CBS Passes on Nancy Drew Reboot; Drama Being Shopped Elsewhere

Sarah Shahi was set to star as the iconic detective in the project from Joan Rater and Tony Phelan that is now being shopped elsewhere.
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Sarah Shahi

Nancy Drew's return to TV has been delayed.

CBS has passed on drama pilot Drew, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, with producers CBS Television Studios now shopping the project 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 Entertainment president Glenn Geller told THR in January that the network's Nancy Drew would be diverse. Shahi, a Persian actress, was cast a month and a half later.

Broadcast, cable and streaming outlets have made diversity a high priority as the small screen looks to better represent society as well as lure new and potentially underserved viewers amid a crowed landscape.

Sources say Drew, which co-starred Anthony Edwards and Vanessa Ferlito, did not come in as strong as the network would have hoped. Multiple industry observers noted that it was a toss-up between Katherine Heigl legal drama Doubt and Drew for the remaining drama slot at CBS. 

Both Doubt and Drew were written and executive produced by husband-and-wife duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey's Anatomy) via their deal with CBS Television Studios.

For its part, CBS has ordered five new dramas for the 2016-17 broadcast season, including reboots of MacGyver and Training Day, as Geller has put a focus on tried-and-true procedurals. Also coming next season are Dr. Phil trial consulting drama Bull and medical entry Pure Genius.

Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series pickups with THR's handy scorecard and follow the pilot crop status here. For full Upfronts 2016 coverage, go to THR.com/upfronts.

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