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.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
...  Gary Hobson 90 episodes, 1996-2000
Shanesia Davis ...  Marissa Clark 90 episodes, 1996-2000
...  Chuck Fishman 48 episodes, 1996-2000


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 Anonymous

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What If You Had Tomorrow's News... TODAY?


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Release Date:

28 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kiválasztott - Az amerikai látnok  »

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1.33 : 1
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Carl the cat played "Cat" on this show. However, the cat's role was uncredited. 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 »


Gary Hobson: Marissa, what do you say I make us both dinner?
Marissa Clark: Sure, why not.
[Spike barks]
Gary Hobson: The three of us.
[the cat meows]
Gary Hobson: All right, dinner for four.
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References It Happened Tomorrow (1944) See more »

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5 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I just started watching this after 10 years gone by. I had originally only seen a single episode of Early Edition.

The idea is not exactly an original idea but I believe the writing and production quality of each episode is great. The episodes continue to some canon; so you find later episodes referring to previous episodes, rather than independently written episodes.

You'll spot a lot of 'to be famous' faces in there and I do wonder what ever happened to Chuck and Gary as they were great actors.

As with many TV series of the 90s this is an honest and heartwarming series with much stimulation of your own thoughts and experiences, leading you to realise that hindsight is often just as powerful as foresight.

10/10 as this is one of the best series I have seen in a long time, even in 2008.

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