Nancy Drew (2019 TV series)

Nancy Drew is an American supernatural mystery drama television series based on the series of mystery novels about the titular character. The series was adapted for The CW by Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and is produced by CBS Studios, in association with Fake Empire.

Nancy Drew
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Genre
Based onNancy Drew
by Edward Stratemeyer
Developed by
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes38
Production
Executive producers
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography
  • John S. Bartley
  • Barry Donlevy
  • Shamus Whiting-Hewlett
  • Ryan Purcell
  • Andrew MacLeod
  • Bruce Worrall
Editors
  • Jesse Ellis
  • Marc Pattavina
  • Hector Carrillo
  • L. Schroeder
  • Meghan Robertson
  • Scott Melendez
  • Erin Willetts
  • Brian H. Merrick
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time40–44 minutes
Production companies
DistributorCBS Media Ventures
Release
Original networkThe CW
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09) –
present (present)
External links
Website

It is the third Nancy Drew television series, following The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977–1979) and a 1995 Canadian-American version. Development for a new television series started in 2015 at CBS, then later at NBC. In 2018, the project moved to The CW where the series was ordered for a pilot.

The series is narrated and led by the amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, played by Kennedy McMann, and features an ensemble cast with re-imagined versions of the characters from the books: Leah Lewis as George Fan, Maddison Jaizani as Bess Marvin, Tunji Kasim as Ned Nickerson and Scott Wolf as Carson Drew. It also stars Alex Saxon, Alvina August and Riley Smith as new characters invented for the series.[1]

The series debuted on October 9, 2019 to mixed reviews. In October 2019, The CW picked up the series for a full season and in January 2020, the network renewed the series for a second season which premiered on January 20, 2021.[2][3][4] In February 2021, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on October 8, 2021.[5][6]

PremiseEdit

After her college plans are put on hold, 18-year-old Nancy Drew finds herself involved in a ghostly mystery when she and her four friends are witnesses (and suspects) to a murder and they all team up to find the person responsible.[7]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew, a brilliant former teenage detective whose sense of self used to come from solving mysteries, but who finds herself reluctantly drawn into a homicide case connecting to her family. This leads her to resume her old career with the assistance of a group of close friends, the Drew Crew. By the end of season 1, she discovers that the Drews are not her biological parents and that she is really a member of the wealthy, corrupt Hudson family.[8][9]
  • Leah Lewis as Georgia "George" Fan, Nancy's old nemesis from high school and the manager at the local diner, The Bayside Claw, which she later buys with the help of Nick.[9][10]
    • Lewis also portrays Odette Lamar (season 2), a formerly vengeful spirit in George's body.
  • Maddison Jaizani as Bess Turani Marvin, a rich city girl with a mysterious past who works as a waitress with Nancy at The Bayside Claw and is also part of the Drew Crew.[9][10]
  • Tunji Kasim as Ned "Nick" Nickerson, a former teenage convict and football player who now runs an auto repair shop. He is Nancy's ex-boyfriend and part of the Drew Crew.[9][11]
  • Alex Saxon as Ace, the zen and amiable dishwasher/cook at The Bayside Claw with a secret to hide. He uses his computer hacking skills to assist the Drew Crew.[9][10]
  • Alvina August as Det. Karen Hart (season 1)[a], an investigator with the Horseshoe Bay police department who is dating Nancy's father Carson, but is later fired and arrested for interfering with a police investigation.[9][10]
  • Riley Smith as Ryan Hudson, a handsome and affluent socialite who is the husband of murder victim Tiffany Hudson. He repeatedly crosses paths with Nancy in his quest to usurp control of his family's fortune from his parents, who treat him as a failure. In the end of season 1, it is revealed that he is Nancy Drew's biological father and that her mother was Lucy Sable.[12][13]
  • Scott Wolf as Carson Drew, a criminal defense attorney and Nancy's widowed father, whose attempts to connect with Nancy since her mother's death have failed. Carson and his wife Katherine had secretly adopted Nancy in keeping with her biological mother's wishes.[9][14]

RecurringEdit

  • Ariah Lee as Ted Fan, one of George's younger sisters.
  • Anthony Natale as Thom, Ace's father and the former Captain of the Horseshoe Bay police. He is deaf and communicates with sign language.
  • Katie Findlay as Lisbeth (seasons 1-2), a woman working for the Hudson family and Bess's love interest. She is secretly an officer with the state police.
  • Teryl Rothery as Celia Hudson (seasons 1-2), Ryan's mother and Everett's wife.
  • Martin Donovan (season 1) / Andrew Airlie (season 2) as Everett Hudson (seasons 1-2), Ryan's father and Celia's husband. He is a powerful member of the Hudson family.
  • Judith Maxie as Diana Marvin (seasons 1-2), Bess's rich aunt who manipulates her niece into doing questionable things for the good of the family and a descendant of one of founding fathers of Horseshoe Bay
  • Carmen Moore as Hannah Gruen (seasons 1-2), a woman who works at the Historical Society
  • Liza Lapira as Victoria Fan (season 1; guest season 2), George's deadbeat mother who knows a lot of things about ghosts.
  • Adam Beach as Chief E. O. McGinnis (season 1), the Horseshoe Bay sheriff and Karen's boss. He isn't fond of Nancy's knack for interfering with police investigations, but occasionally helps her anyway. He eventually leaves Horseshoe Bay to take a job in a different town after facing allegations of incompetence in the investigation of Lucy Sable's death.
  • Sinead Curry as Tiffany Hudson (season 1), Ryan's wife who is murdered at the start of Season 1. Nancy's investigation reveals that she was killed by Lucy's half-brother.
  • Stephanie Van Dyck as the ghost of Lucy Sable (season 1), a girl killed 19 years ago who is revealed to be Nancy Drew's biological mother at the end of season 1. Lizzie Boys portrays Lucy alive in four episodes.
  • Sara Canning as Katherine Drew (season 1), Nancy's adoptive mother who died of pancreatic cancer a year earlier.
  • Miles Gaston Villanueva as Owen Marvin (season 1), the scion of a wealthy clan with ties to the Hudsons and a potential ally and love interest to Nancy. He dies as a result of refusing to call Nancy upstairs at the birthday party that Bess organized for Aunt Diana. We later find out Owen's death was because of Joshua and not the Aglaeca.[15]
  • Stevie Lynn Jones as Laura Tandy (season 1), Tiffany's sister who suspects her sister was murdered and pushes for further investigation, even drawing Ace, her ex-boyfriend, in to help. At the end of Season 1, she leaves to start a new life in Paris after finally ending things with Ace.
  • Kenneth Mitchell as Joshua Dodd (season 1), Lucy Sable's half-brother
  • Zoriah Wong as Charlie Fan (season 2-present; guest season 1), the youngest Fan daughter and one of George's younger sisters
  • Geraldine Chiu as Jesse Fan (season 2-present), the second-oldest Fan daughter and one of George's younger sisters
  • Ryan-James Hatanaka as Detective Abe Tamura (season 2), a new detective at Horseshoe Bay who inherits Karen Hart's cases
  • Aadila Dosani as Amanda Bobbsey (season 2), Gil's twin sister and Ace's love interest
  • Praneet Akilla as Gil Bobbsey (season 2), Amanda's twin brother and Nancy's love interest
  • Anja Savcic as Odette Lamar (season 2), the executed French heiress turned vengeful sea spirit, before inhabiting George's body
  • Rukiya Bernard as Valentina Samuels (season 2), a reporter hired to write puff pieces about the Hudson family
  • Shannon Kook as Grant (season 2), the new line cook at the Crab Shack and Ace's half-brother
  • Bo Martynowska as Temperance Hudson (season 3; guest season 2), Nancy's immortal ancestor and a former membre of the Women in White who practices witchcraft
  • John Harlan Kim as Agent Park (season 3), an FBI agent

GuestEdit

  • Pamela Sue Martin as Harriet Grosset (season 1), a medium.[16]
  • Zibby Allen as Rita Howell (seasons 1–2), a ghost and victim of the Aglaeca
  • Cecilia Grace Deacon as Autumn Curtis (seasons 1–2), a ghost Nancy met outside Claire's house
  • Jaime M. Callica as Perry Barber (seasons 1–2), a ghost Nancy met outside Claire's house
  • Luke Baines as John MacDonald (seasons 1–2), a ghost who believed Nick to be his deceased best friend.
  • Tian Richards as Tom Swift (season 2), a billionaire inventor.
  • LeVar Burton as Barclay (season 2), Tom's AI companion.
  • Jeryl Prescott Gallien as Millicent Nickerson (season 2), Nick's mother

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
218January 20, 2021 (2021-01-20)June 2, 2021 (2021-06-02)
3TBAOctober 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)TBA

