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Early Edition
Early Edition
is an American television drama series that aired on CBS broadcast network from September 28, 1996 to May 27, 2000. Set in the city of Chicago, Illinois, it follows the adventures of a man who mysteriously receives each Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
newspaper the day before it is actually published, and who uses this knowledge to prevent terrible events every day. Created by Ian Abrams, Patrick Q. Page, and Vik Rubenfeld, the series starred actor Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler
as Gary Hobson, and featured many real Chicago locations over the course of the series' run. Despite fan efforts to save the show, it was cancelled in May 2000, and it began airing in syndication on Fox Family Channel that same month. Fan conventions about the show were held for multiple years, and CBS
Home Entertainment later released the first and second seasons on the DVD format in the United States in 2008 and 2009.


1 Plot summary 2 Production

2.1 Conception 2.2 Filming locations 2.3 Music

3 Cast and characters

3.1 Main 3.2 Recurring 3.3 Supporting characters 3.4 Guest stars

4 Broadcast history

4.1 Ratings 4.2 Cancellation 4.3 U.S. syndication 4.4 International syndication

5 DVD releases 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Plot summary[edit] The show chronicles the life of Gary Hobson, a resident of Chicago, Illinois who mysteriously receives the Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
newspaper a day in advance, effectively giving him knowledge of the potential future. His newspaper is delivered by a mysteriously unknown entity at least once each day, and is accompanied by a ginger tabby cat, with the first copy arriving every morning at 6:30am, no matter what his physical location is. Armed with knowledge of the future, he then tries to prevent tragedies described in "tomorrow's" Sun-Times from occurring, thus changing the story text and headlines in the newspaper to reflect the outcome of his actions. Often, Gary doesn't wish to be saddled with the responsibility of performing these deeds. The paper effectively presents him with many Sophie's choices: where he must choose between helping different people in need of assistance.

The leading cast: Kyle Chandler, Shanésia Davis-Williams and Fisher Stevens

The first season begins by showing Hobson coming home from his job as a stockbroker, only to be thrown out of the house (and later divorced) for no apparent reason by his wife Marcia. Upon taking up residence in the Blackstone Hotel, Hobson begins receiving a copy of the Chicago Sun-Times, accompanied by "The Cat", every morning. Slowly, Hobson realizes the paper's contents reflect events that are to happen during that day, and confers with his co-workers and friends Chuck Fishman and Marissa Clark. After deciding to use his knowledge of the future only for "good" (the show has a strong motif of equating money with evil, so this means rejecting using his knowledge for money, even though this sharply limits his ability to help others), Hobson is soon consumed by trying to prevent tragedies and help people, leading him to quit his job. During the season, Chuck consistently tries to use "The Paper" to make money (and is consistently shown to be of poor character, which is held to not be a coincidence), while Gary develops a precarious relationship with police Detective Marion Zeke Crumb. By the season's end, Gary has begun to uncover some of the mystery surrounding the paper, including confirmation that a man named Lucius Snow received the paper from the cat before him. Season two continues Hobson's adventures with the paper and his friends. Detective Crumb sometimes joins Gary, Chuck, and Marissa after retiring from the police force. Gary is working part-time at McGinty's as a bartender. Despite being closer to the paper, Crumb does not want to know how Gary gets his so-called "hunches", and never learns of the paper. At the end of season two, Chuck (Fisher Stevens) leaves the show as a regular character, leading to some major changes in season three. Within the course of the series, Gary discovers that a few other people share his gift of receiving a 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); several times he begins to tell a few people, such as his attorney, and various police officers (Episode 407/408, "Fatal Edition"), but ultimately changes his mind. On some occasions, he is given the ability to wake up in another time (such as in the early 20th century) to change the past. People who encounter Gary often strongly suspect (or know) that he has a secret, but do not know what it is, e.g. Crumb. 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 20, "Time" (the 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
