CBS passed on greenlighting a rebooted Nancy Drew series. The pilot starred Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest) as a grown-up version of the teenaged detective who now works at the NYPD in the modern world. The pilot was written and produced by Grey’s Anatomy executive producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan.
Shahi, a Persian actress, was cast a month and a half after CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said the network’s Nancy Drew would be diverse. The pilot for Nancy Drew co-starred Anthony Edwards as Carson Drew, Felix Solis as Lieutenant Ford, Vanessa Ferlito as George Fayne, Steve Kazee as Ned Nickerson, Debra Monk as Hannah Gruen, and Rob McClure as Dan Bennett.
The character Nancy Drew was created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer and first appeared in 1930. The books were published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene but were ghostwritten by a different of authors.
Warner Bros. first brought Nancy Drew to the screen. She was played by former child actress Bonita Granville for films directed by William Clemens in the late 1930s.
Desilu and CBS cast Roberta Shore in the title role of Nancy Drew, Detective In 1957. But the pilot couldn’t bag. The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries series starred Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy for the first season and Janet Louise Johnson as a mid-season 2 replacement. It ran from 1977 to 1979 on ABC.
Margot Kidder and her daughter starred on Nancy Drew and Daughter for USA Network, but it was cancelled after Kidder was injured while shooting the first episode.
Warner Bros. Pictures released the movied aptation of Nancy Drew on June 15, 2007. It starred Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, Max Thieriot as Ned Nickerson and Tate Donovan as Carson Drew.