Lane Smith died Monday, June 13, at his home in Los Angeles. The 69-year-old actor lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's disease, and left behind his wife, siblings, son, and stepson.
Smith was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and discovered his talent for acting while enrolled in a Michigan prep school. He served in the army in his early 20s, then resumed pursuit of his chosen career by attending the Actor's Studio school of drama in New York City. His first television role was in the 1980 miniseries Gideon's Trumpet.
Smith was known for his portrayal of Daily Planet editor Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as well as for his turn as Richard Nixon in the TV movie The Final Days. However, Smith ...Read more
It's taken many years to get the new movie made, but luckily we've had plenty of Superman on TV to keep us happy. Whether it's been the immensely popular Smallville, the pre-Desperate Housewives Lois & Clark, or the thoroughly modern Justice League Unlimited, the adventures of Superman have been unfolding on television and have shown sides to the character that only TV could.
We've divided our feature into four sections: actors and actresses in the movie Superman Returns, with links to their TV credits; live-action Superman programs; the animated Superman programs; and clips from the newly released Superman DVDs.
It's exciting that Bryan Singer and the studio went with a relatively unknown actor to play Superman. We have no preconceived notions of how Brandon will portray the character, like we would if, say, George Clooney or Nicolas ...
It's the second season of this classic American TV series. Thrill to the exploits of George Reeves as mild-mannered news reporter Clark Kent, who is secretly the justice-bringing alien from the planet Krypton, Superman! When danger rears its ugly head, Superman flies in, wearing red-and-blue tights, to save the day! Sure, the special effects are cheesy, but this series proves that great storytelling is timeless.
This five-disc set includes all 26 episodes from the second season, which originally aired in 1953. Included are the slam-bang season opener "Five Minutes to Doom," in which Supes must prove an accused man innocent of a horrible crime, and "Superman Defeated," wherein a vile supervillain discovers that Kryptonite harms our buddy of steel! Also in season two is one of the most memorable of ...Read more
Chris Sayour, stunt coordinator for Smallville and primary stunt double for the series' star Tom Welling, was airlifted to a New Westminster, British Columbia, hospital after suffering serious injuries on the set of the WB drama.
Production of Smallville was temporarily halted after Sayour fell 37 feet from a tower on which he was performing a stunt early Tuesday morning. Sources call Sayour's fall a "freak accident," and no foul play is suspected. Sayour's family stated that he had suffered "multiple fractures and internal injuries" and asked that the media respect their privacy while he undergoes treatment.
Police turned over the case to British Columbia's Workmen's Compensation Board, which investigates workplace accidents in Canada. The organization has not yet released comments regarding the incident.
Sayour has been the stunt coordinator for Smallville since its 2001 debut ...Read more
Sopranos fans have quite a bit of waiting to do before the show's sixth season hits the air. Fortunately, the wait will be made much easier by today's box set release of The Sopranos - the Complete Fifth Season.
According to series creator David Chase, the theme of The Sopranos' fifth season was "the limitations of family and friendship." We see the crumbling of Tony's family and business relationships, and we sense a growing intensity in all affairs. The cast members succeed in bringing new depths to their characters, acknowledged by Emmy awards for Michael Imperioli, Drea de Matteo, and The Sopranos itself. The release of several "family" members from prison brings new faces to the show, including Steve Buscemi in the role of Tony Blundetto, a troublesome ...Read more
America Online and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution are launching a broadband network that will give a new lease on life to a slew of vintage TV series.
Dubbed "In2TV," the network will serve up Welcome Back Kotter, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pinky and the Brain, and Growing Pains among a host of other Warner-owned shows that viewers can watch in their entirety, for free and on-demand, beginning in January.
Each show is presented with interactive elements, games, competitions and additional content to take advantage of the medium's unique capabilities.
About 14,000 episodes from 300 different series have been cleared to be part of the service, a process that has taken two years, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution president Eric Frankel said. This represents about a third of the relevant catalog, and more ...Read more
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a phenomenal television success. A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel's early adult years in Metropolis. With the unknowing help of Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), Clark Kent (Dean Cain) created Superman there in Metropolis after finding work at the world-famous Daily Planet newspaper, where he meets fellow reporter Lois Lane. After Superman's debut, Lois becomes infatuated with Superman and continues to reject Clark's romantic overtures due to past bad experiences with men. The rest of the first season Daily Planet staff includes Perry White, the chief editor, society columnist Catherine Grant (Tracy Scoggins), and cub reporter/photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes/Justin Whalin). Other major characters in the series include archvillain Lex Luthor (John Shea) and Superman's adoptive parents, Martha (K Callan) and Jonathan Kent (Eddie Jones). In a salute to the original Superman series, Phyllis Coates guest starred as Lois's mother, Ellen Lane in the last episode of the season. Coates had, of course, been the original Lois in the first Superman series. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman began to play up the romantic aspects of the series as the season progressed. By the end of the second season Lois had finally realised that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person so it came as no surprise to her when he finally revealed his true identity and proposed marriage. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went where few shows care to go - it allowed the relationship between the two title characters to grow and develop naturally, as it might in real life. The real ratings problems began in the third season, when the network insisted on a fake wedding. Nicknamed the "ARRGGGHH" by the fans, the non-wedding arc included a clone, a kidnapping, and even amnesia. It would have been bearable if the famous couple had ended up together, but the network, afraid of the Remington Steel curse, refused to allow it, which set up some interesting season rewrites, because the original intent was to allow the marriage to occur. Lois & Clark ended in 1997 with a cliffhanger, canceled by a network that did its best to bury the successful series in order to bring back The Wonderful World Of Disney. By the end of the last season, Lois and Clark had come a long way from the prickly, anything for a story, but marshmallow-hearted woman and the naive farm boy from Kansas. The Ice Queen had softened, the farm boy had grown up. Both had fallen in love, married, and were discussing children. The last episode was unsatisfying due to its lack of a conclusion, but the series is still popular today. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman left a lasting mark on the face of a mythos where Clark Kent was real, Superman was the disguise, and Lois Lane was essential to his make-up. It left wonderful recurring villains, such as Tempus, and a timeless love story that makes one believe in true love.moreless