Nancy Drew TV Series

Nancy Drew Series in Development at CBS — Who Would You Cast?

Will the fourth time be the charm for a Nancy Drew TV series?

CBS is developing a drama based on the classic Carolyn Keene novels, with plans to put a contemporary spin on the beloved detective.

The project will reportedly focus on a thirtysomething Nancy Drew, who is now a detective for the NYPD where she solves crimes using her sharp observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world. Joan Rater and Tony Phelan (Grey’s Anatomy) will co-write and executive-produce with Dan Jinks.

(No word on whether an old clock, a mysterious mannequin or a brass-bound trunk will play into the plot.)

In addition to multiple film adaptations, Nancy Drew has been brought to the small screen three times: The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, which ran from 1977 to 1979; the one-and-done 1995 Nancy Drew series; and the 2002 TV movie (originally intended as a series), which starred Maggie Lawson as the amateur sleuth.

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  1. USCndaATL says:

    Yvonne Strahovski

  2. gigi says:

    joanna garcia, jayma mays, abbie cobb, lauren ambrose, rachel lefebre

  3. Kate says:

    No. Just no.

  4. flo says:

    If it was younger, Maybe Zendaya? Thirtysomething? Maybe Evan Rachel Wood (even tho she is 28)? Sophia Bush. Maybe Meagan Good if Minority Report tanks.

    • Martoukian says:

      Sophia Bush’s series is MUCH less likely to be cancelled than Minority Report, since it’s already in its 3rd season.

  5. Rachel says:

    I’ve loved Nancy Drew ever since I was a little girl. Hope they do this series right.

  6. clarice83 says:

    Allison Mack, please!!!

  7. Abby says:

    I’d rather have Veronica Mars back.

  8. Ian says:

    Rose McIver’s already taken, and Anna Kendrick’s probably wants to continue being a movie star, so I say make Emma Roberts the lead. She’s been Nancy Drew before, and it’d be nice for her to get her own starring vehicle and away from Ryan Murphy.

  9. Lorrie Quadro says:

    Nicole Stouffer!!! A new actress out of the Pittsburgh area!!! Starring right now at the Pittsburgh Playhouse as Cinderella in “Into the Woods”….. Fantastic new talent!

  10. It’ll replace Castle on the schedule once that series wraps up its current season.

  11. Mandy says:

    Chyler Leigh

  12. Ellen says:

    Elizabeth Debicki

  13. H76T says:

    Anna Kendrick would be good, but as mentioned she might want to continue her movie career. My choice would be Sarah Hyland (I know I know), Skyler Samuels (who knows, she might not survive Scream Queens), Analeigh Tipton, Katy Perry (i know i know, but who knows if she decides to do TV)

    • Leo says:

      Skyler Samuels will be perfect. She could pull off an annoying yet charming sleuth. Now I want it to happen. But she does look too young to be a detective.

  14. Leo says:

    I hate the NYPD thing. Part of ND charm is her being the nosy teenager sleuth who sticks her nose where it doesnt belong.
    A college setting could be better.
    This is one of the things I love most so don’t screw it up, writers!!

    • CaptainOats says:

      TOTALLY agree! Why does she have to work for the NYPD? Part of the charm was also the idealic small-town setting. I don’t feel like CBS really gets what Nancy Drew is really all about… nor do I think they care. Sigh.

    • herman1959 says:

      Ditto, if done correctly, Nancy Drew should be a younger version of Murder She Wrote. Turning the character in a thirty-something NYPD detective just makes it like a number of existing shows; what’s the point?

  15. tark says:

    Chinese, Korean, full blooded Native American.

  16. Sheryl says:

    JoAnna Garcia Swisher.

  17. Maxine says:

    Miranda Cosgrove

  18. iHeart says:

    I don’t care who they cast, I’m hoping this gets green lit and straight to series, finally a stupid detective drama I might actually want to see. Besides I can’t really pick anyone.

  19. Joe says:

    I think Allison Mack would be great as Nancy Drew.

  20. Leslie says:

    Emma Stone would be awesome!

