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CW’s Wednesday dramas ‘Arrow’ and ‘Tomorrow People’ feature cousins Stephen and Robbie.
SAN DIEGO — When first cousins star in their own TV shows on the same night and network – Stephen Amell on Arrow and Robbie Amell on The Tomorrow People (CW, Wednesday) – a little one-upsmanship isn’t surprising.

“Well, I do have one superpower,” Stephen, 32, says of his green-hooded Oliver Queen, who credits his character’s resolve to surviving five trying years on a remote island. “I have no fear anymore of anything.”

“I have (a bevy) of superpowers. It’s awesome,” Robbie, 25, says of his character, Stephen Jameson, whose skills include telepathy, teleportation and telekinesis.

Stephen seeks an advantage. “It kind of rings hollow if you don’t have a superhero suit.”

Robbie pauses for a comeback, thinking about Jameson and his fellow Tomorrow People. “They have leather jackets.”

The banter is constant as the Toronto natives, who look and act like brothers (their fathers are) , discuss second-year Arrow — which last season followed Oliver’s efforts at vengeance after years in exile — and freshman People, about youths with extraordinary powers who represent the next phase in human evolution. Both series premiere this week.

The senior-junior dynamic goes beyond the actors’ ages and their series’ tenures to the characters themselves, says Arrow and People executive producer Greg Berlanti, who joined the Amells for an interview at Comic-Con in July.

“What’s so exciting for me about having them on the same night is that they’re two different kinds of actors, two different kinds of people and two different kinds of heroes,” he says. “One is sort of the more boyish hero, coming into manhood, and the other is a wounded man who’s come home a changed person and is trying to redeem himself and find his humanity again.”

Berlanti knew Robbie from an appearance on his former ABC series Brothers and Sisters, and met Stephen in an audition session for Oliver. After he cast Stephen, Berlanti helped Robbie get a green card so he could work in the United States.

Now, both actors are shooting in Vancouver. “That’s the punch line,” Berlanti says. “We immediately sent them both back to Canada.”

Stephen says Season 2 of Arrow feels like a new show, as it follows Oliver in the aftermath of his failure to save part of the Glades section of Starling City from destruction and the death of his closest friend, Tommy Merlyn.

“As much of a catalyst as spending five years on an island was for him, the death of Tommy is bigger. And it’s going to impact everything that he does and the person that he’s trying to be,” Stephen says. “We have all of our returning characters, but every single one of them is in a very different place.” Oliver’s mother Moira, played by Susanna Thompson, “is in prison and Oliver is not even in Starling City at the beginning of the season. It’s a very different show.”

Berlanti sees continuing transformation for Oliver on Arrow, which last season was CW’s most-watched show (4.4 million) and trailed only The Vampire Diaries among young-adult viewers.

“The show’s always been very much a journey from the character we meet in the pilot, which is almost a prisoner of war, a vigilante, to becoming the hero that we know, the Green Arrow,” he says. “Last year was about revenge and this year the city needs something very different. And his journey is a little bit more hopeful there. Concurrently, we’re watching his adventures on the island, where he’s getting darker and darker because he had to become more of an animal to survive. So, as he darkens there, hopefully he can regrow some of his humanity at home.”

On People, a confused Jameson, adjusting to his new powers, must decide whether to go underground with the Tomorrow People or enlist with his uncle, Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino), who is hunting them down.

“All of these Tomorrow People come from a really damaged situation, because they all thought they were losing their minds. They were hearing people in their heads,” Robbie says. “My mom – I can’t tell her I have superpowers – still wants me on my medication. I’m good, but what reason does she have to believe me? I didn’t just wake up one morning and get better.”

One thing the cousins’ characters have in common is a propensity to go shirtless. Stephen says that makes sense for Oliver, including upcoming flashback scenes from his time on the island.

“The thing that really should be jarring about that is that he has three scars. And now, in the present, he’s got like 30 scars on his body. So it’s an important part of the story. (And) the three tattoos he has, they all mean something.”

Pushed on the hunk factor involved, he concedes: “It is TV. We’re not mapping the human genome. We’re trying to entertain people.”

Berlanti interrupts. “On Tomorrow People, we actually are mapping the human genome, just so you know.”

