CBS Denies Report That Nancy Drew Pilot Was Rejected for Being ‘Too Female’

Upfronts 2016: “Well that’s just not true,” network’s entertainment president Glenn Geller says

The pilot for a new Nancy Drew series was not rejected for being “too female,” CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller said on Tuesday at a pre-upfronts breakfast in New York.

“Well that’s just not true. We have a number of pilots to choose from, and we chose the best pilot,” Geller said, contradicting a report from Deadline after the network decided not to pick up the show to series.

“Drew” was to follow famous sleuth Nancy Drew, now a detective for the NYPD in her 30s, as she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.

Joan Rather and Tony Phelan wrote and executive produced the pilot, with Dan Jinks also executive producing. Sarah Shahi played Nancy in the pilot, with “ER” alum Anthony Edwards playing her father.

CBS unveiled their fall schedule for the 2016-2017 season on Tuesday, with “Bull,” starring Michael Weatherly and based on the life of Dr. Phil McGraw, landing a choice spot in between “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” on Tuesdays.

In addition, new drams “Training Day,” which is based on the film of the same name, and “Doubt,” starring Laverne Cox and Katherine Heigl, will launch at midseason.