Chicago Sun-Times
before Gary), after Snow saved Gary's life when Gary was a child. The responsibility is represented by a pocket knife imprinted with the initials of the person next to receive the paper (Lucius gave Gary the red Swiss Army knife). The initials mysteriously change 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 same pocket knife to a young girl named Lindsey Romick who had just lost her grandfather, and it is implied that Lindsey will begin receiving the paper when Gary is no longer able to carry on the responsibilities. Production[edit] Conception[edit] The origin of Early Edition
Early Edition
stems from a collaborative idea between writers Vik Rubenfeld and Pat Page.[1] After meeting each other while playing volleyball in Manhattan Beach, California, the pair began discussing ideas for feature films.[1] While talking on the phone one day, they each contributed key parts for the idea of Early Edition. Rubenfeld believed the idea was more suited to television than a feature film, noting that, "it was a really unique way to put a character in physical jeopardy each week."[1] The duo proceeded to write a document that described the show's characters and setting, and treatments for the first twelve episodes (a document known as a show's "bible" in the TV industry).[1] In the process they also created a detailed treatment for the pilot episode, which entitled them to "Story By" credit when the Pilot later aired. Despite their idea, Rubenfeld and Page still faced the daunting task of finding a way to get the show on network television with limited television production and writing experience between them. Rubenfeld decided to pitch the show to Ian Abrams, whom he knew through a group called the Professional Authors Group Enterprise (or PAGE).[1] Over lunch at RJ's restaurant in Los Angeles, Rubenfeld and Page pitched the idea of "a guy who gets tomorrow's newspaper today."[1][2] With Abrams's help, they decided to try to convince Tristar to pick up the show, and went about adding a few ground rules for the story, such as having the paper always accompanied by a mysterious cat.[2] In an effort to rouse Tristar's interest in the show during their pitch meeting scheduled for August 24, 1995, Abrams had a mock newspaper created with the headline "Let's just let it end. O.J. Simpson confesses he is guilty of homicide."[2] The catch to the mock newspaper was that it was dated the next day, August 25, 1995. After presenting the fake newspaper during the pitch meeting, a very lively conversation ensued, until someone realized the paper was dated the following day. Early Edition
Early Edition
was green-lit not long after. Since its debut, the plot of Early Edition
Early Edition
has been compared to other intellectual properties with similar themes. In particular, the 1944 feature film It Happened Tomorrow
It Happened Tomorrow
centered upon a newspaper reporter who received a newspaper a day in advance.[3] However, Early Edition 's creators claim that Early Edition
Early Edition
is in no way based on this film.[4] Ironically, in Poland the show was titled, "It Happened Tomorrow." Filming locations[edit] The series was filmed entirely in Chicago, with interior sets filmed on the Early Edition
Early Edition
Sound Stage at Studio City in Cicero, Illinois.[5] Many famous Chicago locations are seen throughout the series, such as Navy Pier
Navy Pier
in the season three episode "Play it Again, Sammo." The building used for exterior shots of McGinty's bar, a location of central importance to the series, was formerly used by the Chicago Fire Department, and is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Franklin Street and West Illinois Street in downtown Chicago.[6][7] Additionally, Hobson lived in the Blackstone Hotel during the show's first season.[8] Music[edit] In the opening credits of each episode, the credit for composing Early Edition's title theme music is given to W.G. Snuffy Walden, who later wrote the theme song to another hit TV show starring Kyle Chandler called Friday Night Lights.[9] During Early Edition's original broadcast run in the United States, an edited version of the song "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers
The Chambers Brothers
was used during a revamped opening title sequence from episode 403 until the series' conclusion.[10] Cast and characters[edit] Main article: List of Early Edition
Early Edition
characters Main[edit]

Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler
as Gary Hobson Shanésia Davis-Williams as Marissa Clark Fisher Stevens
Fisher Stevens
as Chuck Fishman (seasons 1–2, 3–4 guest star) Panther, Pella, and Carl as The Cat[11] Kristy Swanson
Kristy Swanson
as Erica Paget (season 3) Myles Jeffrey as Henry Paget (season 3) Billie Worley as Patrick Quinn (seasons 3–4)


Ron Dean as Detective Marion Zeke Crumb William Devane
William Devane
as Bernie Hobson Tess Harper as Lois Hobson Constance Marie
Constance Marie
as Detective Toni Brigatti Luis Antonio Ramos as Miguel Diaz Michael Whaley as Detective Paul Armstrong Fyvush Finkel
Fyvush Finkel
as Phil Kazakian

Supporting characters[edit] Chuck was a foil 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. Marissa often was the voice of reasonable conscience, balancing Gary's earnest idealism against Chuck's skeptical realism. Chuck also did the voice over narration at the opening and closing scenes of the episodes in season one, but this role would diminish during the second season, save for a few episodes. Instead a standard line was used during opening credits, and a closing narration remained in a few episodes, but as season progressed there was no narration for either the opening or closing scenes, and in the episodes "Walk Don't Run" and "Deadline" fictional Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
columnist Molly Greene does the closing narration as part of her column. Stevens's departure from the show after two seasons changed the dynamic of the show. The device of his voice-over narration was shifted to at first Gary and then Marissa in season three. This was eventually done away with, the theme music was changed, and there began a revolving door of foils for Gary, including Patrick Quinn (Billie Worley) and Erica Paget (Kristy Swanson). The latter had a romantic subplot with Gary. Fisher Stevens
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 Patrick). Guest stars[edit] During the series' run, Early Edition
Early Edition
also featured many notable guest stars from television, feature films, and other entertainment industries. Notable TV actors who have appeared include Felicity Huffman, Ken Jenkins, Leslie Hope, John Spencer, Fyvush Finkel, Laura Leighton, Jane Krakowski, George Takei, Cynthia Nixon, Robert Picardo
Robert Picardo
and Robert Duncan McNeil, Pauley Perrette, Michael Shannon, Peri Gilpin and Walter Emanuel Jones. Academy Award
Academy Award
winner Louis Gossett, Jr
Louis Gossett, Jr
had a major role in a season two episode, "The Medal".[12] Former Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
publisher David Radler appeared several times as the publisher of the Sun-Times, the newspaper that was delivered to Gary, while movie reviewer Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
made a cameo as himself. Other cameos include Tara Lipinski, Coolio, Tone Loc, Dick Butkus, Pat O'Brien, Martina McBride
Martina McBride
and Ashley Pates in flashback as the young Gary Hobson. There was a season two cross-over with Chicago Hope with Héctor Elizondo, Jayne Brook and Rocky Carroll
Rocky Carroll
playing their characters from that show. Also during season three, CBS
used an Early Edition
Early Edition
episode as a promotional vehicle for the network's Martial Law TV series starring martial arts expert Sammo Hung. In the fourth and final season, professional wrestlers Tommy Dreamer
Tommy Dreamer
and New Jack
New Jack
guest starred in the episode "Mel Schwartz, Bounty Hunter". A season two episode ended with a colorized clip of Rod Serling
Rod Serling
informing viewers they had just watched a tale from The Twilight Zone. Broadcast history[edit] Main article: List of Early Edition
Early Edition
episodes Early Edition
Early Edition
premiered in the United States on CBS
on September 28, 1996. A total of 90 episodes were produced over the course of the show's four seasons, with the last original episode airing in the United States on May 27, 2000. Its original time slot was Saturday night at 9pm Eastern Standard Time, sandwiched between airings of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Walker, Texas Ranger.[13] When Dr. Quinn ended in May 1998, Early Edition
Early Edition
then began airing one hour earlier at 8 pm for the remainder of the show's run.[13] In January and February 2000, Early Edition
Early Edition
went on temporary hiatus as the Dick Clark game show Winning Lines aired in its time slot. Ratings[edit]

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Season Year Network Viewers (in millions) Rank

1 1996–1997 CBS 9.0 million #49

2 1997–1998 CBS 11.9 million #48

3 1998–1999 CBS 10.2 million #69

4 1999–2000 CBS 8.8 million #74

Cancellation[edit] After May 27, 2000 (the end of season 4), CBS
decided to end the series' run. Despite fan efforts to save the show, and a USA Today poll showing respondents were in favor by a two-to-one margin of keeping the "family-friendly" show on air, CBS
did not renew the show for a fifth season.[14] Fans of Early Edition
Early Edition
continued to show support, even going so far as to stage three fan conventions in downtown Chicago in 2001, 2002, and 2004.[15] U.S. syndication[edit] The Fox Family Channel (now Freeform (TV channel)) was the first entity to acquire syndication rights to Early Edition, at a price of $500,000 per episode, and the show began airing on Fox Family in May 2000.[13] The series debuted in wider syndication in September 2000, and was more recently seen on ION Television, where it last aired in January 2007.[16] FamilyNet
currently airs the show nightly at 9/8c. Early Edition
Early Edition
has also aired on GMC. From May 2012 to 2013, TVGN
aired the series. International syndication[edit] Early Edition
Early Edition
has and continues to be broadcast in a number of countries outside the United States, For example, in Spain the show aired first on Canal+ and, recently, by Calle 13 and Sony Entertainment Television (SET en VEO); it has been aired from Monday to Thursday from August until the end of November 2007. In Poland, Early Edition
Early Edition
aired several times on TVP channels under the title "It Happened Tomorrow". In Estonia, Early Edition
Early Edition
is being aired by TV 3, with the title translated to "Tomorrow's News". Outside the U.S., the series has been broadcast by the following stations under the following names:

Country Title Translation Channel

Argentina Early Edition

Sony Entertainment Television

Belgium Demain à la une Tomorrow's Headlines La Une

Belgium Early Edition


Brazil Edição de Amanhã Tomorrow's Edition Rede Record

Bulgaria Утрешен вестник (Utreshen Vestnik) Tomorrow's Newspaper NTV

Canada Early Edition

Global Television Network

Canada (Quebec) Demain à la une Tomorrow's Headlines Séries+

Mainland China 明日新闻 News from Tomorrow CCTV-8

Colombia El diario del destino The Paper of Destiny Caracol TV

Czech republic Předčasné vydání Early Edition

Denmark Mig og Fremtiden Me and the Future TV3, TV3+

Estonia Homsed uudised Tomorrow's News TV3

Finland Aikavaras The Time Thief Nelonen

France Demain à la une Tomorrow in the headlines M6, NT1, Numéro 23

Germany Allein gegen die Zukunft Alone against the Future ProSieben

Greece Τυχερή Έκδοση (Tiheri Ekdosi) Lucky Edition Mega Channel

Hong Kong Early Edition

Hallmark Channel

Hungary A kiválasztott – Az amerikai látnok The chosen - The American prophet TV2, AXN