Robbie goes shirtless to comic effect in Episode 2.

“I hop out of the shower and (fellow People rebel) Cara (Peyton List) is talking to me telepathically, but I think she’s in the room,” he says. “So I freak out and I flip around and I’m only in a towel. It’s that sort of thing where I’m still learning these powers. I’m not a stud yet. I’m not Stephen in Arrow.”

Stephen counters, “I come out of the shower with purpose,” and promotes a workout regimen that includes personal training, yoga and parkour. “You should join. It’s great,” he tells his cousin.

“I’ll give it a shot,” Robbie says, unenthusiastically.

“Guess what?” Stephen says. “You’re not going to be 25 forever, pal.”

Source: USA Today

LOS ANGELES | Before long, The CW may have to change its name to The Amell.

Stephen Amell stars on the network’s hit series “Arrow.” Cousin Robbie joins him this fall on “The Tomorrow People.”

Add in Robbie’s sister (she, too, acted at one time) and it could be a family hangout.

“We’ve been very lucky,” Robbie says. “When Stephen got ‘Arrow,’ (Warner Bros. executive) Peter Roth said, ‘I’m going to employ your whole family.”

The 25-year-old Amell first got in the Roth game when he starred in a pilot called “Like Father,” which didn’t go to series.

When “Tomorrow People” got in the casting stage, he went in for another role and Roth told him to switch to the lead. Amell did and booked the part. “I’m glad to call him my friend,” he says.

In truth, Amell might have had a career in hockey, not Hollywood.

Growing up in Toronto, he was a “pretty decent” player who had thoughts of going pro when he was through with high school. Then he got a call from an agent to audition for “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.”

“It went fine and I got a call the next day: ‘You booked it.’ I didn’t have a lot of lines but I was in the movie a lot and I got to watch Steve Martin, Eugene Levy and Bonnie Hunt — incredible professionals doing such amazing things. It was one of those total life-changing moments. I called my coach and said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not coming back next year.'”

He chose acting classes instead, was cast in a Disney show, “Life with Derek,” and worked his way through several series guest spots.

In the 2011 season, he landed a regular role in “1600 Penn,” the lead in “Like Father” and Marc Cherry’s pilot, “Hallelujah.”

When “The Tomorrow People” hit his radar, Amell was appropriately cautious.

“I’ve been very lucky, very blessed to be in a slew of projects, some I thought were going to go and some I thought weren’t,” he says. “There’s no such thing as a sure thing in this business. But I learned from every single one of them.”

The best approach: “Put your head down and do the best work you can.

“I love my job. If I don’t get excited about it, I may not bring the same passion to the role. I don’t want to get bitter. I just want to get better…and move on to the next one.”

Now, though, Amell has a chance to live out a dream.

“I’ve been preparing for this role since I was a little kid, playing make-believe with friends.”

In the series — based on a British original — he plays a high school student who discovers he has special powers. He teleports, hears voices and becomes one of the Tomorrow People, a generation of humans with paranormal abilities. Unfortunately, there are others who would like to stop his kind.

In the early episodes, he has trouble harnessing the powers — and keeping the secret.

“I stumble when I land on teleports. I struggle with my powers.”

Great special effects — which weren’t available 10 years ago — make it work.

“If it looks fake you won’t buy the premise,” Amell says. “But this is incredible. It’s so much fun. When you’re an adult or a kid everybody has imagined or fantasized about being able to teleport, read people’s minds, fly, be invisible. You name it and I get to act it…with these big budgets.”

Even better? Amell is just a few blocks away from cousin Stephen.

“My best advice from him was about where to live.”

Also filming in Vancouver, Stephen Amell sent him a map with his address pinned. “I got a jump on everybody looking for places to live. Now we have football Sundays at his place.”

And “The Tomorrow People”? “I just want to put out a good product. What we’ve shot I’m very proud of…it’s phenomenal.”

Source: Sioux City Journal

Robbie Amell is the star of the upcoming TV show, The Tomorrow People, a sci-fi epic that follows the story of Stephen Jameson, your average teenager who just so happens to be able to teleport and read minds. The Tomorrow People are evolutionarily advanced humans with extraordinary abilities… The show follows them, and their struggle with Ultra, a company that wishes to destroy them all. Amell’s character quickly finds himself caught in the middle of these two worlds and looks for a balance between the two as he discovers his true identity.

