The CW Has Ordered Tom Swift Show
We told you back in May that the appearance of Tom Swift on Nancy Drew was no mere cameo. That episode, “The Celestial Visitor,” was a backdoor pilot for a possible Tom Swift spin-off. Well, it worked, because The CW has ordered Tom Swift to series.
The CW Has Ordered Tom Swift Series from Nancy Drew Creators
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As Tom Swift is a spin-off of The CW’s Nancy Drew, then it should come as no surprise that the Drew crew will be handling the new show as well. Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who created the show will be working on Tom Swift. In addition, Drew showrunner Melinda Hsu Taylor will also be involved, along with Cameron Johnson. It’s unclear at this point, though, who will be the showrunner for Tom Swift.
Tian Richards will reprise the Swift role he originated in his appearance on Nancy Drew. Deadline also says that they expect LeVar Burton, who voiced Swift’s AI assistant Barclay, to return. There is no word yet, however, on who else will join the cast, including who will play Swift’s father.
Tom Swift to Be Sci-Fi Adventure Series
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Unlike his fellow characters at Stratemeyer Syndicate, like Drew and the Hardy Boys, Swift was never that into solving mysteries. That is, unless they were science mysteries. Tom went on wild adventures, aided by fanciful futuristic inventions. Some of those even inspired future real-life inventions, like how I mentioned that his electric rifle inspired the invention of the Taser.
The new series won’t be a dramatic departure from Swift’s original mission. After the disappearance of his father, billionaire inventor Swift is setting out to find him. It won’t be an easy task, though, as mysterious forces have conspired to keep Tom from finding the truth. According to the press release, Tom will jettison “…the comforts of his usual moneyed lifestyle, all while fighting to stay one step ahead of an Illuminati-scale group hell-bent on stopping him.” Could it be The Road Back, the Illuminati-style group we learned about last season from Nancy Drew? I guess we’ll find out.
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