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.
Ep1 - 31 May 2022...And the Liftoff to Saturn - Directed by Anton Cropper
Tom is shaken after the shocking disappearance of his father, thrusting Tom into a breathtaking adventure full of mysterious conspiracies and unexplained phenomena.
Ep2 7 June 2022 ...And the 4b Curl - Directed by Michael Allowitz
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.
Ep3 14 June 2022 ...And Nine Inches of Danger - Directed by Jeff Byrd
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.
Ep4 21 June 2022 ...And the Chocolate Cowboys - Directed by Clara Aranovich
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.
Ep5 28 June 2022 ...And the Crashed Cotillion - Directed by Ruben Garcia
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.
Ep6 5 July 2022 ...And the Benefits of Bondage - Directed by Bille Woodruff
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
Ep7 12 July 2022 ...And the Book of Isaac - Directed by Ruba Nadda
When they discover that one of their own has been poisoned, Tom, Zenzi and Barclay work together to figure out who is responsible.
Ep8 19 July 2022 ...And His Two Men and a Baby - Directed by J. Miller Tobin
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.
Ep9 26 July 2022 ...And the Night to Remember - Directed by Andi Behring
Tom continues his search for the last capsule piece, which leads him to an interesting situation with Susannah; Zenzi and Isaac uncover Congressmen Eskol's hidden agenda.
Ep10 August 2, 2022 ...And the Cost of Forgiveness - Directed by Rose Troche
Tom must launch the rescue drone to save his father from outer space but his plans are jeopardized by an attack at Swift Enterprises' Black engineering conference.
Cast and Characters
Tian Richards as Tom Swift, a young, billionaire inventor
Ashleigh Murray as Zenzi Fullerton, Tom's cousin and best friend
Marquise Vilsón as Isaac Vega, Tom's bodyguard
Albert Mwangi as Rowan, a Congressman's security detail
April Parker Jones as Lorraine Swift, Tom's mother
LeVar Burton as voice of Barclay, an artificial intelligence
Brittany Ishibashi as Claire Corm
Ward Horton as Nathan Eskol, a family friend of the Swift family who is a Congressman
Donovin Miller as Lino, Tom's adoptive brother
Christopher B. Duncan as Barton Swift, Tom's father
Hayward Leach as Justin Chase
Elizabeth Cappuccino as Susannah Robb
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. The show is set in the "Drew-niverse". On February 8, 2021, it was announced that Ruben Garcia will be directing the pilot episode. 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
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."