The news has been out for a while that a Nancy Drew television show was in the works, and now there’s been confirmation that an updated version of the plucky, well-dressed female detective is coming later this year. Check out this synopsis (via Deadline) and tell me* this doesn’t pique your interest.
Drew is described as a contemporary take on the character from the books, with a diverse Nancy, now in her 30s, working as a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.Setting aside the fact that “diverse” is an odd descriptor for an individual (I DO understand and appreciate what they’re going for here!), that sounds like something that would be killer on the CW: just the right mix of Veronica Mars meets Monk, with maybe a bit of a more adult Supergirl vibe thrown in, full of tongue-in-cheek nods and winks to the original books. I would absolutely watch that show. Hell, even FX or Comedy Central could do amazing things with an adult Nancy Drew.
Except— and here’s where the dream is killed— this isn’t going to air on any of those networks. No, this is a CBS show. The most humorless and least self-aware network, whose tongue would never think of meeting its own cheek. And the creators are the team behind Grey’s Anatomy.
Which means any silliness, any potentially satirical or deliciously over-the-top potential you read in that synopsis is most likely just going to be plain earnestness. This will surely be what Dustin originally predicted: “a bangin’ hot, tinder-swiping Mentalist.” Which, again, could be AMAZING. If only it were in capable hands. But it’s not, so prepar for Nancy Drew to bore the pants off of you.
*Can’t wait to see just how many of you take me literally on this. I bet it’s lots.