  21. AJ says:

    Since Nancy Drew is a high school girl, it should probably be a teen. My vote is Kiernan Shipka. Or someone like Saoirse Ronan.

    • AJ says:

      Oh, never mind. I see they’re doing a “grown-up” version. :P

    • Jules says:

      I prefer your idea of Kiernan Shipka to any adult version. We have plenty of adult detectives. Not so many teen girls like Nancy Drew.

      • CaptainOats says:

        SO true! That would be a much more interesting show.

      • Martoukian says:

        Not only because we have plenty of adult detectives–the ONLY reason to do a new version of Nancy Drew is to recreate the Nancy Drew that is known by the public. If you make her a “thirtysomething detective,” the only thing that would make her Nancy Drew is the name.

        • lbr4e says:

          exactly, it’s so silly! I’d be fine with college, in a small town, like a slight continuation. but the pitch above is just using the name with no other connection to the actual character we all love.

  22. JC1 says:

    Casting suggestions: Amy Gumenick, Georgina Haig, Yvonne Strahovski

  23. keepitcoming says:

    Molly Quinn would be natural!

  24. Kathleen says:

    Kristen Bell

  25. Ashbash says:

    Spencer Grammer

  26. Natalie says:

    Yvonne Strahovski!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Anna-Sophia Robb anyone?

  28. Linds says:

    Fun fact: I got to visit the set of the ’95 version. A relative did the set design and I was so excited I got to meet Nancy Drew :) what about Archie Panjabi?

  29. Grace M says:

    I’d have to see a pilot in order to say if I’d watch an entire series. Was a fan of the books growing up, same as my mother.

  30. Rebecca says:

    Alexandra Daddario please!

  31. Paloma says:

    Kristen Bell. Nancy Drew grown up is like Veronica Mars grown up without the snark. Or we could just have grown up Veronica Mars. I don’t really want to see a grown up Nancy Drew. I always liked her at the age in the books.

  32. Nicole says:

    Hilarious Burton!! She would be awesome!!

  33. Amy says:

    Alexis Bledel or Allison Sweeney

  34. Dude says:

    Ugh I’m sick of taking great literature and turning it into a generic cop show. We already had a contemporary Nancy Drew. It was called Veronica Mars and it was awesome.

  35. Lisa says:

    Emily Wilson would be perfect for this! Smart, talented and gorgeous. Fingers crossed she’s on the shortlist. @_emilywilson Would knock this role out of the park!

  36. Candice says:

    I’ve been wanting a Nancy Drew show forever. I’m glad they are doing it.

  37. Gmc says:

    Jane Levy

  38. Tammy Williams-Ankcorun says:

    Please make the Nancy Drew as authentic as possible-blonde or strawberry blonde. And have her married to Ned not divorced. Nancy would never divorce Ned. And keep her friends Bess and George. Maybe you could cast Hillary Duff or Rachel McAdams.

  39. Bob Backus says:

    Try to find someone who can act, not just a pretty face. Probably doesn’t exist.

  40. Jo B says:

    Molly C. Quinn aka Alexis of Castle!!

  41. Ashleigh says:

    Sarah Michelle Gellar

  42. Barb says:

    Molly Quinn from Castle

  43. Karen says:

    Shailene Woodley
    Lily Collins
    Emma Watson
    Halston Sage

  44. Bartimeus says:

    I’d rather see something a little closer to the source material and less generic sounding.

  45. Emily says:

    How about Autumn Reeser?

    • Katie says:

      Oh I’d LOVE to have her on my tv screen again. Failing that, Alexis Bledel would be great or Eliza Dukshu (if they wanted to change up the character a bit – I can’t imagine her as a blond!). Or Sarah Michelle Gellar would be a good choice too.

  46. Amanda Arkebauer says:

    I vote for Amanda Righetti or Alicia Witt

  47. rarefied says:

    This sounds cool. Just the other day, I was thinking I’d like to see another Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys series, and I like the aging up aspect.

  48. javadude54 says:

    Thirty something? I’d go with Kristen Bell. Heck, she’s already played her once even though the show was called Veronica Mars.