Early Edition

CBS (ended 2000)
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  • Gary Hobson was a regular Chicago stockbroker. One day his wife dumped him and he was forced to move into a hotel room. The next morning, at 6:30 am, a mysterious yellow cat showed up at his front door with tomorrow's edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. From that day on his life was never the same. At first skeptical, Gary started to try saving people's lives and stop disasters from happening. With the help of his friends Chuck and Marissa, Gary became a man with a mission, even though he doesn't know why or how the paper gets to him every morning.Early Edition was produced by CBS Productions and TriStar Television for CBS.moreless

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Kyle Chandler

    Gary Hobson

  • Fisher Stevens

    Chuck Fishman

  • Shanesia Davis Williams

    Marissa Clark

  • Myles Jeffrey

    Henry Paget

  • Kristy Swanson

    Erica Paget

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  • Quotes (85)

    • Marissa: Good morning, Gary. Gary: How do you always know it's me? Marissa: That's easy. Got a nose for gabardine.

    • Chuck: (closing monologue) There are no explanations, of course. But that's nothing new. Magic's like life, mostly unexpected. Which means, newspaper or not, you can never be sure what's around the corner, or what you'll do when you find it.

    • Chuck: (opening monologue) What if you knew, beyond a doubt, what was going to happen tomorrow? Sure, I know it's crazy. But what if you did? Whether you'd be rich, or poor. A hero, or a loser. Lucky in love, unlucky in life. What would you do? What if, by some magic, you found the power to really change things? People, events, maybe even your life. Would you even know where to start? Maybe you can't know... until it happens.

    • Amanda: What happened? Gary: You were in an accident, honey. Amanda: Uh-oh. Anyone hurt? Gary: Well... Amanda: It was a new bike. My dad got it for me. Do I know you? Gary: No, not exactly. Amanda: But you know me. Gary: Kind of. Amanda: I got it.

    • Amanda: You have to be somewhere, don't you? Gary: What? Amanda: Someone else to save?

    • Chuck: The greatest boon to mankind since non-taxable income, and who does it come to? A guy who buys lottery tickets and doesn't cheat.

    • Chuck: (closing monologue) Like the man said—I think it was me—everybody makes choices. Some you make because you want to. Say Abe Lincoln for president. No-brainer. Mostly though it's a matter of guesswork. Going with your gut. It's hard on the nerves. Really, all you can do is give it a shot... and hope to God it turns out right.

    • Chuck: (opening monologue) Everybody makes choices. That's the American way. It's in the constitution. Every shlub has a vote. You get up in the morning, you decide what to wear. What to eat. What to waste your money on. You go with what you know, which usually ain't much. But what if you knew what you knew before you actually knew it? If that's confusing, so is getting tomorrow's paper today. The point being, sometimes the choice is easy... and sometimes you don't have one at all.

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    Notes (28)

    • There is an error in the continuity of the series.

      This episode takes place a week after Gary first received the newspaper (as Chuck mentions in the episode). The date on the newspapers in the episode are from September 13th and 14th. In the pilot, the newspapers were dated November 12th, 13th and 14th.

    • The role of Gary's ex-wife, Marcia, was recast after the pilot. She is now played by Rya Kihlstedt.

    • Awards and Nominations 1997 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) (nominated)

    • Although credited, Shanesia Davis Williams (Marissa Clark) does not appear.

    • Pauley Perrette is credited as Pauley P.

    • Although credited, Shanesia Davis Williams (Marissa Clark) does not appear.

    • Philip Bosco (William Masterson) is credited as a special guest star.

    • Marion Ross (Eunice Fadiman) is credited as a special guest star.

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    Trivia (38)

    • Newspaper Headlines: Tuesday, November 12 - President Okays Trade Talks: NAFTA Treaty Subject of Meetings - Bulls Beat Magic by 10: Jordan scores 36 points - Wheat Jumps +30 In Heavy Trading - Homeless Man Wins $23 Million Lottery - City Board of Education In Trouble Again Wednesday, November 13 - Local News Dealer Accident Victim Thursday, November 14 - 9 Killed in Bank Holdup changes to 10 Die in Holdup - Tragedy "Could have Been Prevented" Say Police - Holdup - Safety A Concern In City's Buildings - Sharks Versus Rangers

    • Newspaper Articles: Friday September 13 - Piano accident on Wacker Drive: Woman and Child Injured - CHA out to trim Taylor Homes: HUD grants sough for 4 projects
      Saturday September 14 - Traffic Jam Snarls city - Worst Ever changes to Chicago Jetliner down; 190 killed changes to Traffic Jam Eases - City Officials At Loss To Explain - U. of C., NU get $75 million - On the Ropes - 6-yeard-old Victim of 911 neglect; Officials Blame Traffic changes to 6-year-old Victim of Hospital Neglect; Epidural Hematoma Goes Undiagnosed - Nothing Shouts Clout Like City's Honorary Signs - Argentine President Meets the Sun-Times - Are You The Guy For Di? - Frank Thomas Fields Your Questions

