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The Chronicle (2001-2)
Created by Silvio Horta

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel's original series, The Chronicle (aka: News From The Edge), was a promising addition to their line-up with a talented cast, creative scripts and a unique spin on the tabloid world. Given the proper time to develop it might have proved to be solid show for the channel.
   The Chronicle played to the cutting edge and bizarre. The show began when a scandal involving a Pulitzer Prize winning story written by journalism graduate Tucker Burns (Chad Willett), gets him fired from his prestigious job and ruins his reputation. The only journalism job he can find is at the only paper that will have him, The World Chronicle, a supermarket tabloid that prints stories about alien abductions, Elvis sightings, supernatural being and such. The World Chronicle had a rather odd staff too; a psychic receptionist who likes to make crank calls to Miss Cleo, Sal the Pig Boy (Curtis Armstrong) who runs an exotic (and possibly extra-terrestrial) computer archive system, and Donald Stern (Jon Polito), the editor-in-chief and owner of the paper.
   Better than Freaky Links, funnier than The X-Files, this show was is delightful from the first episode. As you may realise I am speaking in the past tense here. As of summer 2003 the Sci-Fi Channel cancelled this programme. As of September 2003, Canada's Space: The Imagination Station has picked up the series starting with Part One of the pilot.
   If done properly, this show could have been excellent. As it stands now, it was nothing more than a curious misnomer.
cast of The Chronicle

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