Friday Chat: Nancy Drew TV Show

Hey all! I just thought to stop by again and write another post since I missed two days this week from being out.

In case you missed the latest Nancy Drew news, here’s the scoop: CBS is making a new Nancy Drew tv series!

Read the full article at Hollywood Reporter here.

Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew from the 2007 movie.

Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew from the 2007 movie.

So here are the facts: Nancy Drew will be a non-caucasian New York police detective in her 30s. This is very different than the original Nancy Drew of the 1930s.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for the show? Are you interested in what this modern new Nancy Drew will be like?

-Little Jackalope

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23 responses to “Friday Chat: Nancy Drew TV Show”

  1. Huw Miller says:

    I’m alright with this. Sometimes, a change needs to be done. Hopefully she’s still with Ned. And they better feature Bess and George and the Hardy Boys at some point throughout the series.

    • Emily Winson says:

      I’ve seen the movie, and it is just too modern. I like the Nancy Drew Hardy Boys a little better. I have also read the books. I’m a fan of Nancy Drew, but that movie wasn’t one of my favorites. [The movie was exciting at some points, but I am so used to the books that are full of excitement.]

  2. Bekah says:

    I am kind of angry about it. I love Nancy Drew and all, but there’s a reason I love the games- she traveled all across the world. As soon as they said mid-30s in NYC they lost me. We have enough NYC detective dramas. I will probably react to this how I reacted to the movie years ago….pretend it doesn’t exist >_< As long as the games keep being awesome I don't need anything more 🙂

  3. Will says:

    All in all, the new show sounds pretty cool and I’m excited to watch it! I think it’s kind of interesting that Nancy will be portrayed as non-Caucasian, though it seems kind of strange to be so strongly against having a white person be the lead role (Almost a little racist :/). To me, I feel like they should focus on finding an actress who can fill the role of Nancy Drew best, be it white, black, Asian, Hispanic, or what have you. There’s nothing wrong with a non-Caucasian Nancy, it’s an interesting twist on a classic character. I just hope that when they’re casting, they don’t try to prioritize skin color in making their decision (though it already seems as if they’re doing that…). The best actress is the best actress, regardless of their skin color :/ That’s my take on it anyways.

    • Adriana says:

      Yeah I agree

      • Kit says:

        It will change the dynamic of the show. I’m not sure the change will be a bad one though, the old books mostly ignore civil rights issues and the like, so if it delves into the hatred toward noncaucasian people in the 20th, it will be interesting to see if social issues combine well with Nancy Drew. We’ll see.

  4. Rose T. says:

    I think that it would be interesting to have a non-Caucasian Nancy and see how that will play out, but, honestly, I don’t think we need to change the lead role’s color to be more diverse. There are plenty of other ways to be diverse without changing Nancy’s color. But, we’ll see.

  5. terez says:

    yes!!!!!!!! i was hoping that they would make a new nancy drew tv series!!!!!!!

  6. Amy says:

    I was super excited to see that there was going to be a TV show, but I agree with Bekah and Will. I like the teenage Nancy. Also, Nancy does not like to be paid for the mysteries she solves, so it doesn’t make sense that she would do just that for a living. And it sounds like they are prioritizing skin color, which is extremely ethnicist. The best actress is the best actress, despite her background. Also, I saw that they said Nancy herself is ethnically ambiguous, which bothered me because the books clearly state Kate Drew as being Scottish, and Nancy as being blond/titian with blue eyes and light skin. I’m all for giving the role to any woman, no matter what she looks like, as long as she can act the part. But when they say they just won’t hire a caucasian… that makes me uncomfortable.

    • Will says:

      Yes totally agree! There’s no way they can say “ambiguous” when she’s obviously white 😛 There’s nothing wrong with a change in skin color, but why lie about the classic Nancy and then adamantly refuse a white actress? It just feels wrong.

