Early Edition is an American television series with SF elements that aired on CBS from September 28, 1996 to May 27, 2000. Set in the city of Chicago, Illinois, it follows the adventures of a man who mysteriously receives each Chicago Sun-Times newspaper the day before it is actually published, and who uses this knowledge to prevent terrible events each day. Created by Ian Abrams, Patrick Q. Page, and Vik Rubenfeld, the series starred actor Kyle Chandler as Gary Hobson, and featured many real Chicago locations over the course of the series' run. Despite fan efforts to save the show, it was cancelled in May 2000, and it began airing in syndication on Fox Family Channelthat same month. CBS Home Entertainment subsequently scheduled a DVD release of the complete first season on June 24, 2008. As of June 2011 Early Edition can currently be seen on Syfy Channel.
The show began with Gary being divorced by his wife, and stuck in a rut in his job. Once he begins to receive the "early edition" of the Chicago Sun-Times, he slowly gains a sense of purpose as a sort of superheroby seeking to prevent as many disasters as possible each day. The drawback to his situation is that, in his nearly-obsessional devotion to saving people, he rarely has time for his own personal life. Gary's fortuitous assumption of ownership of McGinty's Bar/Grill in downtown Chicago gives him a stable platform from which to carry out his newfound purpose. The other issue he occasionally grapples with is whether to use the information contained in the paper (such as lottery numbers, or sports scores) to profit from the paper.
The show rarely dealt with a common theme of time-travel dramas — the theory that changing the past (or the present in this case) produced potentially adverse consequences in the future. More often, the show would subtly display the butterfly effect.
The show dealt with the life of Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler), a Chicago man (initially a stock broker, later the owner of McGinty's bar) who mysteriously received newspapers (specifically, the Chicago Sun-Times) a day ahead of time, effectively giving him knowledge of the potential future. His newspaper apparently gets delivered by a ginger tabby cat, no matter where he goes, every morning at 6:30. The paper goes only to him except on some special occasions. He would then try to prevent tragedies described in "tomorrow's" Sun-Times from occurring, whereby story text and headlines in the newspaper change to reflect the outcome of his actions.
Often, Gary does not wish to be saddled with the responsibility of performing these deeds. The paper effectively presents him with many Hobson's choices: he must choose between helping someone in need for help for example accidents or someone dying only for those who are in danger.