Nancy Drew is not returning to television … for now.
On Monday, CBS announced it will not be moving forward with the new project Drew, featuring a grown-up Nancy Drew. News of the dropped pilot led to a Deadline reported that the series tested well but skewed “too female” at early screenings.
Sarah Shahi, who plays the lead character in the pilot, took to Twitter after hearing the news and thanked fans for their support, but also addressed the report about her show being “too female.”
“Some things are just not meant to be, but nice to know it tested well…,” Shahi, 36, posted on her Twitter. “Thank you for the [love]. I believe we need strong female role models. She def could have been one.”
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CBS has passed on drama pilot Drew, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, with producers CBS Television Studios now shopping the drama elsewhere.
Described as a contemporary take on the character from the iconic Nancy Drew book series, CBS’ drama pilot focused on Nancy (Person of Interest’s Sarah Shahi), now in her 30s and a detective for the NYPD where she investigated and solved crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.
CBS has found its 21st century Nancy Drew: Sarah Shahi has landed the lead role in the procedural drama pilot.
The Person of Interest actress will play a grown-up version of the teen sleuth in the network’s contemporary take on the iconic character from the book series.
The pitch: “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.”
When CBS released its spring 2016 schedule, “Person of Interest” was noticeably absent from the lineup. A CBS rep told TV By the Numbers that Season 5 will air “sometime this season,” a sentiment CBS president Glenn Geller expanded on during the 2016 TCA winter press tour Tuesday (Jan. 12) — but he added a tease about Sarah Shahi’s return.
“We ordered 13 episodes and we hope to get them on this spring, that’s what we’re targeting right now,” says Geller. “[Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman] have planned a terrific season. I can’t wait for fans of the show to see it, it’ll be a real treat for the viewers.”
When asked about the return of Shahi, who went on maternity leave in Season 4, Geller tells Zap2it, “Yes! You can look forward to it with great gusto, she’s amazing.” When pressed for details, Geller played coy. “I think Jonah and Greg would kill me if I said anything other than it’s fantastic,” he says.
As for Season 5 being “Person of Interest’s” final season, which is what executive producer JJ Abrams previously said is likely, Geller says, “We haven’t aired the show yet, and I’m not sure.”
But he does add that the final Season 5 episode “could function as both a season and a series finale.”
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