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Paul Dini’s Mysterious Tower Prep To Debut Oct. 19 On Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network announced today that Tower Prep, the live-action mystery series created by comics and animation writer Paul Dini, will debut on Oct. 19.

The one-hour drama centers on Ian Archer (Drew Van Acker), a rebellious teen who awakens one morning to find himself at a mysterious academy for students with special abilities. Cut off from outside contact and unable to get answers from the school’s faculty, Ian forms a secret group with his classmates Gabe Lexington Forrest (Ryan Pinkston), CJ Ward (Elise Gatien) and Suki Sato (Dyana Liu) in hopes of discovering the secrets of Tower Prep.

Each student has a special ability: Ian can see events a split-second before they happen; CJ can analyze a person like a computer; Gabe can convince people to do anything he wants; and Suki can imitate the voice of anyone she hears.

The pilot was written by Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Ultimate Spider-Man) and directed by Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad). Glen Morgan (The X-Files) and Bill O’Dowd (Zoey 101) are executive producers.

“I thought about incidents when I was a kid,” Dini said during the Tower Prep presentation at Comic-Con International. “I went to a prep school, and I leaned back on my feelings of what it was like at the time – the strangeness and the alienation. The first year was absolutely ghastly, and I always wrote those things down and thought, ‘You know, I’m going to use that some day and put it in the realm of fantasy.’ So that was one of the first things we talked about, and they thought it sounded very interesting for a series. As time went on and we did the development, we realized we needed some very special people to bring this to life. So Glen Morgan came on with his brother Darin from The X-Files and they have made the show their own and made it unique and wonderful. I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Tower Prep will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Cartoon Network.


  • Bill Reed

    Darin Morgan returning to TV.

    Okay, I'll watch it.

  • Thomas E. Reed

    I only wish the two-or-three minute preview, that Mr. Dini showed at Dragon*Con 2010, was available on-line. That sold me on the series half-way. The other half was Dini explaining that this would be darker, more dramatic and potentially more tragic than anything previously offered for the tween/teen audience. I don't care that it's not animated and on CN, even though I'm an animation fan. The show looks good from here, and I can't wait to see if it fulfills Mr. Dini's promise.

  • ABBS the stranger

    They probably have to find out their identity by using clues dropped around the school and at the same time developing their special skills to an advanced grade. Once they achieved that, they will graduate and regain their past memories. Well, that's my thought of the plot so far, let's just see how it turns out,

  • ABBS the stranger

    another theory i have is that they're being trained as spies (sounds childish, i know) for the government, those who pass the test (which is escaping tower prep grounds without being noticed and solve the mystery behind it) will have a choice to work for the government or lose all their memories of tower prep like those who failed and be sent back to their normal lives.

  • Shifter 696

    I thought this would be a book series cuz i dont get this at all and i really want to kno more about it and i can twait to see wat happens and THIS WEBSITE GIVES ME NO INFO WAT SO EVER!!!!!!!! DEAR GOSH, WHY CANT THIS BE A BOOK SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rrr. but from the sneek peak, it looked wicked awesome!

  • Amcropp

    This is really almost the same as the book series written by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill “Legacies”. So far there is only one book.

  • Ally

    i love this show!!! but when will season 2 come
    im dieing!!!

  • Ally

    yeahh i also thought that at first but now since they ended season 1 i think thats wrong

  • Scarletmoon101

    I want season two!
    Is there going to be a season 2 of Tower Prep? I need to know, I keep searching the net for anything that will tell me.