“Tom Swift,” a spin-off of the mystery series “Nancy Drew,” will premiere its first episode on May 31 on The CW, the network announced Friday.
The series, which was first announced in 2020, stars Tian Richards (“Burdin,” “Dumplin’”) as the title character, who was first created in the 1910 book “Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle.” ”. Originally portrayed as a teenage inventor, the series reimagines Swift as a black, gay billionaire who is brought into conflict with a mysterious global cabal following the sudden disappearance of her father. Richards first appeared as the character in the second season of “Nancy Drew”.
Ashleigh Murray (“Riverdale,” “Katy Keene”) co-stars in the series as Swift’s best friend Zenzi. Marquise Vilsón, April Parker Jones and Albert Mwangi also star, while LeVar Burton voices Swift’s AI companion Barclay. The series is created by Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau and Cameron Johnson, who are executive producers with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
The first episode of “Tom Swift” airs at 9 pm ET, immediately following the superhero show “Superman and Lois.”
Also in today’s TV news roundup:
“NBC Nightly News” investigative series “The Fleecing of America” will return, NBC News and MSNBC announced. The latest iteration of the series will be a special two-week series of coverage on fraud that occurred in US government spending during the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation will begin with an interview between news anchor Lester Holt and Department of Justice inspector general Michael Horowitz, who leads the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, on “NBC Nightly News” on March 28. and investigations that air on “The Today Show,” “Weekend Nightly News” and “NBC Nightly News,” led by journalists such as Tom Llamas, Tom Costello, Vicky Nguyen, Ken Dilanian and Stephanie Ruhle.
TelevisaUnivision has won the rights to Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel “Captain Pantoja and the Special Service” and will adapt it as a new series in Spanish. The novel focuses on a captain who is called upon to create a prostitute service for the Peruvian army. Patricio Wills will develop the series, which is described as a “modern take” on the story, for Vix Plus, TelevisaUnivision’s new SVOD service due to launch in the second half of the year.
Objective Media Group announced that Jilly Pearce and Michael Beilinson have been promoted to president and senior vice president of development, respectively. Pearce was promoted from her role as executive vice president, which she has held since joining the company in 2017, while Beilinson was promoted from vice president, a position she has held since 2019. Recent titles that Objective Media Group has produced under her leadership include “ Lingo”, “The Great American Recipe”, “The 12 Dates of Christmas” and “Great Balloon Bomb Invasion”.