Tom Swift
Tom Swift (TV series) Title Card.png
Genre
Based onThe Tom Swift book series
by Victor Appleton
Developed byMelinda Hsu Taylor &
Noga Landau &
Cameron Johnson
Starring
Music byMatthew Head
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Jonathan C. Brody
  • Kristin Killey
Cinematography
  • Glenn Brown
  • Michael Blundell
  • Hollis Meminger
Editors
  • Meghan Robertson
  • Hector Carrillo
  • Saleem Aziz
  • Brian H. Merrick
Production companies
DistributorParamount Global Distribution Group
Release
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseMay 31 (2022-05-31) –
August 2, 2022 (2022-08-02)
Chronology
Related showsNancy Drew

Tom Swift is an American mystery drama television series based on the book series of the same name developed by Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau and Cameron Johnson. Starring Tian Richards, it is a spin-off of Nancy Drew. The series premiered on May 31, 2022 on The CW and was canceled after one season in June 2022.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [1]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [1]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"...And the Liftoff to Saturn"Anton CropperMelinda Hsu Taylor & Noga Landau & Cameron JohnsonMay 31, 2022 (2022-05-31)0.44[2]
2"...And the 4b Curl"Michael AllowitzCameron JohnsonJune 7, 2022 (2022-06-07)0.34[3]
3"...And Nine Inches of Danger"Jeff ByrdBrad Marques & Fola Goke-PariolaJune 14, 2022 (2022-06-14)0.29[4]
4"...And The Chocolate Cowboys"Clara AranovichTeresa Huang & Sydney BaloueJune 21, 2022 (2022-06-21)0.37[5]
5"...And The Crashed Cotillion"Ruben GarciaMichael Poisson & Brittany NorthcrossJune 28, 2022 (2022-06-28)0.34[6]
6"...And The Benefits of Bondage"Bille WoodruffErika Harrison & Eric Anthony GloverJuly 5, 2022 (2022-07-05)0.30[7]
7"...And The Book of Isaac"Ruba NaddaTeleplay by : Melinda Hsu Taylor
Story by : Elliott Feliciano & Kahlil Maskati
July 12, 2022 (2022-07-12)0.25[8]
8"...And His Two Men and a Baby"J. Miller TobinTeresa Huang & Bradley MarquesJuly 19, 2022 (2022-07-19)0.28[9]
9"...And the Night to Remember"Andi BehringErika HarrisonJuly 26, 2022 (2022-07-26)0.28[10]
10"...And the Cost of Forgiveness"Rose TrocheCameron Johnson & Michael PoissonAugust 2, 2022 (2022-08-02)0.24[11]

Production

Development

On October 28, 2020, it was announced that The CW was developing a spin-off from their Nancy Drew series titled Tom Swift. The series is based on the book series of the same name and is created and executive produced by Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau, and Cameron Johnson.[12] The show is set in the "Drew-niverse".[13] On February 8, 2021, it was announced that Ruben Garcia will be directing the pilot episode.[14] On August 30, 2021, The CW had given the production a straight-to-series order and it was expected to debut during the 2021–22 television season. Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Lis Rowinski were also added as executive producers.[15]

Lead actor Richards said of the adaptation, "The original Tom Swift was great for his time and what he represented. At the time, that was the face of young boys, All-American kids full of possibilities. But in 2021, that can look so different. It can look like someone like me—a Black guy who is chocolate, who is queer, who is all those things that we're told aren't the normal or the status quo." He added, "We're going to dive into so many sectors of identity. We're going to talk about Blackness—and a different kind of Blackness than we're used to seeing, which is the Black elite, the 1 percent, the billionaires. We're also going to talk about a queer boy's journey into becoming a queer man. Not only self-acceptance, but acceptance as a whole, having the community and people around you."[16]

The series started filming in Atlanta in late-January 2022,[17] which was completed between late April-early May.[18] It premiered on The CW on May 31, 2022.[19] On June 30, 2022, the series was canceled after one season due to low viewership,[20] although it was allowed to have the rest of the episodes for the first season aired on The CW.[21]

Casting

On January 26, 2021, Tian Richards was cast in the titular role of Tom Swift.[22] On May 11, 2021, LeVar Burton joined the main cast to voice an artificial intelligence named Barclay.[23] Richards and Burton both appear as their respective characters in the May 2021 Nancy Drew episode "The Celestial Visitor".[16] In February 2022, Ashleigh Murray, Marquise Vilsón, April Parker Jones, and Albert Mwangi joined the cast in starring roles.[24][25] On March 8, 2022, Ward Horton was cast in a recurring role.[26]

Reception

Viewership and ratings per episode of Tom Swift
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "...And the Liftoff to Saturn" May 31, 2022 0.1 0.44[2]
2 "...And the 4b Curl" June 7, 2022 0.1 0.34[3]
3 "...And Nine Inches of Danger" June 14, 2022 0.1 0.29[4]
4 "...And the Chocolate Cowboys" June 21, 2022 0.0 0.37[5]
5 "...And the Crashed Cotillion" June 28, 2022 0.1 0.34[6]
6 "..And the Benefits of Bondage" July 5, 2022 0.0 0.30[7]
7 "...And the Book of Isaac" July 12, 2022 0.0 0.25[8]
8 "...And His Two Men and a Baby" July 19, 2022 0.0 0.28[9]
9 "...And the Night to Remember" July 26, 2022 0.1 0.28[10]
10 "...And the Cost of Forgiveness" August 2, 2022 0.0 0.24[11]

References

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