'Tom Swift': The CW Cancels Series With Network TV's First Black Gay Lead Just Five Episodes Into Season 1
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'Tom Swift': The CW Cancels Series With Network TV's First Black Gay Lead Just Five Episodes Into Season 1

The CW has canceled Tom Swift just five episodes into its season.

According to Deadline, which broke the news, CBS Studios is trying to shop the series to other networks. The series had low ratings compared to other series, and this was likely further impacted by the pending sale of The CW, which saw many series canceled earlier this year due to that.

Here's the show's description:

Tom Swift follows the serialized adventures of its titular Black, gay, billionaire inventor  who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father.  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.

The series, which is based on the popular science-fiction novels created by Edward Stratemeyer, is notable for reimagining the book’s titular hero from a white, blonde, blue-eyed inventor to a Black, gay billionaire.

Tom Swift also marked the first network show to have a Black, gay lead.

The series starred Tian Richards, who was known for his appearances in Being Mary Jane and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Tom Swift also stars Ashleigh Murray, April Parker Jones, Marquise Vilson, Christopher B. Duncan and LeVar Burton.

Tom Swift was co-created by Nancy Drew EPs Melinda Hsu Taylor and Noga Landau, as well as Empire writer Cameron Johnson.

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