Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Development News - Tian Richards to Play Tom Swift in Potential 'Nancy Drew' Spinoff; Plus 2 More Updates!

Development News - January 26, 2021

CBS' Good Sam; The CW's Tom Swift; and Showtime's American Gigolo.

  • Wayne Brady has been cast in a recurring role on the drama pilot starring Jon Bernthal and Gretchen Mol. He has hosted CBS' Let's Make a Deal since 2009, winning two Daytime Emmy Awards for the series. He has also appeared in all seventeen seasons of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on ABC and The CW. He won the second season of FOX's The Masked Singer and recently recurred on The CW's Black Lightning.
  • He will play Lorenzo, the best friend, roommate and mentor of male escort Julian Kaye (Bernthal).
  • Michael Stahl-David will co-star on the drama pilot starring Sophia Bush and Jason Isaacs. He previously starred in the third season of Netflix's Narcos and recurred on the second season of HBO's The Deuce.
  • He will play Caleb, a cocky resident with half the experience but twice the confidence of the other residents, all who outrank him.
  • Tian Richards will play the title role on the potential Nancy Drew spinoff which will produce a backdoor pilot later this year. He previously appeared in the Netflix film Dumplin'. He has also recurred on BET's Being Mary Jane and BET's The Quad.
  • In the planted spinoff episode of the second season, Tom Swift (Richards) will crash into one of Nancy Drew's (Kennedy McMann) investigations, an event which Nancy interprets as supernatural and Tom believes to be cosmically paranormal.
  • The prospective new drama follows the serialized adventures of Tom Swift, a Black, gay, billionaire investor 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 hellbent on stopping him. His missions will require his genius and flair for innovation guided by love, romance, friendship and the mysteries of the universe yet-unsolved.