On Wednesday, The CW announced that Nancy Drew would end with its fourth season. The series, which stars Kennedy McMann in the titular role, will end following its upcoming fourth season. The news, of course, isn’t entirely surprising as the network was recently purchased by Nexstar. Production on Season 4 is currently underway, and the cast and crew were informed of the cancellation on Wednesday.
In a statement to the press, showrunners Noga Landau and Melinda Hsu commented on the show’s cancellation. The duo explains that they’re glad to have brought this story to life, and to be given the chance to end it intentionally and with kindness. “We are so honored and proud to have brought Nancy Drew’s iconic determination, individuality and resilience to life in a years-long collaboration with incredible creative talents in front of the camera, behind the scenes and among our studio and network partners,” they said. “Our hearts are full of gratitude, knowing that we are able to bring this chapter to a close with intentionality, inclusivity and kindness — and of course with plenty of sleuthing twists, supernatural scares and star-crossed romance along the way. We are especially indebted to our wonderful fan community, whose connection with our themes and stories has meant the world to us. Season four will be a worthy and resonant payoff for their continued love and support.”
The show’s cancellation comes after The CW canceled its spinoff series, Tom Swift, over the summer. That series ended its run with a single season after failing to draw in viewers. Reports suggested the first five episodes of that series had pulled in a measly 0.1 in the all-important 18-49 demographic. While the season 3 finale of Nancy Drew pulled in 0.08 in the same demographic. Neither are impressive, but Nancy Drew was pretty inline with most other CW titles.
Leading lady McMann thanked the fans for their support, expressing her thankfulness at bringing a character like Nancy Drew to life. “Thank you, thank you, thank you for every ounce of passion and kindness you have shared with me and with each other.”
As of right now, Nancy Drew does not yet have a release date for Season 4.