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Season 2 of the television series Nancy Drew premiered on January 20, 2021,[2] airing Wednesday nights at 9pm on The CW, once again following the show Riverdale.[3] Season 2 was picked up on January 7, 2020.[4] It was initially slated to premiere in Fall 2020, but productions were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the season was delayed until January 2021.

Season 2 was initially given a full season order. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the episode count was shortened to eighteen, as confirmed by Kennedy McMann on Twitter.[1]

Synopsis

Official synopsis for season 2:[5]

Season two of NANCY DREW follows the legendary teen detective as she solves mysteries – both earthbound and supernatural – in her haunted hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine. Nancy (Kennedy McMann) leads a sleuthing team of unlikely friends: George Fan (Leah Lewis), whose clairvoyant heritage will emerge through her encounters with the paranormal; Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani), a con artist and heiress with multiple lady admirers; Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), Nancy’s ex and George’s boyfriend, a gifted mechanic with a tragic past; and philosophical slacker Ace (Alex Saxon), whose computer-hacking skills have caused secret troubles that will soon be exposed. In season one, the Drew Crew helped Nancy discover the stunning truth that Lucy Sable, the ghost who’d been haunting her all season, was her biological mother, and her biological father was corrupt billionaire Ryan Hudson (Riley Smith). Season two is a direct pickup from season one, so it will span the autumn of 2019, during Nancy’s gap year before college. Ryan will attempt to redeem himself through forging a father-daughter bond with Nancy while keeping her parentage a secret from the rest of his powerful family.

Nancy will also find a way forward with her adoptive father Carson Drew (Scott Wolf) by becoming an investigator for his legal practice. Her adventures will bring the Drew Crew standalone cases, new romances, and emotional journeys of self-reinvention as Nancy tries to navigate with both her biological parent and the man who raised her – but the compounding intrigue and menace of the Hudson family will ultimately force her to make a life-altering choice between her two fathers. NANCY DREW is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire, with executive producers 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”).

Cast and characters

Starring:

Guest stars returning from season 1:

Recurring guest stars introduced in season 2:

Non-recurring guest stars:

Co-stars returning from season 1:

Recurring named co-stars:

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Air Date Director Written by
19 1 The Search for the Midnight Wraith[8] Jan 20, 2021 Larry Teng Noga Landau & Melinda Hsu Taylor

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Nancy and the Drew Crew are still reeling from witnessing the visions of their deaths. They realize even more so now that they need to come up with a plan to stop the Aglaeca before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Detective Tamura shows up at The Claw to bring Nancy in for questioning as she is now a suspect in a mysterious comatose girl’s assault.

20 2 The Reunion of Lost Souls[9] Jan 27, 2021 Eduardo Sanchez Andrea Thornton Bolden

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Nancy and the Drew Crew continue to search for clues to battle the Aglaeca. Meanwhile, George has an unfortunate first encounter with Nick’s visiting mother. Lastly, Carson and Ace have a heart-to-heart.

21 3 The Secret of Solitary Scribe[10] Feb 3, 2021 Rachel Raimist Alex Taub

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With time running out, Nancy and the Drew Crew come up with a plan that they think might help reverse the curse that the Aglaeca placed on them.

22 4 The Fate of the Buried Treasure[11] Feb 10, 2021 Larry Teng Celine Geiger

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Nancy and the Drew Crew race against the clock to find a way to destroy the Aglaeca before she can destroy them. Meanwhile, Ace reaches out to Carson for a favor.

23 5 The Drowned Woman[12] Feb 17, 2021 Larry Teng Noga Landau & Melinda Hsu Taylor

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Tensions flare between Nancy and the Drew Crew as they continue to fight the Aglaeca. Meanwhile, Bess makes a mistake that could cause all of them their lives. Lastly, George has a beautiful bonding moment with her sisters.

24 6 The Riddle of the Broken Doll[13] Feb 24, 2021 Larry Teng Erika Harrison & Andrea Thornton Bolden

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Nancy and the Drew Crew learn that they have a new battle on their hands. Meanwhile, George's strange behavior leaves Nick feeling unsettled. Lastly, Carson makes Nancy an offer she can't refuse.

25 7 The Legend of the Murder Hotel[14] Mar 10, 2021 Roxanne Benjamin Katherine DiSavino

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Nancy is approached by a group of young girls asking for help in finding a volleyball teammate they believe was kidnapped by a ghost. Meanwhile, Ace and Amanda share a moment.

