Cousins Stephen Amell, 32, and Robbie Amell, 25, grew up having pool parties; now, with back-to-back shows on The CW (''Arrow,'' ''The Tomorrow People''), they'll share something cooler: Amell Wednesdays

By Mandi Bierly
September 13, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

What’s the most heroic thing you’ve seen each other do in real life?
Robbie (star of The Tomorrow People) I didn’t see him do it, but [in early 2005] Stephen tried to stop a fight on the street in Toronto and ended up getting a bottle smashed over his head. He stopped the fight from happening with his skull. I think that’s a pretty badass, heroic thing to do.
Stephen (star of Arrow) I was successful, retrospectively, but at the time it didn’t feel that way. I had some staples in the back of my head…. I think we’ve teamed up for some pretty heroic beer-pong runs.
Robbie Oh my goodness, Stephen and I are, for lack of a better word, phenomenal at beer pong.
Stephen We egg each other on because of our hypercompetitive nature.
Robbie What did we have, like, 11 wins in one night one time?

Do you have a bet on who will have the most shirtless scenes this year?
Robbie Oh, Stephen will win for sure. How many episodes are you shirtless?
Stephen I’m shirtless in 40 percent of the episodes so far.
Robbie Oh, okay. I’m actually winning this battle.
Stephen You are.
Robbie But it’s the first season. The second season, it’ll slow down a bit.
Stephen You know what, though? Business could pick up. There’s no telling.

Greg Berlanti, who exec-produces both of your shows, told us a quality he sometimes wishes you didn’t have in common was liking to do your own stunts: ”Something happens to them, and you’re done.”
Stephen In the third episode this year, I’m running through a field and explosions are going off, and when I got up from one take, everyone had come up from behind the monitors and was staring and legitimately thought that I had been blown up and the show was over. I was perfectly fine.
Robbie I haven’t gotten blown up yet, but I’m hoping for something like that. That sounds awesome.

A friend of yours coined the term ”Amell Wednesdays,” which already has its own hashtag, Twitter page, and website. What can we expect as we get closer to the premiere?
Robbie There’s going to be an Amell Wednesdays salmon ladder that you can buy.
Stephen We haven’t had a chance to suss out what we’re going to do.
Robbie As of right now, my girlfriend has made some shirts for some of our friends, just kind of as a joke, and people have been commenting, saying they want one. We gave one to Berlanti.

Stephen, where does Robbie fall on the list of people you’ll call to babysit?[Stephen’s wife, Cassandra Jean, is expecting their first child later this year.]
Stephen Well, we live super close to each other in Vancouver.
Robbie If I ran to his place, I could be there in 48 seconds. But this is the most we’ve spoken in a couple weeks. Football Sundays will bring us together.
Stephen I’ll host Football Sundays, and I said he has a place to stay and free food and free drink — he just has to change one diaper, that’s it. Without a word of protest, he just needs to get up and change a poopy diaper, and that’ll be fine.
Robbie I’m still thinking about it.

Returning Drama, 8 p.m., The CW
Picking up five months after Starling City collapsed into chaos, season 2 finds Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) trying to restore the reputation of his family’s company, which built the earthquake device that leveled the Glades, and his archer alter ego. He’ll have to fight off a hostile takeover (led by Firefly‘s Summer Glau) and contend with the Black Canary, Glades alderman Sebastian Blood (True Blood‘s Kevin Alejandro), whom exec producer Andrew Kreisberg likens to ”an evil Cory Booker,” and Bronze Tiger (The Dark Knight‘s Michael Jai White). Good thing Arrow still has Dig (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) on his side. ”This season, it really is a, pardon the expression, threesome,” Kreisberg says. ”Felicity feels like she should get her say sometimes, and she’s right.” Oct. 9

The Tomorrow People
New Drama, 9 p.m., The CW
The CW’s latest foray into the superhero genre may star another Amell, but it’s not about a dark knight. Instead, Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) is a high school student who learns he has special powers including teleportation, and that there’s a group of scientists hunting ”Tomorrow People” like him. ”I’m very clumsy with my powers,” says Amell, ”but it’s fun to watch somebody struggle and screw up.” In true CW fashion, the network’s revival of the ’70s British hit will feature a love triangle involving Stephen and Tomorrow peeps Cara (Peyton List) and John (Luke Mitchell). ”There’s a special connection that we establish between Cara and Stephen in the pilot,” says exec producer Greg Berlanti. ”There’s all sorts of complications that arise out of that.” Oct. 9