Season 1 (2019–20)Edit

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11"Pilot"Larry TengTeleplay by : Noga Landau & Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage
Television Story by : Noga Landau
October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)1.18[18]
In the fictional town of Horseshoe Bay, Maine, retired teenage detective Nancy Drew is spending her gap year working as a waitress at The Bayside Claw while she deals with the grief of her mother Katherine's death. All that changes when one night, she and her co-workers George, Bess, and Ace discover the body of Tiffany Hudson, wife of local businessman Ryan Hudson. When the police chief tries to pin the murder on Nancy, whom he's despised for years, she breaks into Ryan's house looking for evidence and finds a locket hidden in a secret compartment. The locket contains a reference to Lucy Sable, a girl who was killed nineteen years ago; Nancy, Bess, and George hire a medium to contact Lucy's spirit and receive a cryptic message to "find the dress". Nancy discovers that her father is secretly dating a cop, Karen Hart, and that her boyfriend Nick served time after Tiffany testified against him in court. She decides to try and figure out who killed Tiffany, with Bess, George, and Nick among her potential suspects. That night, while investigating in the attic, she finds Lucy's bloodstained dress in a locked chest.
22"The Secret of the Old Morgue"Larry TengNoga LandauOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)0.80[19]
In an effort to improve his public image, Ryan takes part in the town's annual Seawater Festival, in which a bucket of seawater is placed outside to determine whether someone will die in the coming year. Nancy learns that the Hudson family has arranged for Tiffany's body to be moved out of town, so she decides to break into the morgue and take some blood to be analyzed. She also spies on George, learning of her secret relationship with Ryan. George angrily refuses to help, blaming Nancy for her reputation as a "slut" in high school. Bess and Ace pretend to have car trouble to delay Ryan's transporter Lisbeth, who hits it off with Bess. Nancy retrieves the blood and some evidence connected to Lucy's case, but accidentally trips the alarm; George suddenly arrives and hides the goods while Nancy is arrested. Carson agrees to represent Ryan in order to afford his daughter's bail. He tells her that Nick couldn't have known Tiffany's identity since she testified behind a screen. Later that night, he secretly burns Lucy's dress on the beach. George discovers that her bucket of seawater has turned to blood, a warning that death is soon to follow.
33"The Curse of the Dark Storm"John KretchmerJesse Stern & Lisa BaoOctober 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)0.81[20]
Nancy discovers evidence of a secret friendship between Tiffany and Nick. He explains that she had been visiting him every week up until his release and left him an old clock in Nancy's mother's roadster. Karen informs Nancy that the charges against her will be dropped if she helps build a case against Nick. George is nearly killed by several "accidents", and receives a visit from a woman named Rita who turns out to have died several decades earlier. Nick and Nancy follow Tiffany's clues to Lilac Inn, and find a hidden vault containing a lockbox. Carson finds a print on Nancy's shoe matching one she left behind at the inn. Nancy reveals the details of Tiffany's relationship to Karen so that Nick will not be treated as a suspect. Nick confesses to the group that he really did kill someone by accident, and finds $5 million in bearer bonds in the lockbox, money that Nancy believes Tiffany left for him. Ace calls her to pick up Bess, who turns out to be living in a van by herself. Nancy invites her to move in, and while helping her pack, she finds Tiffany's diamond ring in Bess' coat pocket.
44"The Haunted Ring"Larry TengCéline GeigerOctober 30, 2019 (2019-10-30)0.69[21]
Looking into Bess' past, Nancy finds a passport under the name "Bess Turani" with her picture. Bess turns out to be an English girl who believes the Marvins are her biological relatives, but isn't entirely sure. On the day of Tiffany's funeral, a ghost attacks Bess in the Claw's walk-in, prompting the girls to turn to George's clairvoyant mother Victoria who explains how to perform a ritual that will seal Tiffany's ghost away for good. Tiffany's sister, Laura Tandy, arrives in town seeking to learn the truth behind her death and recruits Ace, her ex-boyfriend, to help. At the funeral, George manages to only complete part of the ritual due to Bess wandering away from her post. Laura upstages Ryan's father Everett's eulogy by playing Tiffany's last 911 call and announcing her intentions to seek justice. Carson subsequently informs the media that Tiffany's autopsy report is inconclusive, angering Ryan. That night, Ned learns from a hidden camera that Laura broke into his garage, and Nancy follows a clue left by a ghost to Keene High School, turning up a photo of Lucy with Karen. The ritual's failure leads to Tiffany's spirit possessing George's body.
55"The Case of the Wayward Spirit"Claudia YarmyMelinda Hsu Taylor & Katherine DiSavinoNovember 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)0.62[22]
Under the influence of Tiffany's spirit, George's behavior becomes increasingly unpredictable. Victoria warns the group that unless a ritual of exorcism is performed, she will eventually consume George's life force, erasing her forever. Local developer Owen Marvin hires the Bayside Claw to provide catering services to a local charity gala, but Bess asks Nick to go in her place to avoid having to deal with her family. While at the gala, Nancy runs into Karen, who reveals Lucy died a year after abruptly ending their friendship. Ryan has an argument with Owen, which George witnesses; Tiffany takes over, steals a dress and knife, and goes to confront him. Victoria and Bess arrive, and despite Laura disrupting the ritual, are able to banish her. Ace and Nick force Laura to return the flash drive she stole. Using a code word given to him by Tiffany in her final moments, Nick breaks the password on the drive and finds a mountain of evidence compiled against the Hudsons, including a possible connection to Owen. Owen helps Nancy find a time capsule buried by Lucy's high school class, including a video of her with a teenaged Ryan.
66"The Mystery of Blackwood Lodge"Amanda RowAlex Taub & Andrea Thornton BoldenNovember 13, 2019 (2019-11-13)0.73[23]
A desperate Ryan comes to Nancy for help. In exchange for agreeing to steal a collection of priceless Roman coins for him from an auction at the Velvet Masque club, Nancy forces Ryan to escort her inside the club, normally off-limits to locals. Bess and Lisbeth have their first date, but when Lisbeth leaves early, Bess is devastated. To cheer her up, George brings her along on a mission with Nick to infiltrate the club; the two had earlier deduced that the coins were linked to the sinking of a cargo ship that killed Owen's uncle, and plan to steal them to expose the Hudsons for their alleged involvement. Owen seeks the coins for the same reason, and manages to get the group kicked out before winning the auction. Nancy discovers that Ryan's parents had Carson, their family's personal attorney in 1999, get rid of Lucy to keep her away from their son, and to cover up her discovery of an affair between Owen's uncle and Ryan's mother Celia Hudson. Lisbeth gives Bess a make-up date, and they kiss. Nancy reveals that she swiped the coins to Owen and declines his offer of dinner, unaware that Nick suspects she is going behind his back.
