'Tom Swift' Latest in Wave of CW Cancellations

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday July 1, 2022

Tian Richards stars as "Tom Swift"
Tian Richards stars as "Tom Swift"  (Source:CW)

The bloodletting continues at the CW with the cancellation of "Tom Swift" only a handful of episodes into its freshman season, TVLine reported. The adventure series centers on a gay Black billionaire inventor.

The axing marks the 11th series the network has scuttled recently.

Poor ratings were cited as the cause of the show's demise.

"Through its first five episodes, 'Tom Swift' has averaged 360,000 total viewers and barely a 0.1 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers)," TVLine detailed.

"Among the original dramas that The CW has aired this season and into summer, it outperforms only 'Dynasty' and 'In the Dark,' both of which were also cancelled and are in the midst of their final seasons."

"Sources close to the project" informed Variety that the "Nancy Drew" spinoff "failed to find an audience via linear TV or streaming."

The Variety article went on to note that the network has "canceled a sizable amount of their originals, including 'Charmed,' 'Dynasty,' 'Roswell, New Mexico,' '4400,' 'Legacies,' 'Naomi' and 'Batwoman,'" the latter of which depicted a lesbian superhero who was played by an LGBTQ+ actor.

"Based on the classic book series about a young inventor/detective, The CW's updated 'Tom Swift' starred Tian Richards as a Black gay billionaire on a quest to find his father following a space mission gone wrong," TVLine recounted.

"The CBS Studios series, which premiered on May 31, will play out the remainder of its order but won't return to the broadcast network," The Hollywood Reporter said.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.