By Glenn Esterly | Glenn Esterly,ENTERTAINMENT NEWS SERVICE

Forget Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill as Lois Lane (from prime time's original "The Adventures of Superman" in the '50s). Forget the Lois in the Broadway play. Forget even the recent series of hit "Superman" movies with Margot Kidder as an updated Lois. What we have right here, sitting on a couch in her extra-large, star-size trailer is the ultimate Lois Lane, Teri Hatcher.

"Teri's Lois is much hotter than any before, and even hotter than last season," says Eugenie Ross-Leming, co-executive producer of ABC's "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."

"This year we've spiced up her clothes and given her a sleeker hairstyle. Teri looks terrific in clothes, so why be demure? It's not 'Baywatch,' not flesh for its own sake. Teri is clearly very smart and strong as well as sexy -- so why not utilize all of that to make Lois a great contemporary package?"

What's important to Ms. Hatcher, though, is that the producers have finally made Lois not only the equal of Dean Cain's Clark/Superman but the key to the series' appeal. "I think Lois probably does drive the show now," Ms. Hatcher says during her lunch break in what will be a 16-hour workday. "She drives the plots because it's usually her adventure that gets Lois and Clark into trouble or causes [Superman] to come and save the day.

"And also in terms of her love affair with Clark, Lois is the one whose emotions and struggles with intimacy drive that vital aspect of the show."

Started in 1993

Which is a long way from the series start in the fall of '93, when a more traditional approach typically just had Superman coming to the rescue of a victimized Lois week after week.

Mr. Cain didn't like that route either. "Teri and I are both having much more fun now that Lois knows Clark is Superman and there's a genuine adult relationship to play off of."

Ms. Hatcher, 30, fought for a proactive Lois from the start. "Eugenie joined the show this season and really captured the voice I wanted for Lois," Ms. Hatcher says.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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