Chicagoans and 90’s TV aficionados were excited to hear that a reboot of the CBS classic series Early Edition was in the works. However, CBS has decided not to move forward with its gender-flipped Early Edition reboot project after completing the pilot.
Alice Eve, whose credits include the series Star Trek Into Darkness and Belgravia, had been tapped as the lead in this new vision of the 90’s series. In the rebooted version, ambitious but uncompromising journalist Beth (played by Alice Eve) starts receiving tomorrow’s newspaper today. She then finds herself in the complicated business of changing the news instead of reporting it.
Along with Eve, the Early Edition reboot pilot starred Charles Michael Davis, Jay Ali and Fiona Rene.
Melissa Glenn served as writer and executive producer on the “Early Edition” pilot. Glenn’s past credits include fellow CBS show Zoo as well as Beauty and the Beast, Falling Skies, Hawaii Five-O, and Leverage. DeVon Franklin and Jenna Nicholson of Franklin Entertainment also executive produced along with Bob Brush. Sony Pictures Television and AFFIRM Television produced in association with CBS Studios.
Chicago Loves Early Edition
If there was one television series that belonged in Chicago, this was it. 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.
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…
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.
LA Law Also Out
Early Edition wasn’t the only revival to run into a roadblock this season. In one of the big surprises this pilot season, ABC just announced it will not be moving forward with its new version of LA Law, which had multiple original cast members returning, namely Blair Underwood and Corbin Bernsen. ABC boss Craig Erwich told Deadline that “unfortunately the pilot just did not come together as we had hoped it would.” Click here to read the full story in Deadline.
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