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CBS passed on the modern-day Nancy Drew show because it ‘skewed too female’—and people aren’t happy
‘Drew’ is now being shopped elsewhere.
’tis the season for upfronts and cancellations. What that means is that major television networks are canceling programming to make way for new shows.
CBS picked up eight new series this go round, including the legal drama Doubt, which co-stars Laverne Cox. Though the network should be applauded for its efforts to increase visibility among the trans community, its inclusivity apparently only goes so far.
The network is no longer considering a modern-day Nancy Drew adaptation starring Sarah Shahi. According to Deadline, the pilot for Drew was hindered by its strong testing, which allegedly “skewed too female.”
Nancy Drew fans have responded in full force on Twitter, voicing their support for Shahi while taking aim at CBS’ reportedly sexist reasoning in passing up Drew. Were the show to be ordered to series, it would stand as one of the very few to star a female protagonist.
As with the female-led Agent Carter, which was canceled by ABC, many fans are calling on streaming platforms to pick up the series while also taking jabs at CBS. The outcry has been so strong that the hashtags #toofemale and #nancydrew began trending on Sunday.
Not all the Twitter chatter has been angry, however. Fans have bombarded the show’s star with messages of support and encouragement. Shahi certainly took notice.
It’s unclear what the future holds for Drew. CBS is looking to send it elsewhere. Fans are hoping it lands on a network that considers skewing “too female” as a point of pride.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.