Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Nancy Drew Recast Is The Elephant In The Room At Comic-Con 2019

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It’s not rare in TV-land to see a character recast after the pilot episode. We saw it with Willow Rosenberg on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Sookie St. James on Gilmore GIrls, and many others. What — you don’t remember anyone besides Alyson Hannigan and Melissa McCarthy playing those roles? That’s probably because both shows opted to re-film the first episode after the show was picked up to series in order to maintain continuity. But that wasn’t the choice of the people behind the new highly-anticipated CW show, Nancy Drew set to premiere this fall.

Instead, Freddie Prinze Jr. — who initially played the Drew patriarch before he was replaced by Scott Wolf after what IMDB described as a decision of the producers who “wanted to go in a different direction” — was still all over the pilot episode screened at Comic-Con 2019. Who knows if they’ll make any adjustments before its October 9th premiere date.

What’s even more awkward, though, is that no one mentioned the change on the panel, according to TVLine. The cast seems to be happy with the change and apparently gave the new Mr. Drew a shout-out during the panel.

People are already gearing up for this show to be a combo of Riverdale and Veronica Mars. Oh, and if you’re a longtime Nancy Drew fan (hi! same!) and hoping that her sometimes-collaborators The Hardy Boys will make an appearance, producer Noda Landau said it was a possibility. Then again, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased the same thing about Sabrina Spellman on Riverdale and look where we ended up! With a show of her own! The CW isn’t opposed to creating multiple shows in the same universe (The Arrowverse, for example), so maybe the Hardy boys will be getting a series of their own in due time.

Fine, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s just look forward to the October premiere of Nancy Drew. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for Freddie Prinze Jr. Even if he’s not in the rest of the show, it’ll be nice to get a glimpse of our fave ’90s heartthrob.

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