According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost half of the world’s population is made up of women (the most current numbers, there are 7,334,771,614 people in the world, and 3,641,491,265 of them are women). According to CBS, that’s just not enough women to keep a female-skewing show on their schedule.
CBS has been talking about crafting an adult Nancy Drew series, called “Drew,” since last year, going so far as casting the series (with Sarah Shahi on board as a grownup Nancy who is now an NYPD detective) and filming a pilot, a pilot that was just rejected by the network because, per Deadline, it “skewed too female for CBS’ schedule.”
Deadline reports that while “Drew” is “not going forward at CBS [it] is being shopped to other outlets by CBS TV Studios.” The outlet holds that “the pilot tested well but skewed too female for CBS’ schedule” and that “the network had no 8 PM or 9 PM slot available” for the series.
CBS recently picked up a pack of, dare we say it, male-skewing series, thanks to new shows like “MacGyver,” “Training Day,” “Man With a Plan” and “The Great Indoors.” Seems like CBS doesn’t have a problem with going male-centric in its programming, at least as it suits them.
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THR shares some insider-y information from the network brass, including that the show “was said to be an internal favorite for new network president Glenn Geller and was rumored to be bidding for a spot on the schedule against Katherine Heigl’s redeveloped legal soap ‘Doubt’ — with both hailing from the same producers. Sources say the call ultimately may have come down to who was the bigger and more marketable star, proving sometimes recognizable IP just isn’t enough.”
Another female-skewing CBS property, “Supergirl,” recently moved from the network to The CW, where it joins other DC Comics series like “The Flash” and “Green Arrow.” And that Katherine Heigl-starring legal drama, “Doubt,” was recently picked up for series. We sure hope men want to watch that one, too!