Fall TV Preview: 'The Tomorrow People'
By ROBERT PACE
August 26, 2013
As Stephen Amell gears up for Season 2 of his action-adventure series Arrow, his cousin, Robbie, is just weeks away from premiering his CW sci-fi series The Tomorrow People. ET takes a look inside the new series.
Amell plays a character—coincidentally named "Stephen"—who suffers an identity crisis when he begins to hear voices and teleport in his sleep. He then discovers that he is one of a genetically advanced race called the "Tomorrow People" with superhuman powers, including telekinesis, telepathy, and teleportation.
As he grapples with his newfound abilities, Stephen has little time to embrace his new lifestyle. He and his other superhuman friends are being chased by Ultra, a group of scientists led by "Dr. Jedikiah Price" (Mark Pellegrino) that wants to exterminate the Tomorrow People.
Jedikiah isn't the archetypical bad guy, though. Luke Mitchell ("John Young") says that even the man who is perceived as a villain in the series is relatable for viewers.
"Most of the main characters are, I hope, likeable in some way," the Australian actor said. "Even the bad guy, Jedikiah, he's got a purpose and he's got a point of view. I think that's the beauty of it. You watch it and you go, 'There's no one that really stands out as being the good guy.' Everyone's got their flaws and everyone's got their pros."
This is hardly the first Tomorrow People to hit the small screen, as it's based on a British children's sci-fi series that ran from 1973 to 1979. A revival of the show also aired from 1992 to 1995. The show also bears the name of a 1960 sci-fi novel by Judith Merril, but the two stories are unrelated.
Regardless of the sci-fi undertone, Mark Pellegrino—who is also related to Stephen Amell, his nephew—says the show is mainly about human relationships, which justifies its classification in the drama genre.
"Even though it's a sci-fi show and they're special effects and all kinds of superhuman stuff going on, when it's all said and done it's about the human relationships between people and loyalty and belonging," said Pellegrino, who is best known for his role as "Jacob" on Lost.
Watch the video above for the full interviews and a clip from The Tomorrow People, which premieres October 9 at 9 p.m. on the CW.