Teri Hatcher is finally coming to Smallville as the mother of Lois Lane. Since Lois' mother is dead in Smallville continuity, she will be appearing via old Lane home movies, according to my sources, in the 8th episode of the season. This technique gets around the fact that Teri is really only about fourteen years older than current Lois Erica Durance and still a bit young to be the mother of a 30-something. I find it quite exciting - among my many disreputable comic fan credentials is that I was a fan of Lois and Clark. Teri was actually the first incarnation of Lois that made me understand why Clark was so hung up on her. I don't mean just that she was attractive, but her Lois had a lovable personality beneath her brash demeanor. Erica Durance has played the part a bit differently, in that while Teri's Lois was using her tough exterior to conceal a certain softness, Durance is tougher through and through, though certainly likable.
In other Smallville related news, Chloe Sullivan is set to make her comic debut this week, after many teases and false hopes, in the Jimmy Olsen backup in Action Comics. It's about time she was incorporated into the Superman comic world. It may seem like the tail wagging the dog, but Jimmy himself first appeared in the Superman radio show in the early forties before being adapted into the comics. There are more modern cases of extra-comic characters being incorporated into the comics, Harley Quinn coming to mind first. Not clear is if she will actually be Lois' cousin as in the show.