Tom Swift On TV

Tom Swift & Linda Craig Mystery Hour Publicity Photo

Tom Swift & Linda Craig Mystery Hour

On July 3, 1983 ABC-Television aired a pilot for a new series, the Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour.

The studio's press release, sent to local tv-listings publications, described the program thusly:
      "Young detectives Tom Swift and Linda Craig use their scientific acumen to find a hidden treasure to which they unwittingly lead a gang of cut-throat criminals."

ABC placed the pilot in the same time-slot it had formerly used for the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, but the program did not develop into a series.

From IMDb: Linda Craig's grandfather is kidnapped with the intention of ransoming him for Tom Swift's latest invention, a hand-held carbon dater, which would enable the crooks to identify the oldest structure on the grandfather's property and possibly locate a hidden treasure.

Tom Swift:Willie Aames
Linda Craig:Lori Loughlin
Rad Gorman:Christopher Blande    
Rudoph Ulmer:George DiCenzo
Mrs. Gorman:Ja'net DuBois
Bronco Mallory:William Windom
Kathy Hamilton:Amanda Wyss
Grandma Mallory:Carmen Zapata

Directed & Produced by Harry Harris
Written by Michael Michaelian, Katharyn Powers
Music by Jerrold Immel
Film Editing by John Farrell
Art Direction by Bill Ross

The CW Tom Swift Show

Tom Swift TV CW Show Publicity Photo
Tom Swift appeared in the episode "The Celestial Visitor" from the second season of The CW's Nancy Drew with Tian Richards portraying the character as a Black, gay, billionaire inventor. The episode is a backdoor pilot for a spin-off project titled Tom Swift, in development at The CW. In August 2021, Tom Swift was ordered straight-to-series and will debut Tuesday May 31 2022. In February 2022, Ashleigh Murray joined the cast as Zenzi Fullington
Production companies: CBS Studios, Fake Empire
Tom is a billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father.
Due to extremely low ratings the show was cancelled after one season.

S1, Ep1 - 31 May 2022...And the Liftoff to Saturn
Tom is shaken after the shocking disappearance of his father, thrusting Tom into a breathtaking adventure full of mysterious conspiracies and unexplained phenomena.

S1, Ep2 7 Jun. 2022...And the 4b Curl
Tom is forced to make a tough choice when he discovers that an important piece of the mission to save his father is on the grounds of a family frenemy's estate; Zenzi and Tom venture into a dangerous mine to find the next capsule piece.

S1, Ep3 14 Jun. 2022...And Nine Inches of Danger
Tom embarks on a daring gambit to stop a security breach; Zenzi, Isaac and Lorraine look to Tom to shore up the corporation's standing with powerful investors; Lino struggles to understand his inexplicably heightened physical abilities.

S1, Ep4 21 Jun. 2022...And the Chocolate Cowboys
An annoyed Tom goes full-on dad mode when Lino stows away on the Swift Jet. Tom insists Isaac accompany Zenzi on her trip to meet Congressman Eskol.

S1, Ep5 28 Jun. 2022...And the Crashed Cotillion
Tom, Zenzi and Isaac are on capsule piece rescue mission #3, and are determined that this time no detours, kidnappings or rogue dates will stop them, that is until Tom receives harsh news from Claire. Meanwhile, Lorraine works on finalizing the Tubman Group Cotillion. Lastly, Lino drops a bomb on Isaac.

S1, Ep6 5 Jul. 2022...And the Benefits of Bondage
Tom finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. Meanwhile, Zenzi is startled when a worried Isaac surprises her while she's in her car applying lipstick and triple checking her already flawless makeup in the mirror after a visit to the gym. Lastly, Rowan issues a strong warning to Isaac

S1, Ep7 12 Jul. 2022...And the Book of Isaac
When they discover that one of their own has been poisoned, Tom, Zenzi and Barclay work together to figure out who is responsible.

S1, Ep8 ...And His Two Men and a Baby
Tom's mysterious guardian angel Rowan makes an urgent plea for help in rescuing a missing scientist targeted by the same anti-tech conspiracy that sabotaged Barton Swift's ship. When the Squad embarks on this mission, a surprising secret comes to light and brings Tom and Rowan closer than ever before. Meanwhile, Zenzi's simmering feelings for Isaac are complicated by a bold move from Congressman Eskol.

Series Cast
Kenneth Trujillo ... Signet Ring Man 7 episodes, 2022
Tian Richards ... Tom Swift 6 episodes, 2022
Ashleigh Murray ... Zenzi Fullington 6 episodes, 2022
Marquise Vilson ... Isaac Vega 6 episodes, 2022
Donovin Miller ... Lino 6 episodes, 2022
Albert Mwangi ... Rowan 5 episodes, 2022
April Parker Jones ... Lorraine Swift 5 episodes, 2022
LeVar Burton ... Barclay 5 episodes, 2022
Brittany Ishibashi ... Claire Cormier 5 episodes, 2022
Christopher B. Duncan ... Barton Swift 5 episodes, 2022
Elizabeth Cappuccino ... Susannah Robb 4 episodes, 2022
Ward Horton ... Congressman Nathan Eskol 3 episodes, 2022
Chris Renfro ... Quinn 3 episodes, 2022
Jen Harper ... Reverend Jones 2 episodes, 2022
Angel Luis ... Publicist 2 episodes, 2022
Jamir Vega ... Young Tom 2 episodes, 2022
Dom Kegel ... Stoic Agent 2 episodes
Mayer Stern ... Agent one 2 episodes
Meta Golding ... Violet Warren 1 episode, 2022
Bobbi Baker ... Phyllis Darby 1 episode, 2022
E. Roger Mitchell ... Calvin McElroy 1 episode, 2022
Chris Blount ... Chris Darby 1 episode, 2022
Jay Jones ... Vernon Darby 1 episode, 2022
Geanna Funes ... Marissa 1 episode, 2022
Mitch Westphal ... Bodyguard 1 episode, 2022
Kim Catherine Haena Kim 1 episode, 2022
Amanda Tavarez ... Regina 1 episode, 2022
Roderic Lee ... Dean Brooks 1 episode, 2022
Nicole Acheampong ... DJ 1 episode, 2022
Melanie Kiran ... Journalist 1 episode, 2022
Christopher Gay ... Social Climber 1 episode, 2022
Jeff Sprauve ... Dr. Wilson 1 episode, 2022
Phil Biedron ... Security Guard 1 episode, 2022
Ludwidg Louizaire ... Debutante One 1 episode, 2022
Jordan Cox ... Garrett 1 episode, 2022
Paden Fallis ... Dr. Kay 1 episode, 2022
Kristopher Charles ... Engineer #2 1 episode
Nyisha Bell ... Young Scientist 1 episode
Chantelle Rose ... Sarah 1 episode
D.J. Stavropoulos ... CEO (uncredited) 1 episode, 2022
Erik 'November' Spratley ... Chocolate Cowboy (uncredited) 1 episode, 2022

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."