A new day for CW with 'Tomorrow People'

LOS ANGELES - It's "T time" for the CW Network with the launch of "The Tomorrow People."

The series is the latest American version of a popular British TV program. It looks at the next step in human evolution where a handful of people - mostly those who are young and good looking - have the powers of telepathy, telekinesis and teleportation. They're a triple threat if they have all three.

There wouldn't be much "D" - as in drama - if all they did was walk around using their minds to bend spoons or take cheap vacations. But those with special powers are being hunted by Ultra, a secret organization (isn't it always a secret organization?) looking to enlist them.

"The Tomorrow People" stars Robbie Amell ("Revenge"), Luke Mitchell ("H20: Just Add Water"), Peyton List ("Mad Men"), Aaron Yoo ("Disturbia"), Mark Pellegrino ("Lost") and Madeleine Mantock ("All You Need is Kill").

It wouldn't be a CW show if the main objective of Ultra's attention - Stephen (Amell, cousin of Stephen Amell who stars on the CW Network series "Arrow") - was old and gray. As with so many of the network's dramas, Stephen is a high school student who juggles homework, teen angst and all those special powers.

Executive producer Phil Klemmer says this is a coming-of-age story.

"By the time you get to college, for me, you're kind of formed. I just think the most sort of fraught period in any of our lives is high school," Klemmer says. "That's why there's so many just archetypical high school moments. To me it's something we can all relate to, because it's something that sort of sticks with us our entire lives. It's the period when we're searching for ourselves and searching to define ourselves and it's just much more poignant."

And just like "Nikita," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Vampire Diaries," "The Tomorrow People" features strong female characters, including Peyton List as Cara, one of the leaders of the superpowers gang being chased by Ultra. Although her recent work was on "Mad Men," List has experience in the sci-fi / fantasy TV genre with "Smallville" and "FlashForward."

"I love the genre. And it makes you feel really empowered when you have these superpowers and you're doing these special effects and these stunts and these fights. It's exciting to go to work when you have all that in front of you," List says. "I feel like on this show we also have a lot of character driven story, so that sort of comes into play as well as the fantasy and the sci-fi side of it.

"These characters are very much like real people and dealing with kind of extreme circumstances, but they're trying their best to handle and make the right decisions in what they're facing, so I'm enjoying that part of it as well."


9 p.m. Wednesday