    • Newspaper Articles: Tuesday September 24 - Cubs Fail 14-2 - Two Die In Convenience Store Holdup Wednesday September 25 - Principal Locks Washrooms To Deter Smokers - Elderly Pedestrian Struck By Fire Truck - Hero Delivers Baby On 'L' changes to Hero Delivers Babies In Elevator - Richard Roeper: Maybe the Box is Best Thing About Wheaties - Water Main Break Floods Michigan Avenue; Shop Owners Suffer changes to Water Main Snafu Causes Citywide Blackout

    • Newspaper Articles: Tuesday, October 8 - Chinese Restaurant Explodes - Rising Action Star on CBS - Salaam To Sit This One Out Wednesday, October 9 - Investigative Reporter Disappears: Foul Play Suspected - Jail Guards Train For New Boot Camp - Property Tax Hits Hardest In The North - Grrrr! Animal Prints - Ebert has the last word Thursday, October 10 - Budget Passes changes to Reporter And Man Found Slain In Sun-Times Basement changes to Killers Of Slain Union Boss Captured At Sun-Times - Small Schools Under Microscope - The Original Bad Boy - World Beaters - High School Football Highlights

    • Goof: In the restaurant, when Gary is reading through Snow's employee record he reads that he died on September 28, 1996. Marissa comments that it was the day before Gary started receiving the newspaper. This date does not match when Gary first received the newspaper in The Pilot (November 12), and it is after the dates in The Choice (September 13-14) and in Baby (September 24-25).

    • Goof: When escaping from the motel, Gary and Meredith jump into Gary's rented car to escape two hit men. Gary orders Meredith to put on her seatbelt. She refuses until Gary explains that the car won't start until the seat belts are connected. She then connects the seatbelt, and Gary starts up the car. However, Gary does not have his seat belt on, and the car should not have started.

    • Newspaper Articles: Day 1 - Bridges in 'critical condition' - Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog - Can The Sex Pistols Still Rock? - Bears' Zorich Out For Season Day 2 - Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog - Zorich Lost For season - Cops To Get Pay Hike - Shannon Lucid sets U.S. Space Record - See Kup's Coloumn in Friday's Edition - Museum keep train's legacy chugging along Day 3 - No visible headlines Day 4 - Flanagan Indicted - Sneak Peek At MJ Flick - Women At The Citadel - Nun Finds Missing Lottery Ticket; Donates To Charity

    • Goof: Gary and Uncle Phil are talking near the grave of Phil's dog, Bugle. During the scene, a shot of the dog's grave shows a headstone with a circle of white rocks lining the grave. However, when the camera pans back to the grave, the rocks that were circling the grave are gone.

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    Allusions (21)

    • Chuck: Listen, I don't have time to explain. I got to be somewhere. You got to get her to the Emergency Room. Bystander: No. You're supposed to leave the victim right there. Don't you ever watch Chicago Hope? A reference to CBS' Medical drama Chicago Hope that aired from 1994 to 2000.

    • Chuck: Psst. Hey, Starsky. A reference to a 1970's cop show, Starsky & Hutch, that ran from 1975 to 1979.

    • Chuck: They're showing Jaws one through four. Perfect. We're in time for Jaws III, that's in 3-D.
      A reference to the Jaws films - Jaws (1975), Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3-D (1983), and Jaws: The Revenge (1987).

    • Chuck: You can't let this gig be all consuming. Even Batman had a social life. You remember all those parties at Wayne Manor. A reference to the DC Superhero Batman.

    • Chuck: This isn't biology, this is Poltergeist. A reference to the Poltergeist film series.

    • Chuck: Houston, we have a problem. Chuck is quoting a line from the 1995 movie Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks about the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, in which an explosion on board the spaceship puts the astronauts' lives in danger.

    • Chuck: He's kinda a cross between Zorba The Greek and Jabba The Hutt.
      This is a reference to Zorba, the title character of the 1946 novel Zorba The Greek and the 1964 film by the same name. It is also a reference to Jabba the Hutt from the Star Wars saga.

    • Episode Title: "Hoops" (a.k.a. "Hoop Dreams") Hoop Dreams is a 1994 documentary film directed by Steve James.

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  • Fan Reviews (48)
  • Best Chandler!

    By njayne, Jul 10, 2014

  • Early bird catches the worm... or in this case, Early cat catches the newspaper!

    By frosty_ice, Feb 05, 2013

  • An excellent show in the anthology and reluctant hero traditions of "Route 66" that also flirts with the science-fiction elements of "The Twilight Zone."

    By PSUDaugh, Aug 22, 2009

  • Quality show.

    By cactusjack39, Mar 10, 2009

  • Favorite show of all time...

    By TvPatriik, Sep 30, 2008