Add "The Tomorrow People" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) to the growing
list of shows about special people with superpowers.
Not unlike the once-popular "Heroes," this comic book drama also plays, rather disturb-
ingly, on the thin line between mental illness and genius.
Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) is just your average high school student (who looks 28) who has to be heavily medicated to keep voices from entering his head. Lately, he's had to strap himself in bed at night because he's been known to wake up in strange places. Soon we're told Stephen isn't disturbed. He's one of the Tomorrow People, who can read each other's minds, pop from one physical location to another and move stuff and other people around with their brainpower.
Stephen learns all of this from a band of similarly gifted types: John (Luke Mitchell), Cara (Peyton List) and Russell (Aaron Yoo). They inform him that the father who abandoned him and his mother was not a schizophrenic drifter, but the leader of their kind -- an especially gifted one who may have passed on his traits to Stephen. We also learn that a super-secret government force named Ultra, led by Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino), is out to capture all of the Tomorrow People and wipe them out. Or at least that's what Stephen's new friends tell him.
Jedikiah sees Ultra as the only way to keep a potentially dangerous "master race" from threatening mankind.
While clearly derivative, "The Tomorrow People"
presents a tight little narrative. Long considered mentally ill, Stephen discovers a new "reality" that makes him sound like a paranoid schizophrenic every time he explains it. Like Stephen, the audience can't help but feel conflicted.
Are we on the side of mankind? Or the new, potentially destructive group we've only just discovered? And will Stephen suddenly shift his alleg-
iance to a father he's long resented? What's a Tomorrow Person to do?
All of this takes place in a strange New York, shot on
location but spliced together to create an unrecognizable geography. And every time Stephen catches a subway car, it's empty! Now that's supernatural.
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---Cam's sister visits on "Modern Family" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
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---Off to Italy on "American Pickers" (9 p.m. and 10 p.m., History, TV-PG).
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---Witnesses provide conflicting testimony on "Ironside" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
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private audience on "Nashville" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Hornets attack on "Duck Dynasty" (10 p.m., A&E, TV-PG).
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---Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and Leven Rambin appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).
---Jamie Kilstein and John
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---Tom Hanks sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Lucy Liu, Mark Jacobson and The Weeknd appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Whitney Cummings, Ann Romney and Lissie on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Ethan Dizon, Skylan Brooks and Arctic Monkeys appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Alan Rickman, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jeff Musial and Ylvis visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Sean Hayes on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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