The 2013 Fall TV Preview: The New Shows on The CW & CBS
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE
Created By Greg Berlanti & Julie Plec & Phil Klemmer
Premiere Date: Wednesday, October 9 at 9PM
Premise: (from The CW's press release, May 2013) They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities - the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a "normal" teenager - until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen's issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity.
Thoughts: Damon Lindelof's interview in Vulture about the summer movie blockbuster is so effective that it's effect trickles into television and basically derails The Tomorrow People, for me, before the first act break. The Tomorrow People is a British import--another one of those series about people with extraordinary abilities. The difference between TMP and Alphas or HEROES is that the Tomorrow People are superior to human beings. Main character Stephen isn't just a normal teenager, he's the chosen one; and his family has deep roots in the battle between ultras, the baddies, and the Tomorrow People, the goodies. The government wants to neutralize the tomorrow people with containment centers, and my eyes glazed over really quickly. The creative team behind this series is great. Berlanti and Plec entertained me for many hours over many years, but the pilot doesn't click. Robbie Amell's okay but sort of flat in the lead. The other actors, besides Mark Pellegrino, play plot devices instead of characters. There is a deluge of this kind of storytelling right now which means a series needs to really stand out. TMP doesn't out of the gate, but there's plenty of time for the writers to find the show.
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