See The Tomorrow People's Latest Take on the Super-powered Teen Origin Story (VIDEO)


Not to disparage the potential of The CW's The Tomorrow People, because it looks like it could be good, but you won't really find anything new in this latest extended trailer. We've seen it before: Handsome teen notices unusual powers. Handsome teen experiences strange things. Handsome teen has an outburst in class and the square teacher is all like, "Excuse me, Mr. Whatever Your Name Is?" Handsome teen confides in beautiful friend and says, "I know it sounds crazy..." Handsome teen harnesses powers, handsome teen uses powers on bully, handsome teen is noticed by secret cabal of other handsome teens with powers, handsome teen learns of a secret war, handsome teen is the key to everything, handsome teen is really handsome! 

But let's look at The Tomorrow People's version of the super-powered teen origin story, shall we? 

Pretty X-Men-y, kinda Heroes-y, sorta Matrix-y, a tad Alphas-y. I'd guess we can all predict the pilot from the opening scene to the closing credits, but we won't get a good idea of the series until we can conduct a four-episode test. Are you planning to tune in?


The Tomorrow People airs Wednesdays this fall on The CW.

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For some reason I saw "People" and "old 70's series" and thought ... omg! The Ingathering is a TV Show! (For some reason, I always remember that book as The Tomorrow People ... /boggles) Alas, I think this is completely different. The book was about the People ... no Tomorrow involved =[

I think I'll give it a go anyway - it's worth a shot. (However, if I laugh as often as I did during the premiere of BatB ... I'm out).
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Definitely watching The Tomorrow People. Looks great.
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Ill probs watch
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I'll try to watch this only because Mark Pellegrino is starring.
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he he he, I had the same thought process.
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Ill tune in!
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Yep, looks great
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I think it looks like a lot of fun. I used to watch the original Tomorrow People when I was a kid and I loved that show. (It was British, but I won't hold that against it) This one looks like it could bring it to a whole new generation of fans. Plus with today's great special effects you can really go to town with a show like this. I say bring it on in spades!!! Wooohooo!!!
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I am torn. The effects looked descent and i am all for superheroes. On the other, so much cliche.
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Lost me at the HADOUKEN scene. WTF.
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I really hope their not going to mess up my rather distant but fond memories of the original.
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Looks pretty awesome to me. Will def be giving it the four episode test.
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I wished the made a Fallen or Lost Room series
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I am totally going to see it
I hope it wi;; be as good as it looks :)
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I will check this show out. Hopefully being a genre CW show it'll last more than two seasons like the very awesome Alphas did. That was a great show and this will take some of the *ouch* away from not being able to watch that anymore.
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Looks like the movie Push from couple years ago but turned tv. As apparently one of the few people who liked the movie I will def give this show a try, especially as my list of shows is shrinking.
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Shows need to look cliche to get off the ground, to look good to execs. It's when they find their feet and take off on their own is when they get good, when they become something more. eg. The Office, Arrested Development
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Getting a 'Generation X' feel from this.
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Man, it looks so cliche.
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I'll probably wait for three or four episodes too see what the general consesus about the show is (sucky - not sucky) and then I'll make my decision.
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I'll give it a whirl. I might be one of the few people who actually loved Heroes till the end and miss it desperately... so this might fill a bid of the Milo Ventimiglia-shaped hole...
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Also, that blonde guy is an Aussie, was in H2O with Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin so 'twill be interesting to see how he does with the American accent. Phoebe's not doing great, but seeing as Claire was given a character with a British accent, she was gonna do better with that than the US accent.
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As Ecclesiastes says, "there is nothing new under the sun." Just because the concept is generic doesn't mean the actual show will be generic. It's all in the execution.

Judging by the trailer, however, this show is going to be so bland it will suck all the joy out of shows in neighboring time slots. Mark Pellegrino promises to be fantastic, the protagonists came off as steaming piles of wangst portrayed by "actors" so incompetent as to be unwatchable.
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I'll wait til you guys post the 4 episode test. Not enough time for another generic supernatural/fantasy show. But if it proves to be good, why not.
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Cant be too bad with Mark Pellegrino in it , I will give it a go.
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I'll probably watch it as I will give any SF-series (is it?) a chance. I've watched a few episodes of the original UK-series recently, but it was a completely different series. There was the cardboard (good for the 70's) scenery, but especially the kids looked like normal kids and not like supermodels in their twenties. This at least gives this new one a really unrealistic start for me.
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Perhaps I'll try it, if the reviews are good.
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Totally. Yes! Sounds a bit cliched but what the hell. I kinda like the actors; Mark Pellegrino playing Lucifer from Supernatural was soo good, it will be interesting to see with this kind of a role played by him! Robbie Amell is awesome too :)
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You're not wrong, majority of the trailer (and therefore the pilot) looks like it'll be a constant eye roll watching. That being said, I like to consider myself a person with an open mind, so while I'm not expecting much, I'll wait and watch before I cast any further judgements.

And yes, although this particualry brand of superhero genre has been done many times before, it doesn't mean it still can't be done well. Last year's Chronicle, anyone? Definitely a great film that overcame the problem.
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Oh boy, more remakes of crap with crap actors. Joy oh joy.
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Is no one going to add Mutant X for potential similarities? New guy has powers, gets caught by opposing organization, breaks out and joins the small gang of "good" guys?

And everyone's forgetting: "There's nothing new under the sun." Since I liked Mutant X and the first season of Heroes, these comparisons give me positive connotations, so I'm definitely going to at least start this.

P.S. Fingers crossed that Mark Pellegrino is a regular.
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agreed... thought the same thing (as for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC) but hey, I'm a sucker for this type of show sooo... yea... I'm sure I'll tune in.
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oh goddess, i love mutant x too.
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Well it stars Peyton List (hubba-hubba!) and she's almost 30, not exactly a teen, so I just hope there aren't too many high-school scenes so we can see them as adults as they are. Oh, and come on, Mark Pellegrino doesn't play the bad guy. He even says so...
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Aaah...now I know where I've seen her. I looked up the name at IMDB after you mentioned it. She's Roger Stirling's wife (or second ex-wife or whatever...I haven't really been paying attention) in Mad Men.
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she was also in smallville!
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She's been just about everywhere. I remember her from Day Break, and, more recently she played a nurse in Flashforward. And a whole bunch of other things.
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I've seen it, but I don't remember any of that. Thanks for the explanation though.
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If you've seen Day Break, Peyton played Ava, the girl D.A. Baxter was having sex with and who gets killed by Buch and ends with her body in the swimming pool. When the Day is repeated Hopper saves her and she tells him about a second package. And if you haven't seen Day Break, none of that matters or makes any sense to you.
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Now that you mention it, I remember that nurse pretty clearly. I never thought about it when I saw her on Mad Men. (I only started watching Mad Men about a year ago). I don't remember her from Day Break or Smallville, but when I saw this trailer, I had a feeling that I had seen her in lots of places over a long time. I just couldn't think of any of them.
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I'll check it out, I'm always in for anything superhero related, I would have watch Alphas but never got around to it and then it got cancelled so I didn't want to watch it and love and and have it end in a shitty way.
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Reminds me of Push. Looks like it's worth checking out, even though all these teens look like they're 30.
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Well 30 isn't too old to play a teen.
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It should be. None of the people in the picture above look anything like a teenager.
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30 is only ten years after a person leaves their teen years behind. So shut-up.
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LOL, they have Sarah Clarke (24's Nina Myers, age 40) playing the mother of the 25-year-old who appears to be the main character.
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Is this show going to tell us that those people are high school students? I really hope not. It would be less believable than their superpowers. If the writers want to use a school environment, they can make them college students or something.

That goes for *all* the shows that have 26-year-olds playing 16-year-olds.
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Yey well, that is your opinion.
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It's almost old enough to have teens.
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Villainous Mark Pellegrino! Nuff said
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I feel like that describes about half the shows I've watched in the past 6 years.
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I love this kind of story, so I would check it out even if I thought that it would suck. But this actually looks kind of good, certainly much better than Alphas and season 3 Heroes. I'm almost excited about it now, even though I feel like there's been a lot of movies and TV shows with a similar theme the past few years.

