If there is one television series that belongs in Chicago, this is it. CBS has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the drama series Early Edition. The popular and inventive drama filmed all four of its seasons in the Windy City from 1996-2000. The series was a cornerstone of the Chicago television production industry during the late 90’s. So will this series reboot be filming in Chicago as well?
Well, let’s get the pilot shot here first. Shooting dates and locations for the CBS pilot production remain uncertain but are expected to be released soon.
The original series starred Kyle Chandler as a man who magically received tomorrow’s edition of the Chicago Sun-Times today, delivered to his door each morning by a mysterious ginger tabby cat. His knowledge of the future then gave him the chance to change it for the better.
Speaking of pilot, how about taking a moment to watch the original Early Edition pilot from way back in 1996? Here it is for your viewing pleasure…
A New Twist on a Classic
In the rebooted version, an ambitious but uncompromising journalist starts receiving tomorrow’s newspaper today. She then finds herself in the complicated business of changing the news instead of reporting it.
Melissa Glenn serves as writer and executive producer on the pilot. DeVon Franklin of Franklin Entertainment will also executive produce along with Bob Brush. Jenna Nicholson of Franklin Entertainment will co-executive produce. Sony Pictures Television and AFFIRM Television produce in association with CBS Studios.
Glenn’s past credits include fellow CBS show Zoo as well as Beauty and the Beast, Falling Skies, Hawaii Five-O, and Leverage.
Along with Chandler, the original Early Edition starred DePaul alum Shanésia Davis-Williams, Fisher Stevens, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Kristy Swanson, and Billie Worley. It ran for four seasons and 90 episodes on CBS between 1996 and 2000.
Early Edition is one of several revivals to score a broadcast pilot order this season. ABC is currently prepping a new version of LA Law with multiple original cast members returning, while Variety reports NBC is working on a sequel series follow up to Quantum Leap. Meanwhile, CBS is also considering a series adaptation of True Lies starring Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga, which was rolled from last season.
Check back here at SCREEN for updates as this pilot progresses through development into production. You can also click right here to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter.