January 28, 2013 12:20pm PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
Greg Berlanti, Julie Plec's 'Tomorrow People' Among CW Pilot Orders
The CW continued with its pilot orders Monday with orders out to projects from Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec as well as Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
The new orders -- for Tomorrow People and Blink, respectively -- join six other efforts already in contention at the network, including a Plec-produced Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals.
Tomorrow People, based on a 1970s U.K. drama series, tells the story of young people around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution and possess special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with one another telepathically. Together, they work to defeat the forces of evil.
The drama entry will prove a reunion for executive producers Berlanti (Arrow) and Plec (Vampire Diaries), who have long shared a passion for the ’70s U.K. series, which reran on Nickelodeon during the mid-'90s. The pair, who worked together on The WB's Dawson's Creek, brought aboard Political Animals writer-producer Phil Klemmer to pen the pilot. Berlanti Productions' Melissa Kellner Berman will co-executive produce the effort, which hails from FremantleMedia and Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti is under an overall deal.
For its part, Blink is being billed as a warm, quirky, humorous drama about a family whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when the patriarch has a car accident resulting in a coma-like syndrome that leaves him unable to speak or move but able to see and hear all. His narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation.
Awkward’s Vera Herbert will pen the pilot and serve as a supervising producer, with Smash’s David Marshall Grant executive producing alongside Timberman and Beverly. The hourlong effort is set up at CBS TV Studios, where Timberman-Beverly has a deal.
Berlanti is repped by WME and Felker Toczik, Plec is repped by WME, Klemmer is repped by Sloane Offer, Herbert is repped by Gersh, and Grant is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.