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December, 1999

WONDERING WHAT FISHER IS UP TO?

Earlydues has received word via the e-grapevine that Fisher Stevens can currently be seen Off-Broadway at the Blue Heron Arts Center performing for the Naked Angels Theatre Group in a production of Shyster.

In Shyster, Fisher Stevens and Annabella Sciorra star as brother and sister fighting over their recently deceased father's estate. Shyster also stars Phyllis Newman, Saundra McClain, and Charles Malik Whitfield. The Blue Heron Arts Center is located at 123 E 24th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, in New York City. Performances are Evenings, Tuesday - Saturday at 8 pm; and Matinees, Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 5 pm. Tickets are $35. Call 212-279-4200 for details.

Thanks for the "head's up!" D!
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November 26, 1999 ~
News Re: Kristy Swanson from the weekend issue of
USA Today

'GRAPEVINE' YIELDS SECOND CBS CROP

Who says there are no second chances in TV? CBS' Grapevine sitcom, canceled in 1992, resumes production next week in Miami. The revamped comedy, about the lives and loves of the South Beach set, is expected to premiere in March.

Jonathan Penner, Steven Eckholdt and Lynn Clark were the original stars as restaurant owner David; his sportscaster brother, Thumper; and David's girlfriend, Susan, a cruise line executive. But producer David Frankel has recast the show. Eckholdt, who played Thumper, now is David to George Eads' (Savannah) Thumper; Kristy Swanson (Early Edition) is Susan. Eckholdt stars in ABC's ratings-challenged It's like, you know . . . but has promised to be in at least half of the six Grapevines that CBS ordered.

Frankel (Miami Rhapsody) refused to give up on Grapevine and brought it up with the past four programming chiefs at CBS. The network finally said yes, with some modifications. "The tone of the show this time around is sweeter and gentler, with more romance," Frankel says.

When the original Grapevine aired, guest stars included then-unknown actors Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) and Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place, Ally McBeal). Frankel hopes to expose more new faces, putting a heavy emphasis on Miami, his unofficial co-star.

"There's a really sexy quality to the city," he says, "from the sultry air to the fact that people don't wear a lot of clothes here."

-- Jefferson Graham
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November 15, 1999
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From The Hollywood Reporter

"EDITION" LANDS ON FFC DOORSTEP

The Fox Family Channel has outbid several rivals to acquire the off-network rights to the CBS drama "Early Edition" from Eyemark Entertainment beginning next fall. Fox Family, which is looking to shore up its slumping primetime lineup with off-net acquisitions, has agreed to shell out more than $500,000 an episode for at least 90 episodes of "Edition" during the four-year license term. Reps for Eyemark and Fox Family declined comment on the financial terms of the deal unveiled Friday by Eyemark president Ed Wilson and Fox Family Channels president Rich Cronin.

and from UltimateTV.com

"EARLY EDITION" TO BE RERUN ON FOX FAMILY
http://www.ultimatetv.com/news/TVNewsDaily.html?5086

LOS ANGELES (UltimateTV.com) - Fox Family Channel has picked up the syndication rights to the CBS drama "Early Edition." The show will premiere in the net's primetime line-up next year. Fox Family outbid several competitors, including CBS-owned TNN and A&E, before acquiring the show for approximately $500,000 an episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Early Edition" stars Kyle Chandler as a man who gets the morning newspaper the night before everyone else, then tries to stop accidents before they happen. The show airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

and from Variety.com

FOX FAMILY GOES OFF-NET FOR "EDITION"

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Fox Family Channel has landed off-network rights to its first off-net series after outbidding TNN for rights to the CBS drama "Early Edition" from Eyemark Entertainment in a multi-year, multimillion-dollar deal. The family-friendly cable channel, which tends to focus its energies and money on originals rather than network repeats, will run the drama as part of its weekly primetime lineup next year.
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November, 1999 ~
From
Chicago Magazine, "People" section, p. 28

SEE JANE CAST

The road from Chicago to Hollywood often passes through casting director extraordinaire Jane Alderman.

Just off the Eisenhower Expressway, in a non-descript warehouse, Jane Alderman is decked out in beige overalls and sandals that reveal a silver toe ring. She is about to audition young men for a role on Early Edition, the TV series shot in Chicago. The actors are pumped, knowing they're in line to see Chicago's top casting director.

Sought by directors such as Martin Scorsese and Robert Redford, Alderman admist she's simply "got great taste in actors." David Lynch - who user her to cast his new movie, The Straight Story - agrees: "Thanks to Jane, we got some of the best actors I've worked with, and they were perfect for the film."

A Wrigleyville resident, Alderman started out as an actress, but by 1980 she had switched to casting full-time. Since then, she's casted or co-casted films such as The Color of Money, Major League, A Family Thing, and Backdraft, and jumpstarted the careers of a number of locals. Among them: Gillian Anderson, Dennis Farina, and John Mahoney.

