In an interesting example of television network synergy, NBC is developing a new series based on the Nancy Drew series of novels after CBS's failed attempt at a series last season. Where it gets interesting is that NBC's project has writers and executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater and executive producer Dan Jinks attached to it: the same team behind the CBS version. Though NBC is developing the property for broadcast, it appears CBS Television Studios will remain attached to produce.
In this version, the author of the famous female teen detective book series finds herself caught up in the middle of a real-life murder mystery. When the situation becomes more than she can handle, she turns to her two best childhood friends for help. Except for one major complication: her friends were major inspirations behind the novels, and it would appear that they're not particularly thrilled with the way their "best friend" portrayed them over the years.
NBC's version is a dramatic departure from CBS' attempt last season. The Eye Network's version would've focused on the character Nancy Drew. Taking a more "police procedural" approach, the series would focus on a now- adult Drew working as a detective for the NYPD, where she solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills while trying to adjust to the complications of life in a modern world. Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest) was the star of the CBS pilot, but there is no word yet on if she will be attached to the NBC version.
First appearing in 1930, Nancy Drew is a fictional amateur sleuth in a series of fiction mystery novels ghostwritten by a number of authors and published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. In the original versions of the series, Drew is a 16-year-old high school graduate; but in later versions, is aged to an 18-year-old high school graduate and detective. In the series, she lives in the fictional town of River Heights with her father, attorney Carson Drew; and their housekeeper, Hannah Gruen.