X-Men + Hunger Games inspire 2 intriguing new CW sci-fi TV series

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Considering the fact that Arrow has become a bona fide hit for The CW, the network hopes to stay close to the sci-fi-ish genre with two new series that are being compared to hit franchises X-Men and The Hunger Games. Could one of these be the next Arrow?

First up is Tomorrow People, which not surprisingly comes from Arrow producer Greg Berlanti. The series is a remake of the 1970s British sci-fi series of the same name and sounds like a mashup of Syfy's Alphas and X-Men.

Here's the synopsis via Deadline:

In the vein of X-Men and Heroes,Tomorrow People is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
It sounds like a fun premise, and if done well it might be able to pull off that cool vibe that under-the-radar sci-fi flick Looper nailed so well.

The network has also picked up a script for a "teen survival drama" called Sick, which is being called a cross between The Hunger Games and Contagion. You knew it was only a matter of time before something Hunger Games-esque hit the small screen.

Here's the synopsis, which seems ripe with just enough Hunger Games potential to hit the sweet spot but not get the network sued:

"It centers on a band of teens who escape from their containment units and go on the run from authorities ... after a mysterious virus makes adults allergic to teenagers."
With Arrow ruling the airwaves at the small network, it's great to see that it's renewed their interest in sci-fi fare. But let's hope they realize the biggest reason behind Arrow's success—the show is actually pretty good.

What do you think? Are you interested in seeing either of these potential new series?

(Via Deadline)