Alderman studies each script until, she says, "I get a vision of what a director wants." A superb memory hasn't hurt, either. Of the 5,000 actors on her file, she knows almost all their names and faces - even unusual abilities, such as who is a left-handed pitcher and who speaks Russian.

This year she was nominated for an Artios award - the Oscar of the casting industry - for casting the pilot for Turks, the short-lived TV drama. "I'm a cop about things," she says, explaining her success. "If I'm looking at a part and I haven't quite got it, I just don't stop casting till it's right."

~ Judy Marcus
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September 1999 ~
From
The Arizona Republic's TV section

( Note: Article gleaned from alt.tv.early-edition, with thanks to Tiffany! )

"'EARLY EDITION' SAYS GOODBYE TO FAMILIAR FACES--BUT OTHER CHARACTERS RETURN"

For fans of fantasy and science-fiction shows, half the fun is the endless quest for scraps of information about future episodes. Every now and then, a producer even cooperates and hands out some. As CBS' fantasy-drama Early Edition--which stars Kyle Chandler as Chicagoan Gary Hobson, who gets tomorrow's Chicago Sun-Times a day early--slides into its fourth season on Saturday at 7 PM, some faces are gone, some remain (if only for a while) and a few come back.

Producer Jeff Melvoin (Remington Steele, Hill Street Blues, Northern Exposure, Picket Fences) took a break from editing recently to share a few tidbits about the further adventures of Gary, his pal and bar-owning partner Marissa (Shanesia Davis), and the mysterious cat that arrives each morning with the equally mysterious paper.

One bit of business taken care of at the end of last season was the departure of the character of Erica (played by original Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Kristy Swanson) and her son, Henry (Myles Jeffrey), after a season-long stint on the show as the new woman and child in Gary's life.

"Kristy was originally signed for only six episodes," Melvoin says. "After six episodes we decided we wanted to make it the length of the season. We think it worked well, but from our end, we thought that playing out this romance had really gone about as far as it could, that it would limit the series more if we ended up pairing off Gary Hobson with somebody than if we left it open."

Apparently, Swanson also wanted to pursue other opportunities, so all parties came to a mutual parting of the ways. At the same time Swanson and Jeffrey joined the cast last season, Billie Worley signed on playing colorful bartender Patrick.

"Billie did a great job," Melvoin says. "Frankly the problem here is that you just can't get quite enough use out of him. Billie is a terrific actor, and both for him, in terms of the amount of work we can throw his way, and also, frankly, the amount of money it costs to keep somebody like that around just to deliver occasional lines, it became a situation were we felt we were limiting ourselves economically and also limiting Billie.

"So, what we agreed to do is have him stick around for the first part of the season, then we have an episode that's devoted to his character. In Episode Six, we find out the reason why he's leaving. There's a couple big surprises in it about who he is and what he's really about."

While the early episodes of the season bid goodbye to Worley, Melvoin reveals they also welcome back other familiar faces, playing recurring characters: William Devane and Tess Harper, as Gary's parents (in "Duck Day Afternoon"); Fisher Stevens, as one of the series' original regular characters, Gary's best buddy, the always scheming Chuck Fishman (in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"); Ron Dean, as retired Chicago Detective Crumb; Michael Whaley, as Detective Armstrong; and Constance Marie, as Detective Toni Brigatti.

"Kyle himself really likes working with Constance Marie," Melvoin says, "who plays Brigatti. So, in Episode Four, we're doing a kind of It Takes a Thief thing, where Gary inadvertently is mistaken for an undercover cop and has to play out the role for the rest of the episode, where he's supposed to be Brigatti's husband, and he's trying to catch a jewel thief."

Also, in "Duck Day Afternoon," viewers will meet Miguel Diaz (Luis Antonio Ramos), a photojournalist for the Sun-Times, who will appear in at least four episodes.

As each season progresses, the writers and producers of Early Edition add a little more flesh to the bones of the show's mythology: where does the paper come from; what is the story of its previous recipient, Lucius Snow; and what is the mystery surrounding the orange tabby cat that appears with tomorrow's news each morning?

The season opener, "The Out-of-Towner," explores some of that, as Gary learns that he is not alone in his plight. Gary Basaraba (Brooklyn South) guest-stars as Sam, a Gotham resident who has been getting tomorrow's New York Daily News for the past six years, and has the whole thing down to a science.

"Gary runs into a guy who's got it more locked than he does," Melvoin says. "We have a lot of fun with that."

Melvoin also plans to stretch Chandler's dramatic muscles a bit this season.

