EXCLUSIVE: Tom Swift quickly got the boat at CW.
The low-rated, Nancy drew spin-off was not launched until May 31. Featuring a predominantly black cast, the series began as an unconventional backdoor pilot, with only Tian Richards (as Tom) getting an introduction to Nancy drew last season. The rest of the characters were cast after the project was included in the series in August.
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We hear CBS Studios lagging behind Tom Swiftis trying to expand the cast’s options and plans to buy the series elsewhere.
The CW buyers have said they like the show creatively. The cancellation is said to be performance driven if: Tom Swift is one of the CW’s least-watched series on linear, with 535K viewers on Live+7, as well as on streaming.
The show’s rapid demise comes as Nexstar Media Group’s pursuit of majority stake in the CW nears completion. There has been widespread speculation that Nexstar’s plan is to create a more “healthy” set of programs. Nexstar is expected to take a 75% stake in the broadcast network, and current partners Paramount Global and Warner Bros Discovery will each gain 12.5%.
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Sources told Deadline that if it stays on track, the deal could be formalized in the coming weeks.
Tom Snel, Pushing the Content Lines of Network TV is about a billionaire inventor who is thrown into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after his father’s disappearance. In addition to Richards, there are Ashleigh Murray, April Parker Jones, Marquise Vilson, Christopher B. Duncan and LeVar Burton in the lead roles.
The show is from CBS Studios and Fake Empire and is co-created by Nancy drew EPs Melinda Hsu Taylor and Noga Landau and Empire writer Cameron Johnson, who also served as executive producers along with Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Lis Rowinski.
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