26 8

The Quest for the Spider Sapphire[15]

Mar 17, 2021 Roxanne Benjamin Lisa Bao

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Nancy and George work together to vanquish the ghost who's been timesharing George's body since they defeated the Aglaeca. Meanwhile, no one is more surprised than Bess when a blast from her past comes knocking.

27 9 The Bargain of the Blood Shroud Mar 24, 2021 Amanda Row Alex Taub

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Nancy and the Drew Crew strike a deal with Gil Bobbsey. Meanwhile, Carson runs into a distraught Bess.

28 10 The Spell of the Burning Bride Mar 31, 2021 Amanda Row Jesse Stern

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Nancy picks up a new investigating job involving the local florist and is pleasantly surprised when Gil Bobbsey is able to offer some assistance. Meanwhile, Ace receives a cryptic text message.

29 11 The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune Apr 7, 2021 Kristin Lehman Katie Schwartz

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Nancy and the Drew Crew work together to help one of their own. Meanwhile, Ryan has an interesting conversation with Celia.

30 12 The Trail of the Missing Witness Apr 14, 2021 Kristin Lehman Jen Vestuto & Melissa Marlette

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WHO ARE YOU? - Nancy and Celia Hudson go head to head. Meanwhile, Nick hires a new line cook at The Claw.

31 13 The Beacon of Moonstone Island Apr 28, 2021 Celine Ginger Ruben Garcia

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IT'S COMPLICATED - Gil insists on helping Nancy investigate a hunch on Moonstone Island, but Ace and Amanda are forced to step in when he is unable to be there for her. Meanwhile, Nick begins questioning Nancy's loyalty. Lastly, Odette is getting on George's last nerve. Scott Wolf, Maddison Jaizani and Riley Smith also star.

32 14 The Siege of the Unseen Specter May 5, 2021 Ramsey Nickell Andrea Thornton Bolden & Lisa Bao

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME - Nancy's birthday dinner with Carson is cut short when Detective Tamura shows up with a warrant to arrest her for contempt of court. Meanwhile, George, Bess, and Ace work together to summon up one of their ancestors to help locate Odette's Englishwoman lover Mary's soul amongst billions in the spirit world. Tunji Kasom and Riley Smith also star.

33 15 The Celestial Visitor May 12, 2021 Ruben Garcia Melinda Hsu Taylor & Nora Landon

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TIAN RICHARDS ("BURDEN," "DUMPLIN") GUEST STARS AS TOM SWIFT - As things begin to go haywire at The Claw, a striking stranger appears looking for Nancy, and announces himself as the billionaire Tom Swift. Meanwhile, Ace has issues with the way Nancy insists on handling things with Celia. Tunji Kasim, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani and Riley Smith also star.

34 16 The Purloined Keys May 19, 2021 Jeff W. Byrd Katherine DiSavino & Jesse Stern

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WARNING - Ryan and the Drew Crew work together to find a way to bring down Everett. Meanwhile, Carson gives Nancy a word of warning. Tunji Kasim, Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani also star.

35 17 The Judgement of the Perilous Captive May 26, 2021 Jeff W. Byrd Erika Harrison

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BEN HOLLINGSWORTH ("CODE BLACK") GUEST STARS - Nancy finally has Everett exactly where she wants him. Meanwhile, Nick receives upsetting news from one of his tenants, Jake Cazine, about the youth center he wants to open. Lastly, Carson shares something disturbing with Bess. Leah Lewis and Alex Saxon also star.

36 18 The Echo of Lost Tears June 2, 2021 Amanda Row Noga Landau & Katie Schwartz

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SEASON FINALE - Carson, Ryan and the Drew Crew work together to help Nancy.

