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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 third season finished airing on The CW and it was renewed for a fourth season. [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 The Echo of Lost Tears Jun 2, 2021
3 13 The Warning of the Frozen Heart Oct 8, 2021 The Ransom of the Forsaken Soul January 28, 2022
4 13 tba 2023 tba 2023

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] In the events following the global pandemic, episode 18 served as the season finale[21], four episodes earlier than intended. Production had paused during filming of episode 20.[22]

On September 29, 2020, filming for Season 2 officially began.[23] However, production shut down the next day due to delays in processing COVID-19 tests in British Columbia. Luckily, the stoppage was temporary.[24] By October 5, 2020 production had resumed.[25] Filming for the season officially wrapped on April 29, 2021. Kennedy McMann confirmed that production never had to shut down because of COVID-19.[26]

On February 3, 2021, Nancy Drew was renewed for a third season.[27]

The following March Nancy Drew was picked up for a fourth season.


Season 1

Main article: Season 1/Gallery

Season 2

Main article: Season 2/Gallery

Season 3

Main article: Season 2/Gallery


  • The series airs simultaneously in Canada on W Network.[28]
  • 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.[29][30]
  • On October 28, 2020 co-creators Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu Taylor, and newcomer Cameron Johnson announced the development of creating the "Drew-niverse. The first proposed spin-off starred fellow Stratemeyer character Tom Swift and followed his journey trying to locate his missing father in a world of science and fantasy.[31]
    • On January 26, 2021, Tian Richards was cast at the titular character Tom Swift.[32].
    • On May 11, 2021, it was announced that Grammy, NAACP, and Emmy-award winning actor LeVar Burton would lend his voice as the AI Barclay in both Tom Swift and the backdoor pilot in Nancy Drew.[33]
    • The Nancy Drew episode "The Celestial Visitor" served as a backdoor pilot for the Tom Swift spin-off series.
    • On May 24, 2021, The CW announced that the Tom Swift series was in contention with a decision not having been made yet. The news came alongside an announcement regarding the network's six other potential projects, where two series were given orders, one a pilot rewrite, and three were passed.[34]
    • Finally in August it was announced that the series was picked up.[35]

External links


  1. KSite TV: The CW Reveals Their 2019-2020 Schedule: Batwoman On Sunday. May 16, 2019.
  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. According to the writers on Twitter
  22. Instagram post from director Rachel Raimist: So production got shut down and I don’t get to finish shooting my Nancy Drew episode. March 14, 2020.
  27. ‘Walker,’ ‘Flash,’ ‘Riverdale’ Among 12 CW Shows to Score Early Renewals
  28. W Network listing for Nancy Drew.
  31. Deadline: ‘Tom Swift’ Series In the Works At the CW As ‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff.
  32. Deadline: Tian Richards Cast As Lead Tom Swift In ‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff On the CW
  33. Deadline: ‘Tom Swift’: LeVar Burton Lends Voice To ‘Nancy Drew’ Planted Spinoff