Drew-niverse

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Drew-niverse
Genre
  • Mytery
  • Drama
  • Supernatural horror
Based onNancy Drew by Pamela Sue Martin
Starring
  • Nancy Drew cast
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons
  • 2 (across 1 series)
No. of episodes
  • 36 (across 1 series)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Lis Rowinski
  • Noga Landau
  • Melinda Hsu Taylor
  • Stephanie Savage
  • Josh Schwartz
Production company(s)
  • Fake Empire
  • CBS Television Studios
Distributor
  • CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network
  • The CW
Original release
  • October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09) – present (present)
External links
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The Drew-niverse is an American multimedia franchise introduced in 2019 with the premiere of the television series Nancy Drew, based off the mystery/drama book series of the same name which debuted on The CW on October 9. In February 2021, the series was renewed for a third season. A second series, entitled Tom Swift, was announced in October 2020 and will star Tian Richards in the titular role.[1]

Development[edit]

Season one of Nancy Drew was confirmed in May 2019, and filming began in July 2019. It was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though original thought to be a full, 22-episode first season, the episode count was cut four episodes short when filming could not resume in time.[2] The series was renewed for a second season, which was announced in January 2020 and premiere the next year on January 20, 2021.[3] The season will consist of 18 episodes, like the previous one. On February 3, 2021, The CW renewed 12 of its shows for more upcoming seasons, including a third season of Nancy Drew.[4] Tom Swift was announced in October 2020, with creators being named as Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau, and Cameron Johnson, the two prior having worked together on Nancy Drew.[5] Ruben Garcia's attachment to write the pilot episode was confirmed in February 2021.[6]

In March 2019, Alex Saxon and Alvina August were cast in roles of main capacity as Ace Hardy and Karen Hart,[7] with Riley Smith and Scott Wolf joining the cast in May as characters Ryan Hudson and Carson Drew, more main roles.[8][9] Pamela Sue Martin, the actress who portrays Nancy Drew in a previous television series adaptation, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, also guest stars in the first season as a medium. The only character credited in a main role in the first season who does not appear in the next season is Karen Hart, portrayed by Alvina August. The third season will star Kennedy McMann, reprising her role of Nancy Drew from previous seasons, along with Leah Lewis as Georgia Fan, Maddison Jaizani as Bess Marvin, and Tunji Kasim as Ned Nickerson.[10]

Tian Richards was cast as Tom Swift in the titular television series in January 2021.[11] Both series will be released on The CW. Filming began for the second season on September 29, 2020 and was temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Principal photography for the first season began on July 22, 2019, and was expected to end on April 7, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[12]

Television series[edit]

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Nancy Drew (2019 – present)[edit]

The series follows the titular character, Nancy Drew, portrayed by Kennedy McMann, as she solves the a ghostly murder mystery with her friends after her college plans are scrapped her ragtag team become witnesses to the crime.[15] The second season of the series was announced on January 20, 2020. and the season itself debuted on January 20, 2021.

Tom Swift[edit]

In October 2020, it was announced that a spin-off of Nancy Drew, named Tom Swift, about the fictional detective of the same name, was in development. In late January 2021, after the premiere of the second season of Nancy Drew, Tian Richards was cast in the main role.[16] Ruben Garcia has been tapped to direct the pilot episode.[6]

Future[edit]

It has been speculated that Ace Hardy, a character in Nancy Drew could be one of the Hardy Boys, which could lead to either a spin-off of Nancy Drew about the fictional detective team, or the expansion of the Drew-niverse to also encompass The Hardy Boys, a television series about the sibling duo of the same name.[17]

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Nancy Drew Tom Swift
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 1
2019 - 2020 2021 TBA TBA
Nancy Drew Kennedy McMann
Georgia Fan Leah Lewis
Bess Marvin Maddison Jaizani
Ned Nickerson Tunji Kasim
Ace Hardy Alex Saxon
Karen Hart Alvina August
Ryan Hudson Riley Smith
Carson Drew Scott Wolf
Tom Swift Tian Richards[18]

Tie-in media[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Nancy Drew: The Curse is the first novel released that ties into the Drew-niverse. It was released on March 30, 2020, while the first season was nearing its end, and serves as a prequel to the series. It is written by Micol Ostow.

Reception[edit]

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Nancy Drew[edit]

The Hollywood Reporter claimed that "somehow fiction's original teenage girl detective has been brought back to TV in a way that feels primarily derivative," also saying that "It's Nancy Drewthrough a grown-up prism."[19] IndieWire claims that the "dark but simple twist" on the original book series, films, and past television series has "potential."[20] The series recieved a 53% approval rating score on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with an even lower rating on the "Tomatometer" from top critics of 41% and an audience score of 70%.[21] The series premiere or Nancy Drew was watched by 1.18 million viewers when it aired, however the second season debut was only seen by 0.50.

References[edit]

  1. "Bring on the Drewniverse: A Nancy Drew spin-off is in the works at The CW". Culturess. 2020-10-30. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  2. Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2020). "'NCIS' Dramas, 'The Good Fight' Among CBS TV Series Shutting Down Production Over Coronavirus". Deadline Hollwyood. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  3. Ausiello, Michael (January 7, 2020). "CW Renews Riverdale, Batwoman, Roswell, Black Lightning Plus 9 Others". TVLine. Archived from the original on January 8, 2020. Retrieved January 7, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. White, Peter (February 3, 2021). "The CW Renews 12 Series Including Freshman Drama 'Walker'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  5. Goldberg, Lesley (October 28, 2020). "'Nancy Drew' Spinoff 'Tom Swift' in the Works at The CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 White, Peter (February 8, 2021). "Ruben Garcia To Direct 'Tom Swift' Planted Spinoff Episode Of 'Nancy Drew'". Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  7. Petski, Denise (March 7, 2019). "The CW's Nancy Drew Pilot Casts Maddison Jaizani & Alex Saxon". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Nancy Drew: Riley Smith Co-Stars In New CW Series". MSN. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Goldberg, Lesley (May 9, 2019). "Nancy Drew: Scott Wolf Replaces Freddie Prinze Jr. in CW Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 10, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Nancy Drew: Trailer For The CW's New Mystery". May 16, 2019. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Bucksbaum, Sydney (January 26, 2021). "'Nancy Drew' casts Tian Richards as Tom Swift for potential spin-off series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  12. "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. January 31, 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2020. Retrieved February 6, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Shows A-Z : Nancy Drew on The CW". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  14. Fansided https://netflixlife.com/2021/02/13/nancy-drew-season-3-release-date-cast-synopsis-trailer/. Retrieved March 8, 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. Nemetz, Dave (May 7, 2019). "Katy Keene, Nancy Drew Both Land Series Orders at The CW". TVLine. Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2021-01-26). "Tian Richards Cast As Lead Tom Swift In 'Nancy Drew' Spinoff On the CW". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  17. "Nancy Drew: New Evidence Suggests Ace Is Secretly A Hardy Boy". ScreenRant. 2021-02-21. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  18. "The CW's 'Nancy Drew' Spinoff 'Tom Swift' Casts Its Lead". TheWrap. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  19. "'Nancy Drew': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 2019-10-09. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  20. Ferguson, LaToya; Ferguson, LaToya (2019-10-09). "'Nancy Drew' Review: The CW's Dark but Simple Twist on a Classic Has Potential". IndieWire. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  21. Nancy Drew: Season 1, retrieved 2021-03-08

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