Classic teen sleuth Nancy Drew could get her own TV show — except now she’s going to be all grown up.
CBS is developing a new take on the character from Grey’s Anatomy writers and executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, along with Dan Jinks, extending a recent frenzy of familiar titles put into network development.
The pitch: “A contemporary take on the character from the iconic book series. Now in her 30s, Nancy is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.
If greenlit, it’s easy to imagine Nancy Drew being paried with another CBS show starring an iconic female crime fighter, Supergirl (should the latter receive a second season order).
Nancy Drew joins quite a long list of older shows and movies being revived as series, with the past week alone revealing that a new MacGyver was in the works at CBS and that Fox was working on a series version of Lethal Weapon franchise. And that’s in addition to forthcoming re-inventions or sequels to The X-Files, Full House (as Fuller House), Twin Peaks, The Muppets, Prison Break, and Heroes (as Heroes Reborn).
Nancy Drew’s legacy extends back to the first novels based on the character in 1930 and was created by Hardy Boys author Edward Stratemeyer. She’s been adapted for films and TV shows numerious times over the years, most recently a 2007 film starring Emma Roberts (pictured above). There was also a 2002 TV movie with Maggie Lawson in the title role and the The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries TV series that ran on ABC from 1977-79. Famous successful women ranging from Barbara Bush to Hillary Clinton have cited the character as an inspiration.