His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.
What would you do if tomorrow's paper came to your door today? If you knew that you were going to die? Be lucky in love unlucky in life? That's what Gary Hobson has to ask himself every day. Gary Hobson is a stockbroker that got fired from his job and his wife found him uninteresting and kicked him out. You see it's quite simple. Everyday an orange cat comes to his door with the paper (a Chicago Sun Times). Gary doesn't know where it comes from. He did a bit of research and found out that a man named Lucis Snow, was an old typesetter and he had the paper before Gary. The day after Snow died, the paper came to Gary. Gary has two friends. Chuck Fishman, who has been best buds with Gary since college. Chuck wants Gary to give him the scores of games, winning lotto numbers, stocks, or even soap opera tips. Marrisa is Gary's blind friend who helps Gary make all the right choices. Written by
Gary's name, Hobson, implies the nature of the show, a Hobson's choice. He receives information and is in a position to help, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. The choice is to act or not, a Hobson's choice. See more »
A shot used throughout the series is of an accelerated sunrise behind the Chicago skyline, as seen from the lake shore. It has to be a sunset played in reverse, because the shoreline runs roughly north-south, with Lake Michigan to the east.
Sunrise is normally over the lake. See more »
'Early Edition' is another 'Quantum Leap,' although it's slightly different since it doesn't involve time-traveling. Instead, our hero, Gary Hobson, gets the paper one day in advance. By getting tomorrow's news today, he has no more than 24 hours to prevent the bad news from happening.
The series has a lot of charm. I watched this show sporadically throughout its four-year primetime run, but began watching it more often during its last few months on the air.
The addition of Kristy Swanson (the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for the show's third season was a perfect one. Her character Erica, a single mother, was a nice match for Gary. To me, Swanson is an underrated talent, and fit into the show very well. It's just too bad that she was out of the picture for the show's fourth (and final) season. I would have liked to see her remain on the show until it was cancelled.
Of course, EE was cancelled in the summer of 2000, after four years. That is generally a good run for a show like this. While the chances for a fifth season are extremely slim (despite the best efforts of its loyal fans), reruns of the series can now be seen on the Fox Family Channel. But if you don't have cable, all is not completely lost: You have a good chance of finding EE reruns (whether daily or weekly) on one of your local stations.
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