77"The Tale of the Fallen Sea Queen"Rebecca RodriguezErika Harrison & Katie SchwartzNovember 20, 2019 (2019-11-20)0.73[24]
Victoria warns the group to dispose of the coins, as they attract evil spirits. Instead, Nancy decides to use them in a séance to contact Lucy's spirit so she can finally answer several long-simmering questions. Laura openly accuses Chief McGinnis of covering up Tiffany's death, forcing him to hand the case over to state authorities. Ace begins to suspect that Laura may be Tiffany's killer after learning that she stands to inherit her sister's money, but Nancy discovers his secret arrangement with McGinnis, shattering their trust. Nancy's contact informs her that the evidence she sent to him for analysis has disappeared, so she tracks down Lucy's half-brother to obtain the only other item that can be used to summon her, a bracelet she wore before her death. Victoria is too drunk to help, so the group conducts the séance themselves, destroying the coins in the process. Nick breaks up with Nancy afterwards for pushing him away. An unknown spirit is shown communicating with George's younger sister Ted. Ace leaves town with Laura and gets in a serious car accident, while Nancy deals with her growing fear that her father killed Lucy.
88"The Path of Shadows"Alexis OstranderJesse SternDecember 4, 2019 (2019-12-04)0.68[25]
Ace is brought to the hospital and falls into a coma. Nancy speaks to Chief McGinnis, and after revealing all of her and her friends' interactions with the spirit world, learns that Ace's spirit has separated from his body due to the trauma of the crash. McGinnis gathers Nancy, George, and Carson to form a spirit circle and send George to the spirit world. Based on Nancy's deduction that someone intentionally tampered with Laura's car to trigger the crash, Nick and Bess confront Lisbeth, who they think may be responsible. Lisbeth then comes clean: she is actually an undercover state police officer investigating the Hudsons. George is unable to find Ace's spirit due to the negative energy between Nancy and Carson, so Nancy clears it by making him promise to reveal everything once the ceremony is finished. George finds Ace's spirit in the form of a young boy, but he remains in a coma. Nancy uses a clue George found to expose Officer Rawley, the dirty cop responsible for the accident. Nancy and Lisbeth stage a confrontation so Lisbeth can maintain her cover. When George goes to pick up Ted from the diner, she finds her missing.
99"The Hidden Staircase"Shannon KohliMelinda Hsu TaylorDecember 11, 2019 (2019-12-11)0.74[26]
Ted's disappearance reveals similarities between her abduction and that of Rose Turnbull, the girl Nancy rescued in her first case as a 12-year old detective. Based on this, Nancy suspects that whoever took Ted is tied to Nathan Gomber, Rose's abductor. Nancy and Carson visit Gomber's old warehouse while George and Nick work on deciphering a note passed by Gomber to his only visitor, Moira Baker. Nancy realizes that there are gaps in her memory from the night she found Rose--the result, she believes, of an entity called Simon who was manipulating Gomber. George finds a location for Moira's antique store and breaks in with Nick at the same time that Nancy finds the shrine Gomber built for Simon and burns it; Moira is caught and Ted is located by Nick. When Nancy goes to see Gomber one last time, he says that his business with Simon is far from over. Bess reveals her secret to Owen. Karen finds Nancy's journal, and informs Chief McGinnis, who has the knife from Lucy's death tested. The fingerprints on it are found to match Carson's, and he is arrested and charged with her murder.
1010"The Mark of the Poisoner's Pearl"Sydney FreelandKatherine DiSavino & Lisa BaoJanuary 15, 2020 (2020-01-15)0.66[27]
Nancy receives word from a contact that Tiffany was killed with a rare type of poison. Owen meets Bess and confirms that they are first cousins, making her a biological Marvin. He asks her for the burial coins as part of a plan to expose Everett Hudson for murdering their uncle, but when Nick explains that they were destroyed, Bess concocts a scheme to use Ryan, who is increasingly estranged from his family, as a means to find other potential evidence. Nancy's investigation leads her to an old case involving a serial poisoner from nearly seventeen years earlier. Ace takes her to his father, who worked on the case and gives Nancy clues indicating that the killer is still in Horseshoe Bay. Nancy makes a video daring the killer to come after her; the killer then lures her into a makeshift gas chamber from which Nick and George rescue her only seconds before death. Ryan decides to take matters into his own hands out of fear that his family will go after the Marvins. Ace turns the killer over to the police, and Nancy decides to call her father for the first time in two weeks, with Lucy's ghost looking on.
1111"The Phantom of Bonny Scot"Ramsey NickellAndrea Thornton Bolden & Katie SchwartzJanuary 22, 2020 (2020-01-22)0.54[28]
Everett and Nancy make a deal: if she sabotages Owen's efforts to expose his family's wrongdoing, he'll help get her father released from custody. George's friend Dawn informs her that the Bayside Claw is being put on the market, meaning she'll lose the only place she truly considers home unless she can come up with some quick money. Bess decides to embrace her British heritage for her first lunch with Diana Marvin; impressed, Diana asks her to join the Marvin corporate empire by meeting with a potential new partner, Amaya Alston. Owen introduces Nancy to Bashiir, the only survivor of the Bonny Scot. She discovers that Bashiir is haunted by his survivor's guilt, but is unwilling to come forward out of fear of deportation. With Owen's help, Nancy arranges a sting led by Lisbeth to take Everett into custody. She also finds files in the Hudson family mansion suggesting that Lucy's mother had something to do with her death. Nick tells George he'll use some of his bonds to buy the Claw, with her as co-owner. Owen makes arrangements to help Bashiir. Celia Hudson contacts someone at the state prison, ordering them to kill Carson.
1212"The Lady of Larkspur Lane"Greg BeemanErika HarrisonJanuary 29, 2020 (2020-01-29)0.63[29]
Nancy takes George and Nick on an attempt to break into Larkspur Lane, the local asylum where Lucy's mother Patrice has been living since her death. There, they discover an infestation of strange mold, swarms of bugs, and a man named Sal who claims that the building is haunted by the spirits of the family who died there in the 1870s. Carson is nearly stabbed in prison before Ace is able to fake a transfer request; he takes Carson to his own home and contacts Karen for help when the police show up. Bess impresses Amaya with her wit and clever observations. With no evidence to prove Carson's life is in danger, Bess cuts a deal with Ryan, offering to grant him a favor from the Marvin family in exchange. Ryan's evidence, coupled with a call from Amaya, is enough to get Carson released from jail before he's tried. Nancy finds Patrice, who shows signs of dementia and tells her to find "the thin man's book". Sal directs her to the Whisper Box, where the family's possessions are kept, but then pulls the fire alarm. Nancy is left trapped inside the Whisper Box and falls into a deep sleep, waking up in a fantasy world where her mother is alive.
1313"The Whisper Box"Larry TengNoga Landau & Alex TaubFebruary 5, 2020 (2020-02-05)0.62[30]
