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Early Edition

Title Screen
Genre Science fiction, Drama
Created by Ian Abrams
Developed by Bob Brush
Starring Kyle Chandler
Shanesia Davis-Williams
Fisher Stevens
Kristy Swanson
Billie Worley
Myles Jeffrey
Panther the Cat
Narrated by Kyle Chandler
Fisher Stevens
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 90
Production
Executive producer(s) Bob Brush
Running time 42 minutes (approx.)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 28, 1996May 27, 2000
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Early Edition is a television series on CBS that ran from September 28, 1996 to May 27, 2000. It followed the adventures of a man who attempts to prevent terrible events each day, which he learns about by receiving each day's newspaper a day early. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kyle Chandler in the titles for Early Edition Kyle Chandler (born September 17, 1965, in Buffalo, New York) is an Emmy nominated American television actor. ... Shanésia Davis-Williams (born 30 September, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan) is an actress. ... Fisher Stevens, born Steven Fisher, (November 27, 1963) in Chicago, Illinois is an American actor, living in New York City. ... Renee Kristen Kristy Swanson (born Kristen Noel Swanson on December 19, 1969 in Mission Viejo, California, USA) is an American actress. ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed This page has been vandalized so many times you cant tell where the real begins and the troll ends. ... Panther was born in 1987. ... Kyle Chandler in the titles for Early Edition Kyle Chandler (born September 17, 1965, in Buffalo, New York) is an Emmy nominated American television actor. ... Fisher Stevens, born Steven Fisher, (November 27, 1963) in Chicago, Illinois is an American actor, living in New York City. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...

Contents

Synopsis

The show dealt with the life of Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler), a Chicago man (initially a stock broker, later the owner of McGinty's bar) who mysteriously received newspapers (specifically, the Chicago Sun-Times) a day ahead of time, effectively giving him knowledge of the potential future. His newspaper apparently gets delivered by an orange tabby cat, no matter where he goes every morning, except on some special occasions. He would then try to prevent tragedies described in "tomorrow's" Sun-Times from occurring, whereby story text and headlines in the newspaper change to reflect the outcome of his actions. Kyle Chandler in the titles for Early Edition Kyle Chandler (born September 17, 1965, in Buffalo, New York) is an Emmy nominated American television actor. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... A Stock broker sells or buys stock on behalf of a customer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ...


Within the course of the series, Gary discovers that a few people share his gift of receiving the newspaper "early". The only people, besides Gary, who know about his gift are his parents; his friends Chuck Fishman (a former fellow stock broker) and Marissa Clark (the blind former receptionist at the brokerage); and, Erica and Henry Paget, a single mother and her son (Gary gives Erica a job at McGinty's) though he certainly tried to tell a few people such as his attorney and various police officers (Episode 407/408 - Fatal Edition). On some occasions, he is given the ability to wake up in another time (such as in the early 1900s) to change the past. People who encounter Gary often strongly suspect (or know) that he has a secret, but do not know what specifically it is.


During the course of the series, it is never clearly stated where the paper comes from. In one episode, Gary meets the group of people apparently responsible for giving him (as well as others) the Paper. Nothing much is revealed about them except that they have some sort of supernatural abilities, such as being able to mysteriously appear at any location.


In season four, episode 420 - "Time" (series finale that aired a few episodes early) it is briefly explained why Gary started receiving the paper. Apparently, he was given the responsibility by Lucius Snow (the man who received the Chicago Sun Times before Gary), after Snow saved Gary's life when Gary was a child. The responsibility is represented by an object imprinted with the name of the person receiving the paper. The name mysteriously changes every time the current person decides on a new person to receive the responsibility. At the end of the same episode, Gary passes on the object to a young girl named Lindsey Romick who had just lost her grandfather; though it's not shown if she ever begins receiving the paper.


Themes

The show began with Gary being divorced by his wife, and stuck in a rut in his job. Once he begins to receive the "early edition" of the Chicago Sun-Times, he slowly gains a sense of purpose as a sort of superhero by seeking to prevent as many disasters as possible each day. The drawback to his situation was that, in his nearly-obsessional devotion to saving people, he rarely had time for his own personal life. Gary's fortuitous assumption of ownership of McGinty's Bar/Grill in downtown Chicago gave him a stable platform from which to carry out his newfound purpose. The other issue he would occasionally grapple with was whether to use the information contained in the paper (such as lottery numbers, or sports scores) to profit from the paper. The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ...


The show rarely dealt with a common theme of time-travel dramas--the theory that changing the past (or the present in this case) produced potentially adverse consequences in the future. More often, the show would subtly display the butterfly effect. Point attractors in 2D phase space. ...


