Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew 2019 TV.png
Genre
Based onNancy Drew
by Edward Stratemeyer
Developed by
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes49 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography
  • John S. Bartley
  • Barry Donlevy
  • Shamus Whiting-Hewlett
  • Ryan Purcell
  • Andrew MacLeod
  • Bruce Worrall
  • Nick Thomas
Editors
  • Jesse Ellis
  • Marc Pattavina
  • Hector Carrillo
  • L. Schroeder
  • Meghan Robertson
  • Scott Melendez
  • Erin Willetts
  • Brian H. Merrick
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time40–44 minutes
Production companies
DistributorParamount Global Distribution Group
Release
Original networkThe CW
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related shows Tom Swift

Nancy Drew is an American mystery drama television series based on the series of mystery novels about the titular character. The series was adapted for The CW by Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and is produced by CBS Studios, in association with Fake Empire.

It is the third Nancy Drew television series, following The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977–1979) and a 1995 Canadian-American version. Development for a new television series started in 2015 at CBS, then later at NBC. In 2018, the project moved to The CW where the series was ordered for a pilot.

The series is narrated and led by the amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, played by Kennedy McMann, and features an ensemble cast with re-imagined versions of the characters from the books: Leah Lewis as George Fan, Maddison Jaizani as Bess Marvin, Tunji Kasim as Ned Nickerson,and Alex Saxon as Ace. It also stars Scott Wolf as Carson Drew, Alvina August and Riley Smith as new characters invented for the series.[1]

The series debuted on October 9, 2019 to mixed reviews. In October 2019, The CW picked up the series for a full season and in January 2020, the network renewed the series for a second season which premiered on January 20, 2021.[2][3][4] In February 2021, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on October 8, 2021.[5][6] In March 2022, the series was renewed for a fourth season.[7]

Premise

After putting off applying to Columbia University to deal with the loss of her mother, eighteen-year-old Nancy Drew gets entangled in the investigation of town socialite Tiffany Hudson's murder. Alongside the employees of the Claw, the restaurant she works at — prickly manager George Fan, worldly and polished waitress Bess Marvin, laidback dishwasher Ace, and mechanic Ned "Nick" Nickerson, whom she is having a no strings attached fling with — they reluctantly ally to clear their names of suspicion. With secrets they're all determined to keep hidden, not only is Nancy determined to unveil them in order to trust them, she unearths a connection to Tiffany's homicide to a decade-long cold case turned urban legend.[8]

Cast and characters

Nancy Drew and her friends working a case as of Season 3. From left to right: George, Bess, Nick, Nancy and Ace.
Nancy Drew and her friends working a case as of Season 3. From left to right: George, Bess, Nick, Nancy and Ace.

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

Main article: List of Nancy Drew (2019 TV series) episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
218January 20, 2021 (2021-01-20)June 2, 2021 (2021-06-02)
313October 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)January 28, 2022 (2022-01-28)

Production

Development

In September 2018, The CW announced that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were developing a new Nancy Drew series.[18] The CW announced that the project was picked up for series on May 7, 2019.[8][19] On May 16, 2019, The CW released the first official trailer for the series.[20][21] The series debuted on October 9, 2019.[22] On October 25, 2019, the series was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes.[2] On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on January 20, 2021.[3][4] On February 3, 2021, The CW renewed the series for a third season which premiered on October 8, 2021.[5][6] On March 22, 2022, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season.[7]

Casting

In early 2019, the pilot was cast with Kennedy McMann as the title character,[9][11] Tunji Kasim as Ned "Nick" Nickerson,[12] Alex Saxon as Ace,[11] Leah Lewis as George,[11] Maddison Jaizani as Bess,[11] and Freddie Prinze Jr. as Nancy's father, Carson Drew.[23] Pamela Sue Martin, who played Nancy Drew in the 1970s series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, was cast as Harriet Grosset for the pilot in April 2019.[17] On May 9, 2019, it was announced that Scott Wolf had replaced Prinze in the role of Carson Drew.[15][24] Riley Smith joined cast as Ryan Hudson on May 16, 2019.[13] On October 28, 2019, Miles Gaston Villanueva was cast in a recurring role.[16]

In December 2020, Aadila Dosani was cast in a recurring role for the second season as Amanda Bobbsey.[25] Her twin brother, Gil Bobbsey, is portrayed by Praneet Akilla.[26]

Filming

Principal photography for the first season began on July 22, 2019, and was expected to end on April 7, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[27] On March 12, 2020, production was halted until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[28] However, on April 14, 2020, it was revealed that episode 18 would serve as the season one finale.[29] The second season began filming on September 29, 2020.[30] However, due to COVID-19 testing, filming was stopped shortly after and resumed a week later.[31][32] Production of the second season ended on April 29, 2021.[30] The third season began production on July 13, 2021, and concluded on December 9, 2021.[33] Filming for the fourth season began on July 19, 2022 and is scheduled to conclude on December 15, 2022.[34]

Broadcast

Nancy Drew premiered on The CW in the United States on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, with the season four premiere of Riverdale as its lead-in. In Canada, Nancy Drew was televised on the W Network.

HBO Max and Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) acquired the streaming rights to the series in the United States, with seasons available on their platforms several days after the season finale airs.[35][36]

Reception

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Nancy Drew holds an approval rating of 53% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.31/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite manage to liven up Nancy Drew, an overly broody and unfortunately bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be."[37] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[38]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Nancy Drew
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 18 October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09) 1.18[39] April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15) 0.49[40] 2019–20 126 1.25[41]
2 18 January 20, 2021 (2021-01-20) 0.50[42] June 2, 2021 (2021-06-02) 0.49[43] 2020–21 148 0.86[44]
3 Friday 9:00 p.m. 13 October 8, 2021 (2021-10-08) 0.42[45] January 28, 2022 (2022-01-28) 0.35[46] 2021–22 131 0.74[47]

Tie-in novels

On March 31, 2020, the first tie-in novel for the show was published. Entitled Nancy Drew: The Curse it was written by Micol Ostow and served as a prequel to the show's events.[48]

Spin-off

Main article: Tom Swift (TV series)

On October 28, 2020, it was announced that The CW is developing a spin-off titled Tom Swift. The series is based on the book series of the same name and is created by Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau, and Cameron Johnson.[49] On January 26, 2021, Tian Richards was cast in the titular role.[50] On February 8, 2021, it was announced that Ruben Garcia would be directing the pilot episode.[51] On May 11, 2021, LeVar Burton joined the main cast to voice an AI named Barclay.[52] On August 30, 2021, Tom Swift was ordered straight-to-series and is expected to debut during the 2021–22 television season.[53] In February 2022, Ashleigh Murray joined the cast as Zenzi Fullington.[54] Later that month, Marquise Vilsón, April Parker Jones, and Albert Mwangi joined the regular cast in the roles of Isaac Vega, Lorraine Swift, and Rowan, respectively.[55] In March 2022, Ward Horton was cast in a recurring role.[56] The same month, the series was given a May 31, 2022 premiere date.[57]

Notes

  1. ^ In season one, Alvina August is credited as a series regular through "The Haunting of Nancy Drew" (1.16); however, from the next episode onward, August does not appear.

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