With Sal's help, Nick and the others break into the asylum and try to communicate with an unconscious Nancy. Realizing that she's trapped in a fantasy, Nancy recruits the imaginary versions of her friends to help find a way out. From Ryan, they receive a puzzle that Nancy supposedly set up for herself, which leads to a graveyard and a mysterious key. The key turns out, however, to be a red herring; Nancy discovers that the real way out is through a letter written by her late mother. Despite being tempted to stay and make up for all of her life's regrets, she decides to give it up and returns to the real world. The group escapes as the asylum burns down, and Nancy is reunited with her father. Having found a keycard, she visits the local Historical Society and learns that it opens a lockbox placed there by Tiffany. Inside, she finds a recording of a video made several months earlier, where Tiffany reveals that someone has been following her before a ghost suddenly appears and the video is cut short. Nancy realizes that Tiffany was likely killed for trying to uncover who murdered Lucy Sable.
1414"The Sign of the Uninvited Guest"Amanda RowKatherine DiSavinoFebruary 26, 2020 (2020-02-26)0.59[31]
Patrice breaks into the Claw, and her son Joshua, Lucy's brother, comes by to pick her up. Laura returns to collect her inheritance, and asks Ace to move with her to Paris. Nancy moves ahead with her plan to find out who really killed Lucy by having Ace hack her old email account, which turns up messages between her and Ryan that reveal they were supposed to meet the night she died. Bess becomes concerned that Amaya has a romantic interest in her, which George tells her to break off. Nancy brings the group, Laura, Karen, and Ryan to the diner, where she has them reenact the events leading up to Tiffany's murder. The reenactment leads to a major breakthrough: a poisoned salad that was prepared for Ryan was instead served to Tiffany. Nancy takes this as evidence that the murder was revenge for Ryan killing Lucy; Ryan flees after he sees Lucy's ghost. Nancy visits Joshua to check Lucy's old computer, but quickly deduces he poisoned the salad. When he tries to kill her, he accidentally electrocutes himself. Ace ends things with Laura before she leaves. When the police arrive, Joshua is gone.
1515"The Terror of Horseshoe Bay"Katie EastridgeJen Vestuto & Melissa MarletteMarch 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)0.61[32]
As the police gear up to find Joshua, Nancy learns she has one day left before her father's evidentiary hearing. She and Owen speak to Ryan's old roommate for information on him and Lucy. Nick and Ace visit Ace's father, who has come out of retirement to rejoin the force, and learn that the poison used to kill Tiffany was stolen from police evidence. Nancy correctly deduces that Joshua had an accomplice: Karen. Despite her arrest, however, Carson informs her he needs actual physical evidence to clear his name. Owen, George, and Bess go the Historical Society and conduct research on the Agleaca, a spirit that supposedly grants the heart's desire of whoever summons it, but for a price. The group performs the summoning ritual, and the Agleaca grants Nancy's wish by delivering her Lucy's bones. In return, it attempts to claim Owen's life, forcing George to break the summoning wreath. Ace stashes the bones, Nick accepts George's offer to spend the night at her home, and Owen and Nancy sleep together. The next day, Nancy coughs up the torn wreath, indicating that the Agleaca is displeased with her refusal to honor the deal.
1616"The Haunting of Nancy Drew"Ruben GarciaNoga Landau & Katie SchwartzMarch 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)0.67[33]
Nancy brings in her forensic scientist friend to analyze Lucy's bones while she continues her search for the evidence to clear Carson's name. During the tests, Det. Abe Tamura, Karen's replacement on the force, arrives with a warrant to search the diner. Nick and George manage to hide the bones in time, but the experience causes friction between them. Nancy picks up Ryan and takes him along with her as she questions several witnesses, including Everett and Karen, to try and piece together Lucy's final hours. They visit her childhood home and find her diary hidden in the walls. When Nancy has to testify at her father's trial, she reveals the truth: Lucy committed suicide out of despair when Everett forced her to end things with Ryan. Carson is cleared of all charges. While cleaning the diner, George and Nick give into their feelings and kiss. Bess finds one of the bones is missing, unaware that Det. Tamura found it. The scientist gives Nancy a revelation that she confirms with her father: Lucy killed herself only after giving him and his wife the baby she had with Ryan to raise as their own; Nancy is Lucy and Ryan's biological daughter.
1717"The Girl in the Locket"Larry TengMelinda Hsu Taylor & Lisa BaoApril 8, 2020 (2020-04-08)0.55[34]
The Agleaca continues to inflict terrifying visions on the group, and Victoria informs them that they must perform another ritual to free themselves from its curse. The only problem is that for the ritual to work, Nancy must offer her both her blood and that of a blood relative. She tries to get Ryan to help by agreeing to assist him in his effort to learn about his missing child. However, when Ryan admits he doesn't want to help Owen, Nancy barrages him with insults and he angrily drives off without her. At Diana Marvin's birthday party, Bess is told that she will be expected to extract information from Lisbeth about her police work in exchange for her family's approval of their relationship. Ryan deduces the truth and confronts Nancy; she confesses that she doesn't want him to be her father. Ryan nevertheless holds up his end of the bargain and takes part in the ritual. Unfortunately, the visions only get worse. Nancy suggests, and Victoria confirms, that the Agleaca was once a human who was wrongfully executed, and is now enraged and desires blood. When the group realizes Owen is missing, they find his bloody corpse in a bathtub.
1818"The Clue in the Captain's Painting"Ramsey NickellErika Harrison & Jesse SternApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)0.49[35]
Nancy and the Drew Crew throw themselves into solving Owen's murder, believing that the Agleaca will soon come for them as well. When a séance intended to call Owen's spirit fails, Nancy and Ace visit the Historical Society and learn that the Agleaca only comes after its victims in groups, meaning Owen was killed by a living human. Bess continues to struggle with both her love for Lisbeth and her desire to please her family by spying on her girlfriend. George finds she can't be intimate with Nick and confronts Ryan, making it clear that she blames him for taking advantage of her and twisting her idea of what love is. Lisbeth shares some evidence with Nancy that allows her to deduce that Joshua, her biological uncle, is Owen's murderer. She visits her grandmother and discovers that Joshua has been hiding in the nursing home; before he kills her, she reveals herself as his niece, causing him to slip and nearly fall to his death before Ace pulls him up. George finally decides that she can allow herself to be intimate again. The Agleaca sends each of the Drew Crew a vision of how they will die: George and Nick drown, Ace is impaled on a meat hook, Bess burns to death, and Nancy dies the same way her birth mother did by falling off the cliff where she took her own life.

Season 2 (2021)Edit

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191"The Search for the Midnight Wraith"Larry TengNoga Landau & Melinda Hsu TaylorJanuary 20, 2021 (2021-01-20)0.50[36]
As the Drew Crew strategizes over how to deal with the Agleaca's curse, Bess announces a reward for anyone who can provide information. At the same time, a girl named Amanda is found badly injured by the police, and Nancy comes under suspicion after Amanda mentions her name. The gang learns that Amanda and her brother Gil are in possession of a hand mirror stolen from the Hudson family that was used in the first summoning of the Agleaca, and want to sell it to them. However, Gil has gone missing, allegedly at the hands of a forest-dwelling spirit known as the Gorham Wraith. The Drew Crew are able to find Gil (after an unpleasant run-in with Everett Hudson), but the Wraith traps them. Nancy discovers that it fears fire and burns it out of existence with a lighter. The police arrest her for possession of stolen property, but Ryan bails her out by claiming the mirror was a gift. By breaking the mirror's glass, the Drew Crew finds a message hidden underneath that reveals the key to defeating the Agleaca can be found in a sea shanty.
202"The Reunion of Lost Souls"Eduardo SanchezAndrea Thornton BoldenJanuary 27, 2021 (2021-01-27)0.40[37]
A historian informs the Drew Crew that the only preserved recording of the sea shanty is an old 45 vinyl record, last owned by Johnny Mac, a drunk killed in a hit-and-run in 1975. The group's pursuit of the record unintentionally attracts Johnny's vengeful spirit; he starts ambushing and attacking Nick, calling him "Buddy". Complicating matters further is the sudden arrival of Nick's mother Millie, who wants her son to return to his family home in Miami and questions his relationship with George. Nancy connects Mac to a group of other young men and women who made a deal with the Agleaca back in the 70s, only to die in freak accidents on the same day. The Crew finds the record hidden in an old jukebox, and by playing it are able to banish Johnny's spirit before he kills Nick. George and Nick reconcile with Millie, who agrees to let her son stay in Maine. An analysis of the record reveals that the Agleaca once named Odette Le Mar was the lover of Bess's ancestor, Douglas Marvin, who may have had a hand in her death.
213"The Secret of Solitary Scribe"Rachel RaimistAlex TaubFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)0.46[38]
Bess conducts research suggesting that it may be possible to undo the Agleaca's curse by returning Lucy's bones to the sea. Nancy and Carson track down AJ Crane, a reclusive author of horror novels who happens to be the only survivor of the 1975 incident. Crane refuses to help, so Nancy steals a talisman hanging outside his house and has Hannah Gruen of the Historical Society identify it as a powerful charm that attracts malevolent spirits. Crane is arrested when he breaks into Nancy's house to retrieve it. Despite previously opposing Bess's idea of returning the bones, Nancy changes her mind, but the Agleaca rejects the bones. Crane escapes custody and tries to burn Gruen alive, revealing that the deal he made was to save her life in 1975. Nancy talks him down and Crane, resigned to his fate, leaves to die in a tragic accident. The Crew ransack his house for tools to fight the Agleaca. Nick and George sleep together for the first time. Nancy, Carson, and Ryan secretly bury Lucy's bones in the woods.
224"The Fate of the Buried Treasure"Larry TengCéline GeigerFebruary 10, 2021 (2021-02-10)0.46[39]
With the deadline for the Agleaca's revenge approaching fast, Nancy has Ace take Carson and Ryan to purchase a sacred dybbuk box which can supposedly trap the spirit. On the way back, Carson encourages Ryan to connect with his daughter. Nancy and Bess track down a necklace that once belonged to the Algeaca when it was alive, which was given by Douglas Marvin to his second wife, Agnes. Although Agnes was believed to have gone insane, Nancy learns that she was imprisoned by her husband when she learned the truth about his crime. The necklace is found based on a cypher Agnes wrote before her death, along with incriminating letters. George and Bess both struggle with the implications of their impending deaths, and both are forced to make peace with their fears. The Algeaca destroys the dybbuk box and rejects Nancy's heartfelt plea to spare them if they get justice for her death. With no other options, the Drew Crew decide that the only hope they have of cheating death is to kill the Agleaca.
235"The Drowned Woman"Larry TengNoga Landau & Melinda Hsu TaylorFebruary 17, 2021 (2021-02-17)0.43[40]
246"The Riddle of the Broken Doll"Larry TengErika Harrison & Andrea Thornton BoldenFebruary 24, 2021 (2021-02-24)0.53[41]
257"The Legend of the Murder Hotel"Roxanne BenjaminKatherine DiSavinoMarch 10, 2021 (2021-03-10)0.52[42]
268"The Quest for the Spider Sapphire"Roxanne BenjaminLisa BaoMarch 17, 2021 (2021-03-17)0.41[43]
279"The Bargain of the Blood Shroud"Amanda RowAlex TaubMarch 24, 2021 (2021-03-24)0.42[44]
2810"The Spell of the Burning Bride"Amanda RowJesse SternMarch 31, 2021 (2021-03-31)0.38[45]
2911"The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune"Kristin LehmanKatie SchwartzApril 7, 2021 (2021-04-07)0.63[46]
3012"The Trail of the Missing Witness"Kristin LehmanJen Vestuto & Melissa MarletteApril 14, 2021 (2021-04-14)0.61[47]
3113"The Beacon of Moonstone Island"Ruben GarciaCéline GeigerApril 28, 2021 (2021-04-28)0.47[48]
Nancy's reputation is on the line since she retracted her account of Everette Hudson and the Bonny Scot. In order to repair it, she takes on one of her father's cases and visits an abandoned island with Ace and Amanda Bobbsey, where they find a girl who's been missing for five years. Meanwhile, George is upset at Odette for messing with her things, so in revenge, she decides to hide Odette's love letters. Nick decides to open his building as a Youth Centre and Odette and Bess decide to carry on as friends.
3214"The Siege of the Unseen Specter"Ramsey NickellAndrea Thornton Bolden & Lisa BaoMay 5, 2021 (2021-05-05)0.44[49]
3315"The Celestial Visitor"Ruben GarciaMelinda Hsu Taylor & Noga Landau & Cameron JohnsonMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)0.46[50]
3416"The Purloined Keys"Jeff W. ByrdJesse Stern & Katherine DiSavinoMay 19, 2021 (2021-05-19)0.41[51]
3517"The Judgement of the Perilous Captive"Jeff W. ByrdErika HarrisonMay 26, 2021 (2021-05-26)0.39[52]
3618"The Echo of Lost Tears"Amanda RowNoga Landau & Katie SchwartzJune 2, 2021 (2021-06-02)0.49[53]

