A remake of the original British TV series of the same name, “The Tomorrow People” is an American sci-fi show that was developed by Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, and Julia Plec that premiered in October 2013. The series follows a group of young people who possess psionic powers as the result of human evolution.
Perhaps the most unique selling point of the series was the fact that it had a generally unknown cast such as the likes of Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Peyton List, Aaron Yoo, Mark Pellegrino, and Madeleine Mantock. Robbie Amell plays main protagonist Stephen Jameson, who discovers that he has paranormal abilities. He then learns that others like him (Luke Mitchell as John Young, Peyton List as Cara Coburn, Aaron Yoo as Russell Kwon) have gone into hiding because they’re being hunted by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra.
The futuristic-themed show, produced by the same team behind “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”, saw great potential and it performed well in the beginning but the ratings fell over the course of the season, dropping as low as a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.24 million viewers. Then, “The Tomorrow People” moved to Monday nights and lost even more viewers.
In April, The Tomorrow People hit a series low, drawing just 760,000 viewers. Oh dear..
After the (Season 1) finale, in an exclusive interview with EW, executive producer Phil Klemmer hinted about what’s to come for Season 2 of “The Tomorrow People”:
Season 2 is going to pick up a good deal into the future, and in a lot of ways, episode 201 will be like a second pilot where we catch up with our characters very much like adults. Stephen was a high school student in season 1. I think we sort of exhausted the plausibility or just the dramatic usefulness of that. It was about his family, it was about a young man trying to find out who he is and what he is and who his father is and what his father did and etc. etc. And season 2, he will know who he is, and the question will really be how he chooses to use his powers. And so it’s really interesting. I think our characters are so strong that they can really withstand a seismic shift in the world that they’re inhabiting, so if we flash forward into the future years, I think that’s, to me, really interesting.
Despite plenty of story opportunities for a second season, it’s not going to happen because The CW cancelled the series after only one season. Yup. This is oh, only one of our worst fears!
Upon the announcement, Luke Mitchell took to Twitter to say: