Nancy Drew is a television series from The CW, based on the Nancy Drew series. It premiered Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 9PM ET/PT on The CW.[1]

The second season is currently airing on The CW, and the series was renewed for a third season on February 3, 2021.[2]


Official season 1 synopsis:[3]

Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), and amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon). The five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way. Nancy’s reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August). And, when a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl. Whether the ghost is here to help, or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Nancy’s going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes. Executive produced by Noga Landau (“The Magicians”), Melinda Hsu Taylor (“The Gifted,” “The Vampire Diaries”), Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl,” “Dynasty,” “Runaways”), Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “Dynasty,” “Runaways”) and Lis Rowinski (“Dynasty,” “Runaways”), NANCY DREW is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire.

Cast and characters


Season and episodes

Season Episode count Premiere episode Finale episode
Title Date Title Date
1 18 Pilot Oct 9, 2019 The Clue in the Captain's Painting Apr 15, 2020
2 18 The Search for the Midnight Wraith Jan 20, 2021 tba 2021
3 tba tba tba tba tba

For a list of episodes, see: Category:Episodes (2019).


In September 2018, The CW announced that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were developing a new Nancy Drew television series.[4]

On January 23, 2019, a pilot was ordered.[5][6][7] In February, Kennedy McMann was cast as the lead Nancy Drew, Leah Lewis was cast as George,[8] and Tunji Kasim was cast as Ned “Nick” Nickerson.[9] In March, Maddison Jaizani was cast as Bess, Alex Saxon was cast as Ace,[10] and Alvina August was cast as Detective Karen Hunt.[11] Freddie Prinze Jr. was cast as Nancy's father Carson Drew,[12] but in May, Scott Wolf was cast to replace him in the role.[13] In April, Pamela Sue Martin, who portrayed Nancy Drew in the 1970s, was cast to guest star as Harriet Grosset.[14][15]

The pilot was filmed in Vancouver, Canada from March 25 to April 9 under the working title The Haunting of Nancy Drew.[16][17]

On May 7, 2019, The CW announced that the project was picked up for series.[18] The first trailer was released the following week on May 16, 2019.[3]

Principal photography for season 1 began on July 22, 2019, and was to expected to end on December 9, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia before more episodes were ordered pushing it back to April 7, 2020.[19] However, due to ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, production shut down three weeks before.[20]


Season 1

Main article: Season 1/Gallery

Season 2

Main article: Season 2/Gallery


  • The series airs simultaneously in Canada on W Network.[21]
  • On March 12, 2020, production of the first season was shut down indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 corona-virus pandemic.[20]
  • Nancy Drew: Season 1 DVD became available for purchase on Amazon and in select stores on October 6, 2020.[22][23]

External links


  1. KSite TV: The CW Reveals Their 2019-2020 Schedule: Batwoman On Sunday. May 16, 2019.
  2. Deadline: The CW Renews 12 Series Including ‘The Flash’, ‘Riverdale’ & Freshman ‘Walker’ by Peter White. February 3, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 KSite TV: Nancy Drew: Trailer For The CW’s New Mystery. May 16, 2019.
  4. Deadline: Nancy Drew Drama From Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage In Works At the CW. September 7, 2018.
  5. The Hollywood Reporter: 'Riverdale,' 'Jane' Spinoffs, 'Lost Boys,' Nancy Drew Reboots Nab CW Pilot Orders. January 23, 2019.
  6. Variety: CW Orders Pilots for ‘Jane the Virgin’ Spinoff, ‘Lost Boys,’ ‘Katy Keene,’ Nancy Drew Project. January 23, 2019.
  7. Deadline: ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Jane’ Spinoffs, ‘Nancy Drew’ & ‘The Lost Boys’ Get the CW Pilot Orders. January 23, 2019.
  8. Deadline: The CW Pilot Finds Its Nancy Drew In Kennedy McMann, Casts Leah Lewis, Sets Larry Teng To Direct, Melinda Hsu To Run. February 14, 2019.
  9. Deadline: The CW’s Nancy Drew Pilot Casts Tunji Kasim As Male Lead. February 24, 2019.
  10. Deadline: The CW’s Nancy Drew Pilot Casts Maddison Jaizani & Alex Saxon. March 7, 2019.
  11. Deadline: Alvina August Cast In The CW’s Nancy Drew Pilot. March 18, 2019.
  12. Variety: Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins Nancy Drew Pilot at CW. March 15, 2019.
  13. Deadline: ‘Nancy Drew’: Scott Wolf Replacing Freddie Prinze Jr. In CW Drama Series. May 9, 2019.
  14. Deadline: TV’s Original Nancy Drew, Pamela Sue Martin, Cast In the CW Pilot Adaptation. April 5, 2019.
  15. The Wrap: ‘Nancy Drew': The CW Pilot Casts Original Nancy Drew Pamela Sue Martin. April 5, 2019.
  16. Filming in Vancouver: Nancy Drew, Nasim Pedrad, and—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? February 25, 2019.
  17. Hollywood North: Vancouver film industry revs up for TV pilot season. February 27, 2019.
  18. TVLine: Katy Keene, Nancy Drew Both Land Series Orders at The CW. May 7, 2019.
  19. "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. July 4, 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Deadline: Coronavirus: TV Shows That Have Halted Or Delayed Production Amid Outbreak by Erik Pedersen. March 13, 2020.
  21. W Network listing for Nancy Drew.
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