The CW’s snazzy remake of 1970’s British children’s TV classic The Tomorrow People is one of the most-anticipated shows of the new US TV season. Executive produced by Phil Klemner (Chuck), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow), the show is already promising to be surprisingly faithful to the spirit and ethos of the original series but the recent announcement that Nicholas Young, who played Tomorrow People ‘leader’ John throughout the six year run of the 1970’s has joined the cast of the new series suggested that ties to the original show might be stronger than we’d first thought. But then maybe not. It appears that Young won’t be reprising the role of John but will be playing a character named Aldus Crick, a scientist who discovered and studied the first generation of homo superior. TV Guide reports that in the new series Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) will believe that Crick may have information which will help him solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance, a plot strand which appears to form the backbone of the new series. It transpires that helping Stephen will put Crick in danger from ULTRA, the secret organisation determined to wipe out the Tomorrow People. ULTRA’s leader Jedikiah Price (fans of the original series will recognise the nods towards the classic show) is played by Mark Pellegrino (Lost) whilst Nicholas Young is rumoured to appear in the eighth and ninth episodes of the series. No word yet on whether other talented stars from the 1970s series such as Mike Holoway, Dean Lawrence and Misako Koba will be making their way to the new series but Starburst prefers to play it safe at this stage and suggest that it’s unlikely.
The Tomorrow People will debut on October 9th on the CW in the US arriving on E4 in the UK shortly afterwards, transmission date yet to be confirmed.
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