Nancy Drew spin-off about Tom Swift in the works at The CW

Rianne Houghton
·2-min read
Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

From Digital Spy

The CW's Nancy Drew TV series has already bagged a second season, and now another one of Carolyn Keene's classic literary characters is set to get their own show.

Following the success of Nancy Drew, it's believed that The CW is now launching a spin-off series centred on Tom Swift, a billionaire inventor who serves as a foil to Nancy – and there's an exciting twist, too.

Originally white, blonde and straight, TVLine is reporting that the new iteration of Tom Swift will be Black and gay, in a positive step for on-screen representation.

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

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The character is set to appear in season two of Nancy Drew when the teenage sleuth returns, where Tom will gate-crash one of Nancy's investigations, which he is insistent is 'cosmically paranormal', rather than plain old supernatural.

According to a synopsis, the Tom Swift series will follow the "serialised adventures of the billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father".

It continues: "Tom takes to the road on a quest to unravel the truth, leaving behind 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. Tom's missions will require his genius and flair for innovation guided by love, romance, friendship and the mysteries of the universe yet-unsolved."

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

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Nancy Drew first returned to TV screens last year and, similarly to fellow The CW show Riverdale, it was darker, edgier, and sexier than its source material. Here's hoping that trend continues.

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