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Tomorrow People Producers, Stars Reveal How They'll Stand Out From the Super-Powered Pack

Tomorrow People Premiere RecapThe CW adds a new group of telegenic super-powered heroes to its lineup with The Tomorrow People‘s debut tonight at 9/8c.

But what sets this series apart from both its UK predecessor and the myriad other Hollywood takes about normal folks with extraordinary abilities (see also: Heroes, X Men, etc)?

Below, the executive producers and stars sound off on that burning question. Plus: Is Mark Pellegrino’s baddie really that evil? Which trio is going to form a love triangle? And when’s Jason Dohring showing up?

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TAKING INSPIRATION | Although the new CW drama is based on the UK program of the same name about young people who possess powers of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathy, executive producer Danny Cannon maintains, “Our version of it is very different. It takes the premise of ordinary people with exceptional abilities and then we run with it a little further.” As for what distinguishes this show from the original series, Cannon believes it’s “the stakes. We’re a little less sci-fi. We’re a little more grounded. But it’s a larger show with a larger scope.”

DO NO HARM | The show’s hero, high schooler-turned-super human Stephen, and his kind can inflict some serious damage, but they’re genetically unable to destroy their enemies. “It’s very cool,” says star Robbie Amell (Revenge, Pretty Little Liars). “I think it separates it from most other superhero stories. You find out some really interesting information about the gene within us that stops us from killing.” Perhaps they should try to find a cure for that because while Stephen is “definitely honing in on [his] abilities,” he still needs all the help he can get. “I’ve spent most of the first nine episodes getting the crap kicked out of me,” reveals Amell.

THREE’S A CROWD | What’s a CW show without a love triangle? Look for Stephen to grow close to fellow Tomorrow People member Cara (Mad Men‘s Peyton List), a development that won’t sit well with her boyfriend (and group leader), John (Home and Away‘s Luke Mitchell). “As Cara’s point of view gets more and more human [and] grounded in humanity as a result of Stephen’s heroism, John is going to notice the bond between them and maybe not like it so much,” previews exec producer Julie Plec, who hints that the triangle could evolve into a quadrangle with the arrival of Stephen’s pal, Astrid.

“Astrid is that person that you have in your life that you want to be able to be open with and tell everything to, like the Joey to his Dawson,” describes Plec, referencing the early days of Dawson’s Creek when the characters would just “lay on the bed and open up and tell [their] whole life stories before things even turn sexual or romantic.” Unfortunately for the besties, “the first thing [Stephen has] got to start doing is telling [Astrid] lies, blowing her off and missing their hangout dates.”

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Tomorrow People Season 1 SpoilersBAD GUY, GOOD INTENTIONS | The Tomorrow People’s biggest foe is Dr. Jedikiah Price, the head of the government organization Ultra, which hunts super men and women. But his portrayer, go-to antagonistic Mark Pellegrino (Lost), is praying that you won’t judge his character too harshly. “Jedikiah’s got a dirty business, unfortunately,” says the actor. “He’s got to do dirty things to do a great thing in the end. Saving the human race is not something for the faint of heart. It’s not for somebody who’s not rather fanatical about what they think. I hope [viewers] can see past that passion and into the human thing that motivates him.”

BACK TO THE PAST | The Tomorrow People can’t time travel,  but the show will regularly use flashbacks to explore the characters’ origins. Episode 4, for example, shines a spotlight on John’s story and features guest star and Veronica Mars fave Jason Dohring.

Comments (20)

  • Looking forward to this show. I hope that this doesn’t end up disappointing me like ‘Agents of SHIELD’, ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Vampire Diaries’.

    Comment by sabrina – October 9, 2013 05:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, of you were disappointed by those three shows, I don’t know how much you’ll end up liking this one.

      Comment by iMember – October 9, 2013 05:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s the CW, of course it’s going to disappoint anyone over the age of 15.

      Comment by Alex – October 9, 2013 05:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you know that the writers of Arrow and Vampire Diaries are the same with Tomorrow People right? Julie Plec and Andrew Kreisberg are exec producers of this show.

      Comment by Farley Ong – October 9, 2013 05:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’s actually Greg Berlanti.

        Comment by Daniel – October 9, 2013 06:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another Plec show…with another “triangle.” Ugh. I think I’m gonna have to pass. TVD’s triangle and squares have just burned me out.

    Comment by Amanda – October 9, 2013 06:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was exactly what I was just thinking when I read about a love triangle the one on TVD made me stop watching the show so I’m not liking the idea of her being in charge of another one!

      Comment by Natalie – October 9, 2013 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really wanted to like this show but it just looks so boringly generic. There’s absolutely nothing special or different about it from what I’ve seen in the promos.

    Comment by dude – October 9, 2013 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CAN’T. WAIT!!!!!

    Comment by TL – October 9, 2013 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Tomorrow People is destined to have potential. Didn’t know it was actually a remake of the original UK series of the same title.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – October 9, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “We’re a little less sci-fi.”
    well there goes my interest. All the super-power shows lately have been “a little less scifi”. Honestly, a bit more scifi wouldn’t kill anyone.

    Comment by liz – October 9, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • one of the reasons I love Beauty and the Beast so much is that there ISNT a love triangle. Its so dang refreshing to see two adults in a committed relationship. Like omg.

    Comment by liz – October 9, 2013 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it may not have a love triangle but the two especially Cat behaves like a twilight teen obsessed with a guy. They have cheesy dialogue like OMG you two are epiclove, we are meant to be together, lol and they havent been in a relationship long and barely know one another. Cat has sacrificed everything (friends, family, job, self etc) for Vincent, in the name of love rolleyes, tell me thats healthy for a woman to be doing that.

      Comment by Frostiron – October 9, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • you know an awful lot about it to speak so harshly. why do you watch that show then? *confused*

        Comment by teee – October 10, 2013 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John and Cara should be like a “married couple”, they just give me that vibe and stephen their little brother.

    No triangle please this is turning me off. Cant a male and female just have a good platonic relationship. Cara looks way too older for Stephen and should just have a brother-sister like relationship

    Comment by Tron – October 9, 2013 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

      Comment by Tron – October 9, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • way too old is pushing it. a little, yes. peyton is only 2 years older than stephen. and we don’t know what their ages are on the show. i’m just saying age shouldn’t be a factor here.

      Comment by teee – October 10, 2013 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Age should be a factor if Stephen is still in high school and Cara is older than him. She looks like a cougar lady next to Robbie regardless of her being only two years older than him in real life. She looks older than being in her twenties in my opinion.

        Comment by Radha – October 18, 2013 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, so we have the antagonist with good intentions, love triangles, flashbacks and superpowers and the thing that distinguishes it from the lot is “it’s not too sci-fi”? Way to kill my enthusiasm.

    Comment by Alan Martins Rodrigues – October 10, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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