(Everyone mentions Heroes and Alphas, and X-Men is almost too obvious to mention, but there are also movies like I am number four, Jumper, and Chronicle, and TV shows like The Secret Circle, Teen Wolf, No ordinary family and The nine lives of Chloe King).
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Really hope that this show doesn't end up like Heroes. We all know how that turned out. Hope they take advantage of the potential that they have.
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Haha I remember watching the Tomorrow People on CBBC like a decade ago. Much younger kids though....and British. I liked it though. I wonder what America's beautiful people dramatisation will do with the premise.
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I really believe the superpowers will carry me through the first four episodes, but then a good story better kicks in to hold my attention.
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LUCIFER.

I mean, yes, I will be tuning in. I love superpowers.
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Also, JACOB!!
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Tim with his usual high attitude low facts review.

This is a remake/reboot of a 1973 UK TV series. Alphas, Heroes etc. came MUCH later only the X-Men comics were earlier. There is no similarity with The Matrix at all with the original and a tenuous one with the reboot (long coats makes it the same?)

The evolved humans, Tomorrow People, were called "Homo Superior" (hence the David Bowie lyric "Let me make it plain. You gotta make way for the Homo Superior." - he liked the series).
Recent US TV has done a lot of plundering of other nations TV past & present, with mixed results (Life on Mars, The Office, The Killing etc.). My main concern is the series will be cancelled before it really gets going.
The complaint that the teens are too pretty is pure hypocrisy, considering US audiences wouldn't even watch if they looked normal. e.g. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) in Arrow - a swimsuit model, supposed to be a computer nerd because she wears glasses? Really? US TV needs a few more Mama Fratelli's (the late Anne Ramsey) to balance the books. Plain people can act! No, really.
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Even though that's true the show still looks Alphas-y, Heroes-y and so on.
The complaint about amazingly gorgeous looks is a jab at The CW which has EXCLUSIVELY only hot people on its shows - The Vampire Diaries, Carrie Diaries, the cancelled The Secret Circle and many others. Supernatural is probably the worst looking, but still pretty hot.
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I'm a certified CW junkie, so, yep.
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Seems cool, I'll give it a try.
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I'd watch, I think it'll be a good fit for CW. I don't see myself going crazy over it but, I'll keep track of it if it falls on the right night.
And with this I feel like things are looking better for the CW. I think Arrow helped them in the right direction away from more gossip girl, 90210, etc and just a we bit more action and supernatural stuff.
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Love this already and the dialogue is so NOT retarded so yeah I'll be watching.....
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MARK PELLEGRINO!!!! :)
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So what your saying is that this guy is really handsome? I'll give handsome boy a go if his handsomeness isn't his power - just sayin'...
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I'm already tired by all the handsomeness of actors! Who, by the way, I don't even think can comfortably fit into the twenties-range, let alone pretend to be sixteen. I don't think I will, looks far too generic and predictable to me. Marc Pellegrino could convince me otherwise of course.
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The main guy, referred to a handsome constantly, is 24-25 in real life so he passes for the 20 range. The main girl is 26. I'm not sure about the other two.
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You can probably find it on IMDb. I'm not really that interested, to be honest. The point of the comment was that they are obviously - for the audience - far too old to be playing sixteen convincingly. But thanks for the information, though.
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Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter were 25 or 26 when they started out as high school juniors in Buffy. Turned out OK for them.
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That is far besides the point I was making, but that is indeed true. On the other hand, Mila Kunis was 14 when she auditioned for a role she needed to be 18 for (That 70's Show), and that has worked out damned fine for her, too. Works both ways. I personally just find it more difficult to get into a storyline where people my age suddenly say they are sixteen and are freaking out about handholding. Breaks the illusion.
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Looks standard, clichè and predictable - but pretty people with superpowers AND Marc Pelligrino? Count me in for the first few episodes, at least. :D
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should add Jumper and Push to the list, reminds me more of those.
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This show looks awesome, I think this will be my number one new show next season. I hope it lasts more than one season though and I hope it gets picked up by someone in the UK.
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The original tomorrow people was way before it's time. The reviewer seemed to take the view that this was all old hat and had been done before, disparagingly comparing it to many recent sci fi shows. The original tomorrow people predated all of them and was in fact the first show of it's genre. I hope this show does justice to the name. I'll definitely watch it.
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