'The Tomorrow People' at PaleyFest: Spoilers and more for the new show

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"The Tomorrow People," the new science-fiction show coming to The CW this fall, was the featured panel at the PaleyFest previews in Los Angeles on Saturday (Sept. 7). Producers Greg Berlanti, Julie Plec and Phil Klemmer, director Danny Cannon and actors Robbie Amell and Mark Pellegrino got on stage after a pilot screening.

Keep reading for some of the highlights from that panel.

First of all, I have to add a disclaimer here: I really like this show. "The Tomorrow People" was easily one of my favorite pilots coming on TV this fall. Plus, much like Berlanti and Plec, I was a huge fan of the original series back when Nickelodeon aired reruns.

Check out the video at the bottom of this article to understand what the original series was about.

Anyway, back to the new "Tomorrow People." It's a little complicated to report on everything said during the panel, because that would give away a great deal of plot. And you wouldn't want that, right?

Tidbits I can tell you about include:

  • Robbie Amell, who plays the central character of Stephen, wasn't originally going for that part. Instead, he auditioned for John -- the leader of the underground Tomorrow People movement in the pilot. That part went to Luke Mitchell. Amell is fine with this -- he always thought he was more like the adolescent Stephen.

  • What kind of person is Stephen? Amell said that director Cannon told him to think of "Donnie Darko."

  • Pellegrino plays the antagonist in "The Tomorrow People," Jedekiah. But the actor doesn't think Jedekiah is evil. "I love his passion, his commitment to his cause," Pellegrino explained. "Don't say Jedekiah's a bad guy! I love Jedekiah."

  • The pilot episode introduces the main characters but it does not delve into their back-stories. Later episodes will. Episode 3 focuses on Cara, the female lead. A flashback will show what she was like earlier, and how she found out about her fate.

  • Jason Dohring ("Veronica Mars") will guest-star in another flashback, the one that tells John's story. He will be a "dark and tortured soul" who shows what John might be like without stepping into a leadership role.

  • There may be some love triangles in "The Tomorrow People," but don't expect romance to be at the center of the show. When questioned about it, Julie Plec would only allow that "there are geometric opportunities."

  • "The Tomorrow People" is not some "X-Men" rip-off. The show tries to keep a stronger foot in reality. "We're not in such a hurry to turn this into an all-out comic-books freak-out," Klemmer told the PaleyFest audience.

  • Stephen's father is missing in "The Tomorrow People." This fact is so important that searching for dad is the driving story throughout the first season.

  • In case you missed it, Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey" will provide the voice for the heroes' super-computer, TIM. "I'm not complaining about Cousin Matthew," Plec commented on the choice. "It's kind of awesome."

  • An upcoming character -- who has not yet been cast -- will work closely with Jedekiah at the evil agency, Ultra. Berlanti described the man as an Emperor to Jedekiah's Darth Vader. "Mark, someone's going to be more evil than you. Are you ready for that?" Berlanti asked.

  • Despite being paired with "Arrow" -- and despite sharing an executive producer in Berlanti and despite Robbie being the cousin of that show's star, Stephen Amell -- don't expect a crossover. This is a disappointment to Robbie Amell. "I'm Batman-obsessed, so Stephen pitched a way for me to come on as Bruce Wayne," the actor said. "If they wanted me to play a tree, I would play a tree on 'Arrow.'"

  • The Tomorrow People can't kill. It's considered an evolutionary thing in the show. And it's awesome. As Cannon put it, "The next stage in evolution can't kill? That's beautiful."

  • The best audience question ever was directed at Mark Pellegrino: "Have you ever played anyone who liked his brother?"

"The Tomorrow People" premieres Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. on The CW.

Photo/Video credit: The CW