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Nancy Drew and the Case of the Antiquated Television Executives.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

16 May 2016 - 12:06 PM  UPDATED 16 May 2016 - 12:06 PM

Call it a modern day mystery: a US television network has allegedly dropped a TV show that tested well with audiences simply because it appealed to women.

CBS is reportedly not moving forward with a Nancy Drew-inspired cop show, Drew, which shot a pilot episode and was to star The L Word's Sarah Shahi. The show, from executive producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, is a modern take on the classic book series and features Nancy in her 30s, working as an NYPD detective.

Despite the fact that the show had three male co-stars in Anthony Edwards, Felix Solis and Rob McClure - and despite the fact that it's 2016 - Deadline is reporting that the show apparently "skewed too female" for CBS. 

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Deadline's Nellie Andreeva wrote: "I hear the pilot tested well but skewed too female for CBS’ schedule. [At] the end of the day, I hear the network had no 8 PM or 9 PM slot available.”

The show is now apparently being shopped around to other networks in hope that one might pick it up instead.

Perhaps one of the other networks will see the benefit of a female-driven drama with a woman of colour in the lead role?