- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Super’ two deja vu

It’s a “Smallville” world after all.

Just ask Margot Kidder.

The erstwhile Lois Lane from the four “Superman” features from the late 1970s through late 1980s makes her “Smallville” debut at 8 tonight on the WB.

Miss Kidder will play Bridgette Crosby, an emissary to Dr. Swann — a recurring character played by former Man of Steel Christopher Reeve.

The “Super”-casting began early in “Smallville,” when the producers cast Annette O’Toole as Martha, Clark Kent’s mother. Miss O’Toole portrayed Lana Lange in 1983’s “Superman III.”

Kristin Kreuk plays Lana in “Smallville” to Tom Welling’s Clark Kent as the show’s star-crossed loves.

And let’s not forget actress Erica Durance, who joins the series tonight as Lois Lane. The young reporter comes to Smallville to investigate the murder of her cousin Chloe (Allison Mack).

ABC gets ‘Lost’

ABC’s hit action-drama “Alias” may be on hiatus until January, but that doesn’t mean show creator J.J. Abrams is taking a break. He’s the driving force behind “Lost,” a new drama that takes inspiration from “Survivor,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “Jurassic Park.”

Combine that with elements that made “Alias” a success — characters with hidden pasts, constant plot surprises and the always-reliable flashback scenes — and Mr. Abrams is looking at a second hit show.

If the show’s trailers haven’t given away the whole plot, “Lost” centers on a horrific commercial airliner crash in the Pacific Ocean that leaves 14 survivors stranded on a deserted island — or so they think.

After the pilot is eaten alive, the group soon discovers that it isn’t alone. A creature of some kind is lurking in the mountains. (A warning to viewers: the pilot being consumed is not for the squeamish.)

“Lost,” debuting tonight at 8 on ABC, stars Matthew Fox (“Party of Five”) along with Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan (“Lord of the Rings”).Though it’s far from perfect, the show boasts more than enough twists and turns to keep most viewers either watching or putting it on the TiVo playlist.

‘Model’ behavior

UPN begins its third wave of wannabe catwalk queens in search of fame and fortune — along with the ability to subsist on iceberg lettuce and compliments — with tonight’s season premiere of “America’s Next Top Model.”

The show, airing at 8 p.m., lets 14 beautiful young women vie for a modeling contract. Supermodel Tyra Banks puts them through their paces with fitness challenges and Catwalk 101, while also refereeing the in-fighting in the home they’ll share throughout the series’ run.

Compiled by Christian Toto and Thomas Walter from staff and wire reports.

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