CBS Working on Series Based on Famous Female Detective

Oct 6, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A much-loved female detective character is at the center of a project that’s in development at CBS.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network is developing a Nancy Drew project, part of a trend that finds broadcasters seeking out established brands to help them gain a foothold on a crowded TV landscape.

The CBS project involves “Grey’s Anatomy” veterans Joan Rater and Tony Phelan.

“The potential series is described as a contemporary take on the character from the iconic book series,” THR reports. “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. CBS Television Studios-based Dan Jinks will exec produce alongside Rater and Phelan, who also have deals with the studio.”

The report notes that network boss Nina Tassler has made female empowerment a top priority for CBS, where “Supergirl” is among the high-profile projects being readied.

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  1. The whole appeal of Nancy Drew was that she was a child prodigy with some fun high school friends solving crimes. It was aspirational, especially to young girls. Like the Hardy Boys for young boys. Turning it into another CBS Procedural is not going to work. It is merely a lame attempt to get old ladies who read the books as kids to watch the first episode. However, if it does not deliver the characters everyone is looking for, people will begin turning the channel after the first 15 minutes and not return for a second viewing. They would do better with CSI Seattle.

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