The New ‘Nancy Drew’ Trailer Will Give You Major ‘Riverdale’ Vibes

Teen suspense has already found a home on TV on The CW’s Riverdale, and come this fall, Archie, Jughead, and company will have a friend to continue the drama after Riverdale credits roll. The network welcomes teen detective Nancy Drew to her own series this fall, but this won’t exactly be like the mysteries you grew up reading. The new Nancy Drew trailer takes its cue from the dark and mysterious Riverdale, but get ready for a fresh and modern take on your favorite literary detective.

In case you missed it, Nancy Drew is slated to premiere on The CW in a post-Riverdale slot this fall, debuting on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Unlike Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the new TV adaptation isn’t officially linked to the popular teen drama, but part of the original Nancy Drew story has already been changed because of a Riverdale detail. As longtime fans of the Nancy Drew book series will recall, the young sleuth grew up in the town of River Heights, but according to TV Guide, the show’s creative team was concerned that the name was too similar to Riverdale. High school graduate Nancy (Kennedy McMann) now lives in the haunted town of Horseshoe Harbor.

A change of location isn’t the only new detail about Nancy circa 2019. Taking a year off before going to college, Nancy is working at a local diner, The Claw, when someone is discovered dead there. She and other young townies at the diner are now suspects in the murder of one of Horseshoe Harbor’s most prominent residents. Nancy seeks to crack the crime alongside appearances from book series staples like Bess (Maddison Jaizani) and George (Leah Lewis) and finds herself investigating the situation with ex-con Nick (Tunji Kasim), the TV counterpart of Nancy’s longtime boyfriend Ned.

On top of throwbacks to the original character and her most famous mysteries, the trailer reveals that Horseshoe Harbor is supposedly haunted by a ghost named Lucy Sable, who may have somehow killed a socialite. "The truth is, we all have secrets," Nancy says in a voiceover as footage of her exploring a spooky house and spending time with Nick plays. "Everyone’s a suspect."

During the show’s Comic-Con International presentation in San Diego, executive producer Stephanie Savage explained, "[We] started from the idea of everything that we loved about Nancy Drew, that she was brave and smart and fearless and stood up for herself, but there was also something else to Nancy Drew. She also had a darkness in her, so when we first sat down, [we asked ourselves], ‘Why is Nancy following these people into these dark alleys? And getting hit over the head with a candlestick and tied to a chair?’"

While Riverdale has incorporated characters and elements from the Archie Comics, Nancy Drew‘s nods to the titular girl’s past will likely remain within character appearances and sly mentions of older mysteries. TV Guide implies that fans shouldn’t count on complete recreations of classic Nancy Drew stories, and seeing as the trailer focuses on this murder and its ghostly connections, multiple mysteries might not be in the plans for Season 1.

Fans know that Nancy is more than capable of tackling several mysteries in the course of a season, but count me in for a breakdown of this new Horseshoe Harbor crime. Season 1 of Nancy Drew premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 9, on The CW.

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