"In Episode Seven and Eight," Melvoin says, "we're doing only the second two-parter in the history of the series. This two-parter's called "Fatal Edition," and essentially, Gary becomes The Fugitive. He is wrongly arrested for a murder he didn't commit and ends up having to break out of jail and find out who did it before he can be convicted. "So, for us, it's an unusually dramatic episode, but I think it's going to be a real highlight of the season."
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September 20, 1999 ~
From "The Scanner" TV listings for the New Jersey
Star Ledger

"After a year in which more time was spent on Gary's personal life than his feats of prescient derring-do, 'Early Edition' is getting back to its ink-stained roots. Kristy Swanson is gone, but several old pals will make returns, including Chuck (Fisher Stevens), who will appear in the season's third episode."
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September 19, 1999
From Chicago Sun-Times

FURRY FRIENDS GOT PAIR TALKING
by Jae-Ha Kim

It was a dog on a motorcycle that caught Kathryn Chandler's eyes.

The guy with the dog was Kyle Chandler, star of CBS' "Early Edition" (which is filmed in Chicago).

But back in 1993, there was no "Early Edition." And Kathryn hadn't seen Kyle in any of his other roles. All she knew was that any man giving a big dog a ride on his motorcycle was a little eccentric.

And she liked that.

"There's a place in Los Angeles called Dog Park," says Kathryn, 36. "I would take my little Jack Russell terrier there, and sometimes I'd run into Kyle and his dog. So we would kind of smile at each other and do the triple take, but we wouldn't really do anything about it.

"Then one day I was there on one side of the park with my dog, and he was on the other side with his dog. No one else was there. So I said to (my dog) Otis - who never does anything that I tell him - 'Go over and jump on that guy.' And he did! He went over and just pounced on Kyle, who said, 'Whoa, friendly dog you got here.' "

Adds Kyle, 34, "That dog was part of her dowry."

You're thinking they started dating there and then, right? Wrong. The two - who it turned out lived on the same street - didn't go out until six months later.

"I saw a moving van in front of his house, and I thought, 'Ohmigod! It's never going to happen!' " she remembers. "So I took my dog and slowly strolled by his house. I said, 'Hey, are you moving?' And he said his neighbors were."

Then he asked her out to a movie.

Which leads to the question: Why did it take so long for Kyle to ask Kathryn out? She is a former model with an outgoing personality.

"I had lots of other girls to ask out first," he teases.

"He's lying!" she says, laughing.

Married since 1996, the couple live in Chicago with their daughter, Sydney.

Kathryn has resumed a screenwriting career, which she had put on hold to start their family.

But she says she wants to write an independent film starring a certain shy guy who knows how to ride a mean motorcycle.

And by the way, Kathryn still has the ticket stub from "Scent of a Woman" - the movie they went to on their first date.

(Note: Article can also be found on the author's website.)

September 13, 1999 ~
From the
CBS Fall Entertainment Guide, available at a Target
store near you:

HIS KINDA TOWN

Early Edition is shot on location in Chicago, and its star Kyle Chandler has to cope with shooting in the city's notorious bad weather. But he's not complaining - he loves his job, and now that his family has recently moved to Chicago, he's got everything he needs!

From 09/10/99 Entertainment Weekly ~
Fall TV Preview Re: Early Edition:

Gary (Kyle Chandler) will keep getting tomorrow's newspaper today - but he'll do it in a new wardrobe. "My wife and other women who watch the show would like to see him out of plaids and a little more upscale," says executive producer Jeff Melvoin. "We're having trouble getting him out of his blue jeans, but at least he's wearing different shirts." Stop the presses! (Premieres Sept 25)
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From 09/04/99 - 09/10/99 TV Guide ~
TV Guide critic Matt Roush's guide to Returning Favorites:

Starts:
September 25, 1999
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The Big News:
There's action and romance in Gary's headline-chasing future. Cooler duds, too. "You'll see a sexier Kyle," explains executive producer Jeff Melvoin. "He's out of L.L. Bean and into the Gap."
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Love Connections:
Several for Gary, including a high-octane flirtation with the detective played by series regular Constance Marie [Toni Brigatti].
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Who's In:
Gary's new sparring partner is Miguel (Luis Antonio Ramos), a Chicago Sun-Times photographer who is suspicious of Gary's keen nose for news.
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Who's Out:
Kristy Swanson (last year's love interest) and Myles Jeffrey (her son).
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Matt Says:
Stop the presses: It took three years for the producers to realize that Kyle Chandler is a sex symbol?
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Note: There was no picture in the print version, but the online article included this picture. Why they chose a picture that included Kristy, who won't be returning, I'll never know...

Late July / Early August 1999 - Gleaned from various sources:
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SWANSON TO STAR IN MIDSEASON SITCOM FOR EYE NETWORK: Actress Kristy Swanson, who created the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the big screen, is set to head up Grapevine, a midseason sitcom about three singles in Miami, CBS execs announced at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, CA. An earlier version of the show ran on the network in 1992. Swanson will give up her role on CBS's Early Edition for the new show.
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CBS Sunday (7/25/99) said it had given a six-episode midseason order to "Grapevine," a comedy about a group of Miami singles, and starring Kristy Swanson. Writer-producer David Frankel produced an earlier version of "Grapevine" for CBS, which aired during the summer of 1992.

