The Only Way to Survive is to Evolve.
Is The Tomorrow People a bid by The CW for a sci-fi audience? The network has several genre shows but not sci-fi. Showrunners Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and stars Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Peyton List, Mark Pellegrino, Madeleine Mantock and Aaron Yoo spoke about their new fall show today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour.
Based on a 70s show, The Tomorrow People is The X-Men without “silly costumes”, as someone put it, and tells the story of a group of young people who represent the next stage in human evolution. Newbie Steven Jamieson (Robbie Amell) discovers he has the power of teleportation when he wakes up shirtless in a strange couple’s bed. He discovers other like him who have special powers like telekinesis and telepathy: people like Cara (Peyton List), John (Luke Mitchell) and Russell (Aaron Yoo). But a paramilitary group of scientists called Ultra are hunting them down, led by the sadistic Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino). And the only way to survive is to evolve.
The Tomorrow People filmed its pilot in New York City where the show is set and then moved production of the series to sci-fi nexus Vancouver, where it’s been filming for the past two weeks. I caught the series on location in the 600 block of Bute Street in a old house late last Friday afternoon, with Robbie Amell on set. From the stunt mats going in and out of the house I could tell there was some stunt action going on but so far we haven’t seen much of the show’s stunt sequences. They’ve saved those for building rooftops or the T alley off Dunsmuir between Granville and Seymour Streets at night.
Removed the photos of an actor I mis-identified as Luke Mitchell.
The Tomorrow People debuts on Wednesday, October 9th, after Arrow.