Season 3 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [17]U.S. viewers
(millions)
371"The Warning of the Frozen Heart"Amanda RowNoga Landau & Melinda Hsu TaylorOctober 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)0.42[54]
382"The Journey of the Dangerous Mind"Amanda RowCeline Geiger & Andrea Thornton BoldenOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)0.33[55]
393"The Testimony of the Executed Man"[56]Shannon KohliJesse SternOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)TBD
404"The Demon of Piper Beach"[57]Clara AranovichErika Harrison & Katharine DiSavinoOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)TBD
415"The Vision of the Birchwood Prisoner"[58]Ruben GarciaMelinda Hsu Taylor & Leilani TerrellNovember 5, 2021 (2021-11-05)TBD

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

In September 2018, The CW announced that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were developing a new Nancy Drew series.[59] The CW announced that the project was picked up for series on May 7, 2019.[7][60] On May 16, 2019, The CW released the first official trailer for the series.[61][62] The series debuted on October 9, 2019.[63] On October 25, 2019, the series was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes.[2] On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on January 20, 2021.[3][4] On February 3, 2021, The CW renewed the series for a third season which premiered on October 8, 2021.[5][6]

CastingEdit

In early 2019, the pilot was cast with Kennedy McMann as the title character,[8][10] Tunji Kasim as Ned "Nick" Nickerson,[11] Alex Saxon as Ace,[10] Leah Lewis as George,[10] Maddison Jaizani as Bess,[10] and Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Nancy's father, Carson Drew.[64] Pamela Sue Martin, who played Nancy Drew in the 1970s series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, was cast as Harriet Grosset for the pilot in April 2019.[16] On May 9, 2019, it was announced that Scott Wolf had replaced Prinze in the role of Carson Drew.[14][65] Riley Smith joined cast as Ryan Hudson on May 16, 2019.[12] On October 28, 2019, Miles Gaston Villanueva was cast in a recurring role.[15]

In December 2020, Aadila Dosani was cast in a recurring role for the second season as Amanda Bobbsey.[66] Her twin brother, Gil Bobbsey, is portrayed by Praneet Akilla.[67]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography for the first season began on July 22, 2019, and was expected to end on April 7, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[68] On March 12, 2020, production was halted until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[69] However, on April 14, 2020, it was revealed that episode 18 would serve as the season one finale.[70] The second season began filming on September 29, 2020.[71] However, due to COVID-19 testing, filming was stopped shortly after and resumed a week later.[72][73] Production of the second season ended on April 29, 2021.[71] The third season began production on July 13, 2021, and is scheduled to conclude on December 9, 2021.[74]

BroadcastEdit

Nancy Drew premiered on The CW in the United States on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, with the season four premiere of Riverdale as its lead-in. In Canada, Nancy Drew was televised on the W Network.

HBO Max and Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) acquired the streaming rights to the series in the United States, with seasons available on their platforms several days after the season finale airs.[75][76]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Nancy Drew holds an approval rating of 53% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.31/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite manage to liven up Nancy Drew, an overly broody and unfortunately bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be."[77] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[78]

RatingsEdit

Viewership and ratings per season of Nancy Drew
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 18 October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09) 1.18[18] April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15) 0.49[35] 2019–20 126 1.25[79]
2 18 January 20, 2021 (2021-01-20) 0.50[36] June 2, 2021 (2021-06-02) 0.49[53] 2020–21 148 0.86[80]
3 Friday 9:00 p.m.[17] TBA October 8, 2021 (2021-10-08) 0.42[54] TBA TBD 2021–22 TBD TBD

