"Nancy Drew": CBS All Access Solves "The Case of the Unclaimed Streaming Rights"

The mystery of where the streaming rights to The CW's upcoming series Nancy Drew has been solved by none other than CBS All Access, with the streaming service acquiring the past seasons rights for the mystery drama from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire and CBS TV Studios. CBS All Access'distribution deal with The CW is set so that the streamer will not air full seasons of the series until 30 days before the start of their following season.

Marc DeBevoise, President and COO of CBS Interactive had this to say about the deal at today's Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press event:

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Nancy Drew — "Pilot" — Image Number: NCD101d_0213r.jpg — Pictured: Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

"Today, we are announcing our acquisition of the past-season streaming rights to Nancy Drew – a phenomenal new series from CBS TV Studios set to launch on The CW this fall."

Nancy Drew is one of three big-name series that have shopped their streaming rights elsewhere after The CW's parent company CBS and Warner Bros. chose not to renew their output deal with Netflix. Arrowverse series Batwoman and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene will be finding their streaming home at WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service HBO Max.


Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother's untimely death derails Nancy's college plans. Devastated by her mother's passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy's nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy's secret boyfriend, Ned "Nick" Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), and amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon).

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Nancy Drew — Image Number: NCD_KeyArt.jpg — Pictured: Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew — Photo: Kharen Hill/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way. Nancy's reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August). And, when a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy's investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl. Whether the ghost is here to help, or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure: Nancy's going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes.

Executive produced by Noga Landau (The Magicians), Melinda Hsu Taylor (The Gifted, The Vampire Diaries), Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Dynasty, Runaways), Savage (Gossip Girl, Dynasty, Runaways) and Lis Rowinski (Dynasty, Runaways), Nancy Drew is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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