MTV Geek had the opportunity to chat with Amell about the show, his favorite things about it, and what exactly it’s like to work with the great big baddie himself, Mark Pellegrino:

MTV Geek: With your character, Stephen, we’re presented with a coming-of-age story only on an extraordinary level. Did you relate to your character at all as you were filming? And how much of the show is going to focus on the life of a typical teenager versus a very gifted one living in this fantastic world?
Robbie Amell: I definitely related to the character. One of the things Danny [Cannon] said is ‘I want you to play this as real as possible, as if this was really happening to you, hearing someone else’s voice in your head, waking up in weird places’ – that would be terrifying. The nice thing was to be able to play the character as grounded as possible, even though it’s in this extraordinary world with incredible circumstances. I feel like we’ve had to bring that to the whole show. All our writers, and producers, and directors want it to feel as grounded as possible, which I think allows people to relate to it while enjoying fantastic elements. As far as the rest of the series goes, there’s not going to be a lot of stuff at the school. They felt like the school has been done before, which I agree with. You’ve seen the kid in high school, we don’t want to be cliche. More of it is going to be dealing with trying to keep it secret from his family and closest friends. Trying to balance, his life with the Tomorrow People and his life with Ultra, and trying not to let all these worlds cross and mix, because it could mean the worse for the people he loves.

Geek: That’s a lot going on.
Amell: (laughs)

Geek: We know from the pilot that Stephen is particularly gifted. Can you tell us about any additional powers he’s going to develop in the first season beyond the three T’s (teleportation, telepathy, and telekinesis)?
Amell: Well all of the Tomorrow People have the three T’s. In this world, each person kinda has a specialty. John’s specialty is teleporting, Cara’s specialty is telepathy. It just kinda goes like that for each Tomorrow person. You find out in the pilot that I actually have a fourth power, I can stop time. We haven’t addressed if there are going to be more powers or not. I don’t want to sound greedy, I’d always like to have more powers, but four is plenty. I’m very happy with the powers I already have. One of the cool things about the first few episodes–we’re starting episode five tomorrow–you really get to see my character struggle with his powers, because even though I am very powerful and the descendent of one of the original Tomorrow people…

One of the original and most powerful Tomorrow people, my father, I don’t have my abilities honed right away. The nice thing is you get to see the origin story, you get to see me kinda stumble and trip through these powers and not be able to use them exactly how I would like to right off the bat. Which I think is important–if I could use them exactly how I wanted to, I feel like you would miss a part of the story or you would feel like there is something you just didn’t quite get. So you definitely see that through the beginning, which is nice. I think everybody likes a good origin story.

Geek: Now you mentioned Stephen’s father… Obviously there are a few pretty big twists in the pilot as far as Stephen’s family goes. Tell me what it was like acting that out especially working with Mark Pellegrino, who is such a huge fan favorite.
Amell: I was a huge Mark Pellegrino fan before I worked with him, and I’m an even bigger fan of his now. He is unbelievable. I’m a big Lost fan, and when I found out he was playing my uncle… I got a text message from Stephen, my cousin, and all it said was Jason with a big exclamation mark. We were both big Lost fans, we were both huge fans of Mark, who plays Jacob. He knew how excited I was. It was great working with him, it’s incredible. The nice thing is, being a part of Ultra is a big part of my storyline, so I get to do a lot of scenes with him. Jeffery Pierce, who plays my father, is incredible. As of now we’ve only seen him in flashbacks. He’s supposed to be dead, and to be honest with you I don’t know if he is or not because they only let me know a certain amount before we shoot it. But I do really hope there’s some sort of twist there because Jeff is really incredible and working with him would be great.

Geek: What has been your favorite scene to film so far?
Amell: Oh I’m sure I’m not allowed to get into too big detail with that

Geek: You don’t have to spoil too much.
Amell: (laughs) There was one day of shooting where it was a big chase scene, where I’m chasing another breakout and my commanding officer at Ultra is chasing the breakout as well, and we’re trying to get him. It kinda turns into a three person fight. It went from a rooftop, through an abandoned building. There’s a ton of teleports, I get pushed off a roof.. It was one of those moments where, as a kid, this is what I would do when I was young, I would play make-believe with friends, pretend we were power rangers or x-men or any kind of superhero. I’m getting to do that every day but with a budget my imagination can only dream of.