Season 1Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Nancy Drew
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" October 9, 2019 0.3/2 1.18[18] 0.3 0.97 0.6 2.14[81]
2 "The Secret of the Old Morgue" October 16, 2019 0.2/1 0.80[19] 0.2 0.73 0.4 1.53[82]
3 "The Curse of the Dark Storm" October 23, 2019 0.2/1 0.81[20] 0.2 0.64 0.4 1.45[83]
4 "The Haunted Ring" October 30, 2019 0.1/1 0.69[21] 0.3 0.68 0.4 1.36[84]
5 "The Case of the Wayward Spirit" November 6, 2019 0.1/1 0.62[22] 0.3 0.58 0.4 1.20[85]
6 "The Mystery of Blackwood Lodge" November 13, 2019 0.2/1 0.73[23] 0.2 0.63 0.4 1.36[86]
7 "The Tale of the Fallen Sea Queen" November 20, 2019 0.2/1 0.73[24] 0.2 0.55 0.4 1.28[87]
8 "The Path of Shadows" December 4, 2019 0.2/1 0.68[25] 0.2 0.55 0.4 1.23[88]
9 "The Hidden Staircase" December 11, 2019 0.1/1 0.74[26] 0.2 0.50 0.3 1.24[89]
10 "The Mark of the Poisoner's Pearl" January 15, 2020 0.1/1 0.66[27] 0.1 0.52 0.2 1.18[90]
11 "The Phantom of Bonny Scot" January 22, 2020 0.1/1 0.54[28] 0.1 0.50 0.2 1.04[91]
12 "The Lady of Larkspur Lane" January 29, 2020 0.1/1 0.63[29] 0.1 0.50 0.2 1.13[92]
13 "The Whisper Box" February 5, 2020 0.1 0.62[30] 0.2 0.46 0.3 1.08[93]
14 "The Sign of the Uninvited Guest" February 26, 2020 0.1 0.59[31] 0.1 0.49 0.2 1.08[94]
15 "The Terror of Horseshoe Bay" March 4, 2020 0.1 0.61[32] 0.2 0.56 0.3 1.17[95]
16 "The Haunting of Nancy Drew" March 11, 2020 0.1 0.67[33] 0.2 0.47 0.3 1.14[96]
17 "The Girl in the Locket" April 8, 2020 0.1 0.55[34] 0.1 0.38 0.2 0.93[97]
18 "The Clue in the Captain's Painting" April 15, 2020 0.1 0.49[35] 0.1 0.45 0.2 0.94[98]

Season 2Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Nancy Drew
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Search for the Midnight Wraith" January 20, 2021 0.1 0.50[36] 0.1 0.27 0.2 0.77[99][b]
2 "The Reunion of Lost Souls" January 27, 2021 0.1 0.40[36] N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 "The Secret of Solitary Scribe" February 3, 2021 0.1 0.46[38] 0.1 0.34 0.2 0.80[100][b]
4 "The Fate of the Buried Treasure" February 10, 2021 0.1 0.46[39] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "The Drowned Woman" February 17, 2021 0.1 0.43[40] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "The Riddle of the Broken Doll" February 24, 2021 0.1 0.53[41] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "The Legend of the Murder Hotel" March 10, 2021 0.1 0.52[42] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "The Quest for the Spider Sapphire" March 17, 2021 0.1 0.41[43] N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "The Bargain of the Blood Shroud" March 24, 2021 0.1 0.42[44] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "The Spell of the Burning Bride" March 31, 2021 0.1 0.38[45] 0.1 0.23 0.2 0.60[101][b]
11 "The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune" April 7, 2021 0.1 0.63[46] 0.1 0.38 0.2 1.01[102]
12 "The Trail of the Missing Witness" April 14, 2021 0.1 0.61[47] 0.1 0.42 0.2 1.03[103]
13 "The Beacon of Moonstone Island" April 28, 2021 0.1 0.47[48] 0.1 0.37 0.2 0.86[104]
14 "The Siege of the Unseen Specter" May 5, 2021 0.1 0.44[49] 0.1 0.38 0.2 0.82[105]
15 "The Celestial Visitor" May 12, 2021 0.1 0.46[50] 0.1 0.41 0.2 0.87[50]
16 "The Purloined Keys" May 19, 2021 0.1 0.41[51] 0.1 0.42 0.2 0.82[51]
17 "The Judgement of the Perilous Captive" May 26, 2021 0.1 0.39[52] 0.1 0.43 0.2 0.82[52]
18 "The Echo of Lost Tears" June 2, 2021 0.1 0.49[53] 0.1 0.51 0.2 0.99[53]

Season 3Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Nancy Drew
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Warning of the Frozen Heart" October 8, 2021 0.1 0.42[54] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The Journey of the Dangerous Mind" October 15, 2021 0.1 0.33[55] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Tie-in novelsEdit

On March 31, 2020, the first tie-in novel for the show was published. Entitled Nancy Drew: The Curse it was written by Micol Ostow and served as a prequel to the show's events.[106]

Spin-offEdit

On October 28, 2020, it was announced that The CW is developing a spin-off titled Tom Swift. The series is based on the book series of the same name and is created by Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau, and Cameron Johnson.[107] On January 26, 2021, Tian Richards was cast in the titular role.[108] On February 8, 2021, it was announced that Ruben Garcia would directing the pilot episode.[109] On May 11, 2021, LeVar Burton joined the main cast to voice an AI named Barclay.[110] On August 30, 2021, Tom Swift was ordered straight-to-series and is expected to debut during the 2021–22 television season.[111]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In season one, Alvina August is credited as a series regular through "The Haunting of Nancy Drew" (1.16); however, from the next episode onward, August does not appear.
  2. ^ a b c Live+7 ratings were not available, so Live+3 ratings have been used instead.

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