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Julie Plec could easily be the busiest person at The CW this fall. The executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries” for years, she will be running that show’s spinoff — “The Originals” — in Fall 2013. And then there’s “The Tomorrow People.” Plec is one of the executive producers of that show as well.

How does that work?

The producer and writer hasn’t kept it a secret that “The Tomorrow People” will be a secondary (or even tertiary) priority for her. Plec’s fellow executive producers — Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer — will handle most of the day-to-day stuff.

But if that’s the case, how did Julie Plec even get involved? It’s an interesting story and one that plays out over three decades. We got the full scoop from Plec during the TCA press tour at the end of July.

I remember watching “The Tomorrow People” on Nickelodeon — not in the ’90s, in the ’80s. ’81, I think. It was the original BBC airing. I was 8 years old and I would sit at my grandparents’ house and watch it. I remember loving it — and then never seeing it again. All my life, I could never meet anybody else who had ever seen it. And I thought I had made it up in my 8-year-old head.

Then, one day, sophomore year of college, as I was working with Greg Berlanti on a theater show that he was starring in as an actor, I said, “Hey, have you ever heard of this show called ‘The Tomorrow People’?” And he was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me! That’s like one of my favorite shows from when I was a kid.” And I said, “Thank God, because you are literally the only person I have ever met who knows what it is.”

Then he called me about six months ago — eight months ago now — and he said, “I just got the rights to the show, and you’re an executive producer. Congratulations!”

It was his gift to me after about 20 years of friendship. He decided that I’d given him a lot of opportunities, and he wanted to bless me in return with the same kind of opportunity.

And some “Tomorrow People” casting news too

You might need more about “The Tomorrow People.” If so, keep reading. That’s because a guest-starring role has been cast.

Al Sapienza (“Person of Interest”) will appear in episode 3 as Dennis Coburn, the father of one of the super-powered young adults in the show (as reported by TVLine). Coburn’s daughter, Cara (Peyton List), is one of a group of underground (literally) Tomorrow People trying to fight against a shady organization that wants to destroy them.

“The Tomorrow People” premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9pm on The CW.

Posted by:Laurel Brown