The First Trailer for Nancy Drew Updates the Story of the Teen Detective

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The CW released trailers for a number of new series today, among them the first look at Nancy Drew, a new series that follows the famous teenage sleuth, though according to the trailer this isn’t quite the same Nancy that we grew up with.

The trailer reveals a Nancy whose tried to put her sleuthing days behind her, only to be sucked back in when a murder happens right next to where she works. We get to see Nancy on the case, along with her friends. It’s also been revealed that Freddie Prinze Jr., who was originally cast to play Nancy’s father Carson, has been replaced in the role by Scott Wolf.

Something that intrigues me in this trailer is the suggestion of the supernatural. Nancy states outright that she doesn’t believe in ghosts, and in the old stories, “ghosts” were always proven to be clever tricks. However, in this trailer, there seems to be the suggestion that there really are ghosts roaming Nancy’s hometown, and I’m curious to see if the show follows through on this thought.

We get a lot of show details in the official synopsis:

Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene: Nancy’s nemesis from high school, George Fan (Leah Lewis); a rich girl with a mysterious past, Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani); Nancy’s secret boyfriend, Ned “Nick” Nickerson (Tunji Kasim), and amiable burnout Ace (Alex Saxon). The five of them must team up to clear their own names – encountering emotional entanglements and even more mysteries along the way.

Nancy’s reawakening brings her into conflict with her widowed father, Carson Drew (Scott Wolf), who is dating Detective Karen Hart (Alvina August). And, when a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl. Whether the ghost is here to help, or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Nancy’s going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes. Executive produced by Noga Landau (“The Magicians”), Melinda Hsu Taylor (“The Gifted,” “The Vampire Diaries”), Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl,” “Dynasty,” “Runaways”), Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “Dynasty,” “Runaways”) and Lis Rowinski (“Dynasty,” “Runaways”), NANCY DREW is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fake Empire.

Nancy Drew will be airing on Wednesdays at 9pm this fall on The CW.