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The CW’s Newest Show Centers a Gay, Black Billionaire Inventor

The CW’s Newest Show Centers a Gay, Black Billionaire Inventor

Tian Richards leads the Nacy Drew spinoff, Tom Swift.

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Just ahead of the third season premiere of supernatural murder mystery series Nancy Drew, The CW has announced a spinoff. 

Titled Tom Swift, the new show stars Tian Richards, who appeared on a season two episode of Drew in May. The story follows Burden (Richards), a billionaire inventor who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, 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 while fighting to stay one step ahead of an Illuminati-scale group hell-bent on stopping him."

Like Nancy Drew, Tom Swift is based on early 20th-century mystery novels. The lead in this adaption is both Black and gay, which is a super rare occurrence for a lead character on television, especially network TV. The news is being celebrated on social media. 

"THE DREWNIVERSE EXPANDS!!!!!!!!" wrote Nancy Drew star Kennedy McMann on Twitter. "what a beautiful day in the neighborhood!!!!!!"

Watch a clip of Richards' appearing on Nancy Drew below: 

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!