Following four successful years on TV (well three and a rocky fourth year) the plan was to give Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman a fifth (and final) season.
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
The fifth season would have picked up from the season four cliff-hanger which saw Lois & Clark find a baby left with them for safe keeping. This baby would have turned out to be a Kryptonian child from royal descent that the ace reporters would have had to protect from assassins. It would have also meant that the series could have had a proper send off instead of a weak final episode and no doubt top villains Lex Luthor and Tempus would have made yet more appearances.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
Despite the belief there would be a fifth season ABC pulled the plug on the show due to falling ratings and so the show ended with a whimper instead of a bang.After following the adventures of Lois Lane and Clark Kent for four years fans were a bit cheesed off.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Yes.Yes it was.The fourth season of the show had dropped in quality (especially the GOD DAMN AWFUL wedding episode) but it did still shine during some of the better episodes and should have been given the chance to bow out in style.The cancelation of the series meant that there was no explanation to who the child was and was a crappy way to end a much loved show.
BUT WHAT IF?
If Lois & Clark had ran for one more series then the Kryptonians seen in season 3 & 4 would have almost definitely returned, and as they were a highlight of both seasons this would have given the fifth series an edge.It also would have meant that Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher would have been given another year’s regular work, which would have saved Hatcher from slumming it as a Bond girl before Desperate Housewives came a calling and would have saved Cain from another year of obscurity.Ultimately it would have also meant that children, happy people and lovers of fluffy Superman shows would have not felt so depressed seeing their hero taken away from them the same year they were forced to see the Caped Crusader die on his arse in Batman & Robin.