Iceland Fyrstur með fréttirnar First with the news Stöð 2 (Iceland)

Iran در برابر آینده Against Future Channel 2 (Iran)

Iran در برابر آینده Against Future IRIB Namayesh

India Early Edition

Hallmark Channel

Indonesia Early Edition

RCTI, ANTV, B-Channel

Ireland Early Edition

sky 1

Israel מהדורה מוקדמת Early Edition Channel 1 (Israel)

Italy Ultime dal Cielo News from Heaven Rete 4, Canale 5

Mexico El diario del Destino The Destiny's Paper Canal 5

New Zealand Early Edition

TV2 (first run)


Netherlands Early Edition


Norway Morgenutgaven The Morning Edition TV3

Philippines Early Edition

Studio 23

Poland Zdarzyło się jutro It happened tomorrow AXN

Portugal Edição Especial Special
Edition TVI

Romania Viitorul începe azi The future starts today Antena1, AXN

Singapore Early Edition


Slovakia Zajtrajšie noviny Tomorrow's newspaper TV Markíza

Slovenia Prva izdaja First Edition AXN

South Africa Early Edition


Spain Edición Anterior Previous Edition Sony Entertainment Television

Sri Lanka Early Edition

Sweden Morgondagens hjälte Tomorrow's hero

Russia Завтра наступит сегодня Tomorrow comes today Hallmark Channel

Taiwan 未卜先知 Foresee China Television

Turkey Erken Baski Early Edition Kanal D

United Kingdom Early Edition


Venezuela El diario del destino The Paper of Destiny Televen

Vietnam Bản tin sớm Early Edition VTV1

DVD releases[edit]

Early Edition: the First Season

DVD (distributed by Paramount) released the first two seasons of Early Edition
Early Edition
on DVD in Region 1 (US only) in 2008/2009.[17][18] As of June 2015, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
owns the international DVD rights to the show, although they have not made any releases yet.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date

The First Season 23 June 24, 2008

The Second Season 22 July 28, 2009

See also[edit]

Newspaper from the future Journeyman Quantum Leap Seven Days Timecop If You Knew Tomorrow – an unsold pilot TV show from 1958 similar to Early Edition It Happened Tomorrow, a 1944 film starring Dick Powell
Dick Powell
as a cynical newspaper reporter who gets the next day's paper from the ghost of a dead newsman and uses it to scoop rivals, bet the horses successfully, and improve his standing with his girl, until the paper predicts his own death. This film was adapted to subsequent radio performances on Academy Award
Academy Award
Theater and Theater of Romance in 1945. Strange Luck


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It Happened Tomorrow
(1944)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-05-21.  ^ "Is "Early Edition" based on that old movie about a newspaper?". EarlyDues' Early Edition. 2000-12-03. Retrieved 2008-05-21.  ^ "Where is it filmed or set?". EarlyDues' Early Edition. 2000-12-03. Retrieved 2008-03-24.  ^ "What and where is McGinty's?". EarlyDues' Early Edition. 2000-12-03. Retrieved 2008-03-24.  ^ "290 W Illinois St". Google Maps. Retrieved 2008-03-24.  ^ Carlton, Hayley. "Grant Park street wall, surrounding buildings examined at GPAC meeting". nearwestgazette.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2008-04-07.  ^ "Who composes the theme music used on Early Edition?". EarlyDues' Early Edition. 2002-07-21. Retrieved 2008-05-21.  ^ "What's with the new theme music?". EarlyDues' Early Edition. 2002-07-21. Retrieved 2008-05-21.  ^ "Panther, Pella, and Carl as Cat". Early Dues' Early Edition. 2000-12-03. Retrieved 2008-03-08.  ^ ""Early Edition" The Medal (1996)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-06-16.  ^ a b c "When is it on?". EarlyDues' Early Edition. 2000-12-03. Retrieved 2008-03-25.  ^ "Excerpt from PTC E-Alert - Vol. 4, No. 25". Parents Television Council. 2000-05-03. Retrieved 2008-03-05.  ^ "EELFEST News". EELFEST NEWS. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2008-03-05.  ^ " Early Edition
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Debuts In Syndication". EarlyDues' Early Edition. 2000-01-11. Retrieved 2008-03-05.  ^ " Early Edition
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- More Details, Extras and Early Cover Art for 1st Season DVDs!".  ^ " Early Edition
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- 2nd Season Formally Announced: Specs and Package Art Revealed!". 

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