  7. Will, Rose, and Amy, Ditto.

  8. Lily says:

    I don’t mind Nancy being non Caucasian. I don’t mind her being in her 30s. But being a cop? Haven’t you people played last train to blue moon canyon? 😛

  9. InsanelyNiice says:

    Oh my goodness! I Cannot wait!! It’s going to be epic, I swear!!
    I have a question!
    When is the new Nancy Drew game coming out??
    Will Ned ask Nancy that question?
    Will we ever find out???
    I’m on the edge of my seat, i’m dying to know!!

  10. Amy Christine says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about this but If it’s like NCIS or Hawaii Five-0 or maybe The Cosby Show (probably just because of Clair being a lawyer…), I’m interested! It will be really weird as Nancy Drew will be totally different from what I imagine her but like I said, if it’s another crime show I like, I’ll watch it!

  11. Katie says:

    Blah. Changing her ethnicity and age is slightly annoying, but not too big a deal. Putting her in NY is super annoying. All together, doesn’t sound like Nancy Drew at all.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t mind Nancy being a different race (although I will admit, it does feel strange how CBS seems to be adamantly rejecting Nancy’s original race). However, I don’t think that Nancy being in her 30s and living in New York keeps with the spirit of what makes Nancy Drew so special. One of the biggest points of recognition that Nancy has is the fact that she’s a teenage girl. So suddenly being in her 30s and working at the NYPD just makes it sound like another modern cop show. Also, River Heights is a large factor of Nancy’s identity, so I feel like moving her out of the suburbs and into the city kind of sucks out the homeliness/down-to-earth quality Nancy seems to embody.

  13. Hannah says:

    It sounds like a good show but I doubt I will think of her as Nancy Drew, and I don’t like how they’re changing her story and what she looks like.

  14. Charisma says:

    I love the old TV show. I just hope that this show doesn’t ruin the show and well, the entire universe of Nancy Drew. At least I know that I could always go back to the amazing games you all make here. Never stop making these games! Cannot wait till Midnight at Salem. I love anything about witches so not only is it about witches, it is a Nancy Drew game. Nancy Drew + witches = PERFECTION!!!

  15. Amber says:

    I don’t care too much about the change in ethnicity, other than the fact that the article says she is written ‘diverse’. I’m not sure what that means, but I sincerely hope it doesn’t mean we have to listen to her whining about how everyone is raciest.

    I don’t care that they aged her up to 30, considering Nancy has been aged up from 16 to 18 before.

    What bothers me is that she’s a cop, not an amateur sleuth. Cops don’t get to help orphans find missing wills, or stay at Haunted Mansions. She’ll have to stick with investigating real crimes, not traveling the globe helping the innocent through snooping..

  16. Sara Steele says:

    As a devotee to historical fiction I am very disappointed that a new Nancy Drew may portrayed as a non-Caucasian, police detective in her 30s. A non-Caucasian police detective in her 30s sounds exciting, but she should have a new name and be her own person. Surely, there is enough writing talent out there to create this person instead of having to borrow on a name from the 1930s. It’s just the name they want. Next thing we know Hercule Poirot will be a Japanese teenie-bopper. Let’s get real folks. Put pen to paper or fingers to keypad and start writing!

  17. I love nancy drew and her quotes

  18. Long-time ND Fan says:

    I did not learn of this news until today. What a great thing to think about now! In a broad view, this is inevitable. Several ideas come to mind: it is likely that ND readers and ND gamers come in all sizes, shapes, ages, races, genders, occupations, household sizes, residences, etc. Nancy has used Eloise’s place in New York as home base, so it makes sense that she now lives and works in New York. As long as this Nancy is smart, gutsy, inquisitive, and has friends named Helen, George, Bess, Ned, Dave, Burt, Frank, and Joe, I love it. Beyond that, it will be fun to find out how 30-something Nancy is portrayed in the 21st century. (Gamers might suppose that Professor Beatrice Gertrude Winifred Hotchkiss would exclaim, “Oooh, la la! It’s all so 21st c.”)

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