IP rules the CW’s new series orders. The network has picked up to series Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose; Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, headlined by Lucy Hale; and Nancy Drew, toplined by Kennedy McMann. Batwoman, featuring a lesbian superhero, and Katy Keene come from Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV; Nancy Drew hails from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and CBS TV Studios.
Kennedy McMann, who plays Nancy Drew, is considered a potential breakout star on the series, which has Freddie Prinze Jr. playing her dad. Launching a Nancy Drew TV series has been a priority for CBS TV Studios, which has the rights to the the classic YA mystery books. The studio developed two Nancy Drew series over the past four years, Drew at CBS during the 2015-16 development season, which went to pilot starring Sarah Shahi, and Nancy Drew at NBC last season. Both incarnations, from writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, were conceived as sequels to the books, with an adult Nancy Drew at the center. The studio’s third attempt with a teen heroine and new writers proved to be the charm.