Supporting characters

The cast of Early Edition: "Gary Hobson" (Kyle Chandler), "Marissa Clark" (Shanesia Davis-Williams), and "Chuck Fishman" (Fisher Stevens).
The cast of Early Edition: "Gary Hobson" (Kyle Chandler), "Marissa Clark" (Shanesia Davis-Williams), and "Chuck Fishman" (Fisher Stevens).

The show's two key co-stars were Fisher Stevens as Chuck Fishman and Shanesia Davis-Williams as Marissa Clark. Image File history File links Early_Edition. ... Image File history File links Early_Edition. ... Fisher Stevens, born Steven Fisher, (November 27, 1963) in Chicago, Illinois is an American actor, living in New York City. ... Shanésia Davis-Williams (born 30 September, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan) is an actress. ...


Chuck was an 'anti-type' to Gary, being a somewhat cynical, wisecracking realist in contrast to Gary's growing idealism. In early episodes, Chuck seeks to parlay the advance knowledge provided by the newspaper into windfall profits (e.g., sports betting and stock-market 'insider trading'). Over time, however, he begins to take a role in helping and backing up Gary as a problem-solver.


Davis-Williams may have performed an overlooked artistic service, in portraying a blind person able to cause one to totally overlook her blindness. Marissa often was the voice of reasonable conscience, balancing Gary's earnest idealism against Chuck's skeptical realism.


Stevens' departure from the show after two seasons, however, fundamentally changed the dynamic of the show. The device of his voice-over narration was done away with, the theme music was changed, and there began a revolving door of foils for Gary, including Billie Worley and Kristy Swanson. The latter had a romantic subplot with Gary. Fisher Stevens made several guest appearances on the show after leaving, and several of the characters stayed (such as a hard-boiled detective named Crumb, and Gary's bartender). Renee Kristen Kristy Swanson (born Kristen Noel Swanson on December 19, 1969 in Mission Viejo, California, USA) is an American actress. ...


Cancellation and legacy

After May 27, 2000 (the end of its fourth season), CBS decided to end the series' run. The series has been syndicated, most recently to i: Independent Television. As of January 2007, Early Edition has not been aired on Independent Television. In Estonia, Early Edition is being aired on TV 3, with the new title transliterated to "Tomorrow's News". . The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions. ...


Fans of the show have stayed devoted to it in true "cult TV" fashion, sometimes referring to themselves as "EELs" (Early Edition Lovers). "EELFests" have been held for fans to gather in and around the Chicago locations of the show.


Trivia

  • The main title theme and most of the incidental music was performed by W.G. Snuffy Walden. During the fourth season, W.G. Snuffy Walden's main title theme was replaced with "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers, though Walden continued to get credit.
  • The idea of getting a newspaper from the future and then changing the present to prevent the events described from happening, with the newspaper reflecting the changes, previously appeared in:
  • The location used for exterior shots of McGinty's is an actual old firehouse in Chicago. As is stated and seen on the show, the building is at 228 W. Illinois St., near the corner of Illinois and Franklin, adjacent to a line of the Chicago 'L'. The building was empty as of September 2004.
  • The lead character was, presumably, named as a tip of the hat to Hobson's choice. Also, the second episode, named "The Choice," forced Gary to choose between stopping an airplane full of people from crashing, or saving one girl on a bicycle from a traffic accident.
  • The show's season three episode, "Play It Again Sammo" featured the character Sammo Law from the CBS television series Martial Law, establishing that the two shows are set in the same fictional universe, along with another CBS television series Walker, Texas Ranger which had crossover appearances with Martial Law.
  • In two episodes, the second season "Hot Time In The Old Town," and the fourth season "Everybody Goes To Rick's," Gary Hobson "quantum leaps" through time to "put right what once went wrong" similar to the character Dr. Samuel Beckett in the television series Quantum Leap.

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Cast

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Kyle Chandler in the titles for Early Edition Kyle Chandler (born September 17, 1965, in Buffalo, New York) is an Emmy nominated American television actor. ... Shanésia Davis-Williams (born 30 September, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan) is an actress. ... Fisher Stevens, born Steven Fisher, (November 27, 1963) in Chicago, Illinois is an American actor, living in New York City. ... Panther was born in 1987. ... Renee Kristen Kristy Swanson (born Kristen Noel Swanson on December 19, 1969 in Mission Viejo, California, USA) is an American actress. ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed This page has been vandalized so many times you cant tell where the real begins and the troll ends. ...

Recurring

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tessie Jean Washam (born August 15, 1950), better known as Tess Harper, is an American actress. ...

