Television

Pilot news: Yes on 'Tomorrow People,' no on 'Amazon'; 'Young Justice' canceled

Just saw a mixed bag of fall pilot and cancellation news of interest to Geek Watch readers:

First, the good. The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood report that the CW has ordered a pilot for Greg Berlanti’s reboot of “The Tomorrow People.” I wrote about the possibility earlier, and I’m pretty excited. I loved watching this British show in reruns on Nickelodeon when I was a kid, and I hope they do it justice. In the original, the “Tomorrow People” is about a group of young people who have psychic abilities as the next step in human evolution. Aliens approach them as sort of early ambassadors of their developing world and give them some helpful tech and organization. But evil, both earthly and extraterrestrial, is also afoot, of course. But I’m not getting my hopes up too much. A pilot order does not guarantee a series.

On the bummer side, Deadline also mentions the CW is passing on the Wonder Woman pilot, “Amazon,” for now but is keeping it in development for possible later use. So it’s not dead yet. Whew.

Meanwhile, I Am Rogue quotes Cobie Smulders saying they’re trying to work out a way to get her on the Joss Whedon “S.H.I.E.L.D.” project to reprise her “Avengers” role as agent Maria Hill. She currently stars on “How I Met Your Mother” but says it’s still doable. Go read the full story. She talks about being in the “Captain America” sequel, too.

Meanwhile again, Newsarama has the story from Cartoon Network that “Young Justice” and “Green Lantern” have been canceled but will finish airing completed episodes. Replacing them later this year in the DC Nation block will be “Beware the Batman,” which looked hideous from its trailer, and “Teen Titans Go!” I hope the latter is more like the original “Teen Titans” cartoon and less like the inane, unwatchable “TT” shorts that have been airing. CN will also have some specials of note: a CGI “Powerpuff Girls” and a Lego “Star Wars” piece called “The Yoda Chronicles.” “Clone Wars” is expected to move to a Disney network, Newsarama says.

I won’t miss “Green Lantern” (I heard the stories were good, but I couldn’t get past the poor CGI), but I really liked “Young Justice” and will miss it. CN has a history of poor scheduling but totally dropped the ball with the recent hiatus.

Thanks to After Elton for the alerts!

Eric Henrickson is a Detroit News copy editor who has also been writing about comic books, video games and anime for The News for more than 10 years. His favorite bit of geek cred so far: appearing in an online "Star Trek" fan series.