Note: 'Grapevine' began airing mid-season (early 2000) and was canceled by CBS after a handful of episodes.

March 16, 1999
From
Chicago Tribune

THE COLD, HARD FACTS:
"EARLY EDITION'S" KYLE CHANDLER KEEPS SMILING NO MATTER THE TEMPERATURE
by Allan Johnson, Tribune Television Writer

Published: Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Section: TEMPO
Page: 3

You think acting is all bright lights and glamor, huh?

You should have been on the corner of Maxwell and Halsted Streets a few weeks ago. You would have gotten an education into what show business is really like.

It was there that a crew from CBS' "Early Edition" spent time in the cold, gray outdoors setting up scenes around an abandoned building for an episode scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Saturday on WBBM-Ch. 2.

You might have laughed to approach the shoot and find dozens of people who looked as if they had raided the nearest North Face cold-weather outlet. Parkas, ski suits, thick boots, gloves and hats were worn by most of those setting up cameras and lights.

But that smile would have slowly dissipated after you stood around for an hour-and-a-half waiting for someone to yell "action," only to continue to stand as the shot was re-created several times from one perspective, and then several more times from another , and several more times from still another.

And then you would have gained a new respect for Kyle Chandler.

The actor, who plays Gary Hobson, the man who averts disaster with a newspaper he gets a day in advance, walked around talking and laughing with crew members and extras, dressed only in a leather jacket, jeans and a turtleneck. Not once did he don a secondary coat or hide out in a warming trailer.

Despite the long hours, Chandler's good humor never left, even when he had to repeat a scene in which he staggers out of an abandoned building into the arms of co-stars Shanesia Davis Williams and Kristy Swanson.

The scene was pivotal, and part of a key episode in which, for the first time, Hobson fails to save a life he knew would be forfeited. ["Fate"]

Make no mistake: On the outside, Chandler was sunny despite the chilly conditions. But on the inside . . .

"I'm cold right now," he said. "I've got a cigar I'm smoking, I've got long johns on. This week's really been bad."

The sheer enjoyment of filmmaking was the reason Chandler said he and the "Early Edition" crew were out in Chicago's cold.

"You've got to love what you're doing," he said, "otherwise, get out. Because everyone out here loves what they're doing."

If the rest of us endured more than four hours of bone-chilling cold, and the monotonous task of waiting to do the same thing over and over, it would never again occur to us to complain about what a cushy job actors have.

To show how much this writer will dig for a story, tune in to "Early Edition" Saturday, and watch for a guy uncomfortably playing a TV reporter who approaches a staggering Gary Hobson for a comment.

January 19, 1992
From
Chicago Tribune...

KYLE CHANDLER
by Cheryl Lavin

Published: Sunday, January 19, 1992
Section: SUNDAY MAGAZINE
Page: 14

  • Occupation: Actor.
  • Birthday: Sept. 17, 1965.
  • Birthplace: Buffalo, but I grew up in Lake Forest, Ill., and Loganville, Ga.
  • Current home: Hollywood.
  • Marital status: Single.
  • Car: A 1991 black Thunderbird.
  • Working on: "Homefront," on ABC-TV.
  • The last good movie I saw was: "Cape Fear."
  • The book I've been reading is: "The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad," by Harrison Salisbury.
  • Favorite childhood memory: My father used to pick me up from school, and
    I'd ask him 10 times to take me to the ice cream parlor. He'd say no nine
    times, and then we'd end up there.
  • Prized possession: The cross from my father's casket. He died in 1979.
  • Nobody knows I'm: Awfully happy.
  • I'm better than anyone else when it comes to: Getting myself into
    situations I don't need to be in.
  • I'd give anything to meet: Jimmy Stewart. I'd like to say thank you.
  • I hope I never have to: Call my mother again and have her get me out of
    jail. I got into some crazy stuff in college.
  • A really great evening to me is: Driving outside of L.A. and finding a
    quiet place.
  • The one thing I can't stand is: People who get in your face.
  • If I could change one thing about myself, I would: Listen more.
  • People who knew me in high school thought I was: Really weird. I was
    very, very, very shy.
  • I knew I was a grownup when I: Left home at 22 to come out to Los
    Angeles.
  • If I've learned one thing in life, it's: That I don't know anything.
  • Major accomplishment: Being able to support myself and help out my
    mother.
  • My most humbling experience: Moving to Los Angeles. It's a tough city,
    especially when you grew up in Georgia.
  • When people first meet me, they think: "He's a nice fella."
  • The words that best describe me: Quiet, loves to laugh, judgmental.

 


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