A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.

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A comedy about a video store clerk Ed whose life is thrown into chaos when he agrees to let an executive of a television studio film him for 24 hours. Written by Jordan Chamerski

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Good morning! You're live on EDtv See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related situations, partial nudity and crude language | See all certifications »

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26 March 1999 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,311,290 (USA) (26 March 1999)

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$22,362,500 (USA) (28 May 1999)
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The ads at the bottom of EdTV get bigger & more national as the show's popularity grows. See more »

Goofs

In the theater bathroom, where Ed finds Shari, (after pursuing her from the video store) they show a reaction shot of Shari's roommate watching at home. Then Ed goes out to the production van and, again, they cut to a reaction of Shari's roommate. She is wearing a completely different outfit. See more »

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Cynthia: We don't even have money in our budget for coffee filters. We're using a yarmulke!
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References The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) See more »

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Have You Ever
Written by Joe Tex and Buddy Killen
Performed by Joe Tex
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC dba Tree Productions
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"...and you, Ed, are no Truman Burbank!"
28 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

EDTV is more concerned with "Ed" than "TV".

In fact, throughout this dull and relentless tale of ordinary Joe Ed turned real-life 24-hour television star, Director Ron Howard consistently resists the obvious satire on the fallout of fame and focuses on the cloyingly saccharine romance that lies at EDTV's mushy core.

If you doubt this (and considering Howard's track record, you may), visit EDTV on DVD and you'll be treated to numerous deleted scenes that satirically drive home the point that fame is indeed a bitch. Unfortunately, these scenes are also some of the darkest, funniest and most telling in the script. (An entire subplot about an EdTV imitator that ends with tragedy was completely eliminated from the final cut.) Why then did they end up on the cutting room floor? Howard can't seem to get away from Mayberry sentimentality enough to make EDTV the film it needs to be by it's very nature. In fact, the stars of the film (Hurley, DeGeneres, Harrelson) could have made a more interesting documentary on the price of fame than EDTV does at it's cautious best.

All hail, however, the film's bright spot, Ellen DeGeneres. Yes, Ellen. With her balance of quirky humor and self-doubting charm, she manages to infuse the film with some sense of purpose and it is she (not wrongly cast lead Matthew McConaughey) that we care about.

See it for Ellen. Or, better yet, rent THE TRUMAN SHOW and cap it off with a re-run of TV's ELLEN. I guarantee more laughs and heaps more satire than the botched EDTV can ever provide.


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