Nancy Drew pilot cancelled by CBS for being “too female”
All of our childhood dreams have been answered and swiped from us in a matter of days.
As of Monday, May 16, CBS will not be pursuing the highly anticipated project “Drew” by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. The two are known for being executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Madam Secretary.”
Despite the fact that CBS has approved the second project by the two producers, “Doubt” starring Katherine Heigl, “Drew” was denied because it was seen as “too female.”
The show was loosely based on the Nancy Drew series.
The young adult mystery novels began in 1930 by an author under the pen name Carolyn Keene. Since the series ran its course by 2003, a new, more contemporary series titled “Nancy Drew (All New) Girl Detective” was created.
In 2007, a movie adaptation of the premise to the series was released, starring Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew herself.
Drew would have been portrayed by Sarah Shahl and would have been in her 30s.
TVLine.com described the series as Drew “using her ‘uncanny observational skills’ to work as a NYPD detective at the same time she navigated ‘the complexities of life in a modern world.’”
Rob McClure, Anthony Edwards and Felix Solis were signed on to the show as well.
According to Deadline, the show being “too female” would make it troublesome to find a spot on the schedule.
CBS will “shop it to other channels,” according to Deadline.