CBS Orders 'Diverse' Nancy Drew Pilot; Crime Solver Now an NYPD Detective

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Nancy Drew is all grown up and headed to CBS.

The network has given a pilot order to Drew, a drama that finds the iconic crime solver — now in her thirties — putting her “uncanny observational skills” to work as a detective for the NYPD. But wait, she’ll also have to “navigate the complexities of life in a modern world”!

“She is diverse, that is the way she is written,” CBS president Glenn Geller recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I’d be open to any ethnicity. … We’re not casting color-blind, we’re casting color-conscious. It’s not ‘the best actor wins,’ it’s the right roles for diversity. … It really is about being conscious of what America looks like. It is always going to change, it’s going to evolve, and we’re aware of that, which is why we’re making efforts every year to get more diverse.”

Created by Hardy Boys mastermind Edward Stratemeyer, the character of Nancy Drew was first introduced in 1930, going on to headline a string of books, movies, TV series and video games. A movie starring Scream Queens‘ Emma Roberts in the titular role, hit theaters in 2007.

Drew‘s pilot comes from writers Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy) and Tony Phelan (Madam Secretary) and will be directed by Dan Jinks (Pushing Daisies). All three will executive-produce.

CBS has also given a pilot order to an untitled comedy based on the Australian series Upper Middle Bogan, which follows a woman who discovers she was adopted, then meets her real relatives — a “flamboyant but loving family of drag-racers.”

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