Geek: What’s it like on set? Anything particularly funny happen or a story you want to share?
Amell: It doesn’t feel like the first season. Danny Cannon, our director from the pilot, directed episodes two and three. That was incredible. He really set the tone, the crew is fantastic and he had worked with a bunch of them before. It feels like we’re running a well-oiled machine for only having done a few episodes. And we have an unbelievable cast. There’s no divas, there’s no egos. You might say we have a boring set because everyone is actually really nice and everyone is happy to be here. But I’ll take that over a dramatic set with some crazy people any day.

Geek: Now, we know the story tells about the tomorrow people and Stephen’s personal struggles. But if you had to describe what the show is really about at it’s core in one word, what would it be? Would it be friendship? Family? Love? Destiny?
Amell: Family is a great one. Relationships is a great one. You know, like you said… It’s this incredible sci-fi, action, character-driven drama, but at it’s core it’s really about the relationships between these people. It’s got an exciting backdrop in this world where we have real people living in this incredible environment.

Geek: Now I think you mentioned a little while ago that you’re a sci-fi fan, or a superhero fan.
Amell: Absolutely.

Geek: What’s your favorite sci-fi, whether it’s a book, a movie… ?
Amell: Um, my favorite superhero is Batman, for sure. I love Batman Begins. I’ve been Batman so many times for Halloween, I don’t know how many. I’m a huge Batman fan, I would love to play him one day. A little more Sci-Fi-esque… I’m a big fan of The Matrix, I love the Matrix movies. I love that kind of world where, very similar to Stephen, you’ve got that chosen one storyline. It’s really nice when they’re huge, and crazy and completely insane, they still try to ground them in real life because it allows you to relate to them.

Geek: If you could have one of your character’s powers for a day, which one would you pick and what would you do?
Amell: Only a day?

Geek: Only a day!
Amell: Oh, I’d either want to be able to stop time or teleport. Telekinesis would be awesome, but, I don’t know, I feel like I’d get myself in trouble with that. Telepathy would be horrible because nobody wants to know what everyone is thinking about them at all times. Teleportation would be really fun. I would probably teleport… there are rules to teleporting on the Tomorrow People, we can only go a certain distance, you really have to build up your powers. If they were my powers for a day and I only had them for a day, I would break some of those rules. I’d probably have a 24 hour around-the-world… I’d see everything I want to see around the world in 24 hours.

Geek: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Amell: Oh, man. Um… Probably burgers. I’m a big burger fan.

Geek: A classic.
Amell: Yeah. Then maybe I can cheat the system and I can have turkey burgers, and chicken burgers, and regular burgers.

Geek: What is your favorite movie that you can see over and over again and never get tired of watching?
Amell: American Psycho. (laughs)

Geek: Interesting choice.
Amell: I’ve loved that movie for a long time. I was watching it one time and my dad phoned me and he asked me what I was doing and I told him. He said ‘Oh, you’re watching my movie’. I kinda laughed it off – I just figured he was making a weird dad joke. Then he brought it up again and I was like ‘What are you talking about?’ It turns out American Psycho was shot in Toronto and my dad was an extra in it. He used to do background work. Sure enough he had me fast forward to a specific scene and he played the bartender in the background. If you know him and you’re looking for him, you can pick him off super easily. I couldn’t believe it. I had watched the movie seven, eight times and I had never seen him. And all I thought was what if he had died and I watched it and saw him in the background and I never knew?

Geek: That would be pretty intense.
Amell: (laughs)

Geek: Alright, my last fun, getting-to-know you question… If you had a tail, as in an animal tail. what would you want to have and why?
Amell: Which animal’s tail?

Geek: Yes.
Amell: Um… Can I pick a rottweiler’s since it would be super small and I could probably hide it?

Geek: Sure, if you want.
Amell: (laughs) Either that or… um… I’m trying to think of who has cool tails. A horse tail wouldn’t be that bad. They tend use it to hit flies off their body, so I feel like I could mess with people with that. But no tail would be best, so the smaller the better.

