I’m not sure if any of you will be too bummed to hear that CBS has decided to pull the plug on its Nancy Drew series, which was in the running to air in the network’s fall season. The contemporary version of an adult super sleuth, working as an NYPD detective while also “navigating the complexities of life in a modern world” may not have been on your list of anticipated new shows, and you might not have ever cared about its cancellation. But then CBS had to go and give the worst, grossest reason for pulling this plug, and good job, CBS, because NOW WE ALL CARE. According to Deadline, the pilot tested well but the show was ultimately pulled because it “skewed too female for CBS’ schedule.”
Okay, first of all, CBS:
Really? The super hot, Tinder-swiping lady detective wasn’t going to appeal to menfolk? I suppose this is why CBS also dropped Supergirl, but at least that moved over to the consistently woman-friendly CW.
Here are the shows the network did pick up: A Training Day sequel and MacGyver reboot, a Jason Katims show about a (male) Silicon Valley bigwig, and a Matt LeBlanc vehicle (BECAUSE THAT’S STILL A THING?). Nancy Drew was reportedly up against a Katherine Heigl/Laverne Cox series, clearly with only room for one because “too male” isn’t a thing when male-led shows are seen as neutral and a female lead is niche. Two shows starring women, about woman things in a woman world (I always thought it was the same world, but that doesn’t seem to be how network executives see it) is going to make everyone in the CBS offices and sets and audiences start menstruating together immediately on synced up cycles and then we’re all doomed, I guess.
For more reactions to this systemic shittiness, let’s turn to our good friend Twitter Rage.
Imagine if someone had decided “Buffy” was #TooFemale to be on TV. We’d have missed out on one of the greatest shows ever.— Call Me Root (@CloneNic) May 15, 2016
"Entourage" made it all the way through development without someone worrying it was "Too Douche." #toofemale— quinn cummings (@quinncy) May 15, 2016
#toofemale is code for "this wasn't written under the male gaze, it doesn't cater to my male taste. I'm uncomfortable"— Laura (@Lrbcn) May 15, 2016
The real reason people don't watch many shows about WoC is because people only watch shows that exist. #TooFemale— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) May 15, 2016
I just have a hard time with a world where a tv show can be #toofemale but a movie can't be too made by a child molester.— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) May 15, 2016