Production Notes

  • On September 4, 2020, this season was greenlit to start production.[16]
  • On September 29, 2020 production officially started.[17]
    • However, production shut down the next day due to delays in processing COVID-19 tests in British Columbia. Luckily, the stoppage was temporary. [18]
    • On October 5, 2020 the official Nancy Drew Instagram account posted a picture with the caption, "The Drew Crew is back on set solving mysteries for Season 2!" signaling production had resumed.[19]
  • The character Tom Swift appears in an episode this season, with plans for a spin-off series. Like the character Nancy Drew, Tom Swift is a fictional character who originated from Stratemeyer Syndicate. "Plans are for Tom to crash into one of Nancy’s investigations, an event which Nancy interprets as supernatural and Tom believes to be cosmically paranormal". The hope is that is appearance will generate a potential spin-off series called Tom Swift, which would also air on the CW network. [20]
  • On October 11, 2020, the cast and executive producers gathered for a virtual New York Comic Con panel. Noga Landau teased that new characters would appear this season. Some character have appeared in book iterations while others are exclusive to the series.[22]
    • Noga also teased that the supernatural elements from the first season would carry over to the second season, with the Aglaeca returning as, "she’s not going away easy — if at all," but confirmed that, "we have a whole bunch of new ones along the way, because Horseshoe Bay is a little bit haunted and we’re going to dig deeper" and "see more and more of the things that hide in the shadows."[22]
  • Larry Teng directed episodes 201, 204, 205 & 206 as a block over 35 days. It was a feat of logistics and collaboration to capture the footage.[23]
  • The idea to have the underage characters drink sparkling cider instead of alcoholic beverages came from Melinda Hsu Taylor.[24]
  • Filming for the season officially wrapped on April 29, 2021. Kennedy McMann confirmed that production never had to shut down because of COVID-19.[25]

Gallery

Main article: Season 2/Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Twitter: Kennedy McMann confirms an 18-episode count via Twitter.
  2. https://tvline.com/2020/10/29/the-cw-premiere-dates-2021-the-flash-superman-and-lois/
  3. Deadline: The CW 2020-21 Schedule: New Season Launching In January, ‘Supernatural’ Conclusion & Acquisitions In Fall by Nellie Andreeva. May 14, 2020.
  4. Deadline: The CW Renews 13 Series Including ‘Batwoman’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Riverdale’ & ‘All American’ by Nellie Andreeva. January 7, 2020.
  5. http://www.ksitetv.com/superman-lois/the-cws-new-season-to-launch-january-2021/203424/
  6. 6.0 6.1 Deadline: ‘Nancy Drew’: Aadila Dosani To Recur On Season 2 Of CW Series by Denise Petski. December 11, 2020.
  7. Deadline: Tian Richards Cast As Lead Tom Swift In ‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff On the CW by Nellie Andreeva. January 26, 2021.
  8. https://www.spoilertv.com/2020/12/nancy-drew-episode-201-search-for.html
  9. http://www.ksitetv.com/nancy-drew/nancy-drew-spoilers-the-reunion-of-lost-souls/208516/?fbclid=IwAR2fimU0XXfWCUbB-XhKg5HIy6Yeu8XDTPQfQK07YUq05VUsNtYmG3wUvrU
  10. https://www.spoilertv.com/2021/01/nancy-drew-episode-203-secret-of.html
  11. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20210122cw10/
  12. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20210128cw09/
  13. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20210204cw08/
  14. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20210218cw08/
  15. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20210226cw08/
  16. https://deadline.com/2020/09/blue-bloods-seal-team-charmed-latest-cbs-tv-studios-series-greenlit-restart-productionevil-pending-nancy-drew-diary-of-a-female-president-blood-and-treasure-1234571273/#respond
  17. https://www.nerdsandbeyond.com/2020/09/29/the-drew-crew-is-back-as-nancy-drew-begins-filming/
  18. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/riverdale-batwoman-shut-down-coronavirus-testing-1234787386/?fbclid=IwAR0iKm6GFqNhUy0HTO092jQ9JH3bClaBB21LEMtXC1rcmWmlDipsaFdo_gE
  19. https://www.instagram.com/
  20. https://tvline.com/2020/10/28/nancy-drew-spinoff-tom-swift-black-gay-the-cw/
  21. https://deadline.com/2021/02/ruben-garcia-to-direct-tom-swift-planted-spinoff-episode-nancy-drew-1234689913/
  22. 22.0 22.1 https://deadline.com/2020/10/nancy-drew-kennedy-mcmann-scott-wolf-alex-saxon-leah-lewis-maddison-jaizani-tunji-kasim-riley-smith-melinda-hsu-taylor-noga-landau-new-york-comic-con-1234595533/
  23. https://twitter.com/DrewCrewWriters/status/1362217771896098817
  24. https://twitter.com/DrewCrewWriters/status/1362280182950875136
  25. https://twitter.com/kennedymcmann/status/1388185990401912832