TV Stumbled at Modernizing Nancy Drew, Until The CW Turned It Into a Supernatural Riverdale

'We thought that was the right spin,' said the network's president

In The CW's Nancy Drew, the character is working at a local diner a year after high school—and the death of her mother. Robert Falconer/The CW

Nancy Drew has solved hundreds of cases over the years, but for several decades, there has been one mystery she was unable to crack: how to modernize herself in order to connect with TV audiences.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.