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.