NEW INTERVIEW! Conducted
August 2003 by Craig Byrne (PlanetKrypton@aol.com)
Buckner came onto Lois & Clark as a writer and executive
producer with the series' third season, alongside creative partner
Eugenie Ross-Leming. Buckner was kind enough to answer some
questions today in a "where are they now" type feature.
Special thanks to Brad Buckner for taking the time from his
What have you been up to since writing and producing Lois
BUCKNER: Eugenie [Ross-Leming] and I co-executive produced
"Turks" on CBS, "Beggars & Choosers"
on Showtime and are currently working on "Hack" on
CBS. We wrote several pilots and a couple TV movies in between
Do you still catch the L&C repeats on TBS? Do they
inspire any memories?
Rarely see episodes because I'm not often home when they're
on. I do reflect on that time, as it was interesting being part
of a legacy that had begun before I was born, and doing the
series itself was so challenging.
Was there a particular episode that really stood out for
you to work on?
think a favorite of both Eugenie and mine was the last episode
of season 3, "Big Girls Don't Fly." It had a nice
mix of angst, romance, action, family involvement, fantasy and
a dash of humor. When the rough cut was shown at ABC every executive
up through the president of ABC called to say they cried when
they saw it.
Do you think getting the two lead characters married ultimately
killed the show?
I know there's disagreement out there, but I think marrying
them didn't help a lot. These were people who hadn't even really
dated before the end of season two and it seems there was a
lot to explore just letting them get to know each other and
having Lois deal with knowing the secret.
Is there anything you would have done differently, if you had
the chance to do it all over again?
As in the answer above, I probably would have delayed the proposal.
Again, I know there's huge disagreement out there, but I personally
liked the stuff with the clone and the fake wedding. I thought
it was great stuff for Dean and Teri to play, I liked the clone,
thought Lex had great stuff to do. It was gothic and odd. Maybe
I could've done without the amnesia and Lois's infatuation with
How was the cliffhanger (from "The Family Hour") supposed
to be resolved in Season Five?
It's starting to get a bit fuzzy in my mind, but Lois and Clark
became very attached to the little boy who began to grow at
an abnormal rate, turning into a pre-teen in a matter of a few
months. He also began to develop super powers, not all of which
he used responsibly, since he was a troubled kid. Turns out
he was Kryptonian royalty, stashed by his mother to keep him
safe from assassins. In the end he had to (tearfully) leave
the only parents he'd ever known (L & C) and return to save
his imperiled people.
Was there anything else planned for Season Five that you still
Just the above. And of course Lois's suicide. Kidding.
Have you seen Smallville? If so, what did you think?
like Smallville. Certainly their take on things is more
in the vein of the teen angst the WB specializes in (a la Dawson's
Creek), but it's interesting and (from what little I've
seen) Lex and Lana Lang are handled in a nice way. Our approach
was more grand-opera-big-romance. Just a different way to go.
Do you still keep in touch with any of your Lois & Clark
I see K, John McNamara, Bob Singer, and of course Eugenie, keep
in touch with Tim Minear. Teri's been in New York for a while;
haven't seen Dean. I've worked over and over with much of the
post staff (some of whom are on "Hack.")
Interview conducted via e-mail in August 2003 by
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