Today CBS announced that Sarah Shahi will play a grown-up Nancy Drew in an upcoming reboot of the beloved book series. According to Entertainment Weekly:
Now in her 30s, Nancy is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.
It’s hard to oversell what a big deal it is for CBS to greenlight a female-fronted mystery series, and even harder to oversell the brilliant coup of casting a woman of color to play a character who has always been depicted as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white girl. CBS has traditionally been a network for straight white men, rolling out NCIS after NCIS and CSI after CSI. They’ve certainly enjoyed critical acclaim with The Good Wife, but even with that show’s ratings and awards season successes, CBS has only recently begun testing the female-fronted waters with shows like Madam Secretary and Supergirl.
Why the big leap forward with a drama fronted by a woman of color? A quick look at ABC’s Shondaland ratings and social media prowess answers that question!
I admit to feeling doubly optimistic by the fact that Sarah Shahi has played a queer woman not once, but twice in her career. As Carmen de la Pica Morales on The L Word she was left at the altar by Shane McCutcheon. And as Sameen Shaw on Person of Interest, she has investigated the complexities of the universe while falling for Root. (It’s interesting to note that Root and Shaw are the only two characters on POI who have really enjoyed a romantic storyline.)
All of which means Sarah Shahi is perfectly positioned to solve these other 25 lesbian TV mysteries when she takes up the mantle of Nancy Drew.
1. Who killed Jenny Schecter?
2. Why does every Liar in Rosewood get a boyfriend, but Emily can’t keep a girlfriend?
3. Why wasn’t Quinn Fabray at Santana and Brittany’s wedding, and why did no one even mention her?
4. Did a bear eat Erica Hahn in the Seattle Grace parking lot or what?
5. When are Clarke and Lexa gonna do it, but like for real do it?
6. What evil, horrible, malevolent demon spirits possessed the creators of Skins to do what they did with Skins Fire?
7. Are you kidding me that Jessica Jones and Trish Walker aren’t in love?
8. What happened between Archie Panjabi and Julianna Margulies that made the The Good Wife‘s writers destroy Kalinda?
9. Why is Ryan Murphy still allowed to write about trans women?
10. How come One Big Happy felt like it was made in 1994?
11. Was mowing Cat down with a car really the best way to write her off of Lip Service?
12. Why can Canadian TV lesbians make out with the lights on, but in the United States they have to lip-peck in the dark with hair covering their faces?
13. Is Mulan wearing an invisibility cloak or did she drink an invisibility potion?
14. When is CBS going to put Person of Interest season five on its schedule?
15. Is Delphine actually dead?
16. How does Laura not burst into flames when Carmilla looks at her like that?
17. Why did ABC Family let the CW usurp its title a Gayest TV Network?
18. Seriously, what did Annalise and Eve do to Wes and his mom?
19. If Karma isn’t gay for Amy, why does she act so gay for Amy?
20. How come Nicky went to max and never came back?
21. Why did Mimi Whiteman go from being the poor man’s Helen Peabody into the lecherous sloppy man’s Helen Peabody?
22. Did Peggy Peabody turn gay because of Sarah Paulson or did The L Word make her gay long before that?
23.Why perfect, innocent, beautiful, revolutionary, singular Tara, though? WHY?
24. When’s Betty McRae coming to Legends of Tomorrow to hook up with Sara Lance?
25. Really, Papi? Really?