Episode list

Season One

  • Pilot (9/28/1996)
  • The Choice (10/5/1996)
  • Baby (10/12/1996)
  • The Paper (10/19/1996)
  • Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog (10/26/1996)
  • Hoops (11/2/1996)
  • After Midnight (11/9/1996)
  • Gun (11/16/1996)
  • His Girl Thursday (11/23/1996)
  • The Wrong Man (12/7/1996)
  • Christmas (12/21/1996)
  • Frostbit (1/11/1997)
  • Mob Wife (1/25/1997)
  • The Wall - Part 1 (2/1/1997)
  • The Wall - Part 2 (2/8/1997)
  • Bat Masterson (2/22/1997)
  • The Jury (3/8/1997)
  • Psychic (4/12/1997)
  • The Cat (4/13/1997)
  • Phantom Of The Opera (4/19/1997)
  • Faith (4/26/1997)
  • Dad (5/3/1997)
  • Love Is Blind (5/17/1997)

Season Two

  • Home (9/27/1997)
  • The Medal (10/4/1997)
  • The Wedding (10/11/1997)
  • Jenny Sloan (10/18/1997)
  • Downsized (10/25/1997)
  • Angels And Devils (11/1/1997)
  • Redfellas (11/8/1997)
  • March In Time (11/15/1997)
  • A Regular Joe (11/22/1997)
  • A Bris Is Just A Bris (12/20/1997)
  • A Minor Miracle (1/10/1998)
  • Romancing The Throne (1/17/1998)
  • Walk, Don't Run (1/24/1998)
  • The Return Of Crumb (1/31/1998)
  • Mum's The Word (4/4/1998)
  • Where Or When (4/11/1998)
  • The Fourth Carpathian (4/18/1998)
  • The Quality Of Mercy (4/25/1998)
  • Show Me The Monet (5/2/1998)
  • Don't Walk Away, Renee (5/9/1998)
  • Hot Time In The Old Town (5/16/1998)
  • Second Sight (5/23/1998)

Season Three

  • Blackout (9/26/1998)
  • Collision (10/3/1998)
  • A Horse Is A Horse (10/10/1998)
  • Lt. Hobson, USN (10/17/1998)
  • Saint Nick (10/24/1998)
  • Halloween (10/31/1998)
  • Up Chuck (11/7/1998)
  • Deadline (11/14/1998)
  • In Gary We Trust (11/21/1998)
  • Nest Egg (12/5/1998)
  • Teen Angels (12/19/1998)
  • Slippity-Doo-Dah (1/9/1999)
  • The Last Untouchable (1/16/1999)
  • Just One Of Those Things (2/6/1999)
  • Funny Valentine (2/13/1999)
  • Number One With A Bullet (2/20/1999)
  • Two To Tangle (2/27/1999)
  • Fate (3/20/1999)
  • Crumb Again (4/3/1999)
  • Pinch Hitters (4/17/1999)
  • Up Chuck (4/24/1999)
  • Home Groan (5/1/1999)
  • Play It Again Sammo (5/8/1999)
  • Blowing Up Is Hard To Do (5/15/1999)

Season Four

  • The Out-Of-Towner (9/25/1999)
  • Duck Day Afternoon (10/2/1999)
  • Take Me Out To The Ball Game (10/9/1999)
  • The Iceman Taketh (10/16/1999)
  • Camera Shy (10/23/1999)
  • Wild Card (10/30/1999)
  • Fatal Edition - Part 1 (11/6/1999)
  • Fatal Edition - Part 2 (11/13/1999)
  • Weathergirl (11/20/1999)
  • Run, Gary, Run (12/18/1999)
  • Rose (2/19/2000)
  • Snow Angels (2/26/2000)
  • Gifted (3/4/2000)
  • Performance Anxiety (3/11/2000)
  • False Witness (3/25/2000)
  • The Play's The Thing (4/8/2000)
  • Blind Faith (4/22/2000)
  • Occasionally Amber (4/29/2000)
  • Mel Schwartz, Bounty Hunter (5/6/2000)
  • Time (5/13/2000)
  • Everybody Goes To Rick's (5/20/2000)
  • Luck O' The Irish (5/27/2000)

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Early Edition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (927 words)
Early Edition was a television series on CBS that ran from September 28, 1996 to May 27, 2000.
Once he begins to receive the 'early edition' of the Sun-Times at the hotel he resides at after being thrown out by his wife, he slowly gains a sense of purpose as a sort of 'superhero' by way of seeking to prevent as many disasters as possible each day.
The cast of Early Edition: "Gary Hobson" (Kyle Chandler), "Marissa Clark" (Shanesia Davis-Williams), and "Chuck Fishman" (Fisher Stevens).
Andy's Anachronisms -- Early Edition (941 words)
Early Edition is unique in that it's the newspaper that travels in time and not Gary.
During the first two seasons of Early Edition, Chuck Fishman (Fisher Stevens) co-worker and former college roommate of Gary's was a regular character and acted as a foil to tempt Gary into using the paper for less than pure purposes.
Early Edition is currently in syndication on the FOX Family Channel.
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