Source: MTV Geek

One of the most anticipated new fall shows is definitely The Tomorrow People on the CW. It follows the lives of a group of humans that have evolved to have special powers, which is why they are referred to as “tomorrow people.” At the CW Television Critics Association Press Day (TCAs), the executive producers and cast discussed the show and what viewers should expect.

Check out six things to know about the new series, The Tomorrow People:

Robbie Amell didn’t get the role because his last name is “Amell.” He may be the cousin of Arrow’s Stephen Amell, but that wasn’t how he got the job. Robbie previously worked with Greg Berlanti on Brothers and Sisters and the producer also helped him get his Green Card. He was originally brought in to audition for the role of John (now played by Luke Mitchell). Later, he auditioned for Stephen and was cast in that role.

The show is based on a 1970s British series of the same name. Berlanti said it won’t be a direct remake, “We would like to be true to the spirit of the show, I think, you know. And certainly we have we have character names and things like that, but our hope is that we kind of evolve and it’s its own thing.”

Jedikiah is a hero. At least according to the character’s portrayer, Mark Pellegrino, “From the first scene. Yeah, I always think that the characters I’m playing are justified in their actions and heroic in nature. And I’m protecting the human race, so as far as I’m concerned, you know, you got to do dirty things sometimes to protect four, five, six billion people, how many folks are populating the planet?”

Cara is a kick-ass woman. Julie Plec reflected a moment in the pilot where Cara “throws out her hand and she blows somebody off. ” and thought in that moment she was “a badass chick.” Plec describes her as a “no nonsense, take no prisoners, can really, really, really kick butt, really is a very strong heroine, but also has this deep backstory that makes her an incredibly compassionate, almost it’s almost in that her empathy for others is her Achilles heel. So it’s kind of it’s a great character for a woman.”

Expect awesome fight scenes. The Tomorrow People uses the same fight choreographers and stunt coordinators as Arrow. (Arrow has the best action scenes on television.)

Episodes will be both standalone and contribute to a larger mythology and story arc. Berlanti explained how each hour will be set up, “We’ll be doing a couple different things that make it hopefully standaloney …. One of the things we’ll be doing is we slowly dole out the histories and the breakout stories of the different individuals … and so we’ll be telling little mini-flashback stories that kind of tell a story about how they, kind of, ultimately joined ‘The Tomorrow People.'” And, the other reason he gave is a bit spoilery, so you’ll have to tune in to the pilot to find out.

The Tomorrow People premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 9 pm ET on the CW.

Source: BuddyTV

The Tomorrow People, a sci-fi action series about a group of genetically mutated (and attractive!) young adults starring Robbie Amell, was shown today at San Diego Comic-Con as part of the annual Warner Bros. Television pilot screening event. In fact, the event kicked off what’s going to be a packed line-up of fun going on through Sunday.

So what did the crowd have to say?

EW sampled some of the reactions to the show, which is based off the British series that aired in the ’70s. Though, it’s worth noting, that much of the audience polled weren’t familiar with the original series, which audience member Nonie Kimpitak thinks won’t count against the upcoming CW show in any way, as it is an easy world to jump into. “I think, at this point, there are a lot of remakes and most people aren’t aware that there are originals to anything, and it still works.”

Meanwhile, she adds: ”I thought it was pretty good. It’s a little reminiscent of Heroes and Alphas … it was pretty interesting.”

Robert Godwin, who also attending the 6:30 p.m. screening, said Mark Pellegrino, who plays Dr. Jedikiah Price, head of Tomorrow People-hating paramilitary group Ultra, was a highlight. But Godwin hopes star Amell uses future episodes to “get more into the role and the character.”

Elsewhere, Sanehpal Sira said the fast-paced storylines appealed to him, and while he had some concerns, the biggest indicator of the show’s quality is that the pilot kept his attention. “It was entertaining enough to where I sat through the whole thing and didn’t leave. And here, you’re at Comic-Con, there are so many things to see. The fact that we stayed for the whole thing is a good sign.”

TV viewers will have their chance to weigh in on the show when it airs on the CW Oct. 9, and Comic-Con attendees will have a second chance to see the show when it screens before The Tomorrow People panel, taking place Saturday from 5:55-6:55 p.m. in Room 6BCF.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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