The Drew Crew is in for a rude awakening.
Nancy Drew resumes its otherworldly haunts when season 2 kicks off Wednesday with Nancy and her friends desperately racing against time to try and outrun and absolve the deadly Aglaeca curse, which has terrifyingly predicted their imminent (and violent) deaths. So how exactly are they going to ensure that they snuff the curse out for good, so they can live to see another day? That’s one of the big questions plaguing the group at the start of the season.
“[They are in] very deep trouble. It’s for real,” executive producer Melinda Hsu Taylor tells ET. “They are definitely going to die unless they figure out what to do.”
And as if Nancy didn’t have enough on her plate, the amateur sleuth is still reeling from the life-changing revelation that she’s actually Lucy Sable’s daughter and Ryan Hudson is her biological father, not Carson Drew — a development that would turn anyone’s world upside down. “Her mental state definitely goes on a bit of an interesting roller-coaster this season,” creator and executive producer Noga Landau warns.
opportunity to fill the little time-space between the end of episode 18 and the beginning of episode 19, which happens to be six hours between those episodes. We called it 1×18.5 for a while, but now it’s 2×01. In that episode, we were able to set a lot of story arcs in motion and to introduce some great new characters that are about to be introduced the supernatural elements of the wraith, which is so fun. But also remind the audience where these people were, that they’re on the run essentially from a supernatural serial killer and how are they going to fix that problem in their life. As far as creatively adapting to a COVID world? Noga, do you want to talk about that for a second?
Noga Landau: I think what’s cool about what we managed to pull up and it really wasn’t us, it was entirely our cast and crew who are based in Vancouver, it was cool about what they managed to magically do behind the camera, which is make it seem as if nothing was different when in fact everything was different for how we had to shoot the show. Our entire crew everyday dons PPE, everyone is in masks. Everyone is in different zones. Everyone is being so careful with each other and protecting the cast because they’re the only ones who have to take their PPE off in order to be on camera. The thing that Melinda and I both want to really emphasize is our cast and crew are amazing and they’re our angels and they leaned into this challenging, new reality with so much enthusiasm and grace and we couldn’t be more proud of the work that they’ve done because it really shows onscreen. You would never know that this season was shot in the middle of a devastating pandemic and we’re so proud of them.
Hsu Taylor: Lily Hui, she is the architect of the amazingness in Vancouver and is supported by a team of wonderful class people and COVID safety experts and all of that. But we seriously could not deal without Lily. The other thing that has worked in our favor is that because our show so heavily and wonderfully relies on our core cast, just putting the five of them safely tested and taken care of with protocols, five of them in a room together, that’s the show. We’re definitely hampered by things like, can’t do a giant crowd sequence, can’t do a street riot… We don’t have to worry about that.
In terms of previewing the new season and where everything picks up, with the Drew crew fully aware of their terrifying death premonitions, how do they go about making sure they don’t die?
Landau: A lot of our influences for the new season — I was going to mention Final Destination — there’s something about a group of teens, young adults facing their own demise, that the whole mystery of how they go about the Aglaeca is really fun, and has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. But actually you’re going to ripple throughout the rest of the season in surprising ways. But I think on a character level, what we had a lot of fun with is looking at each one of the characters and saying, “OK, if this person knew that they were going to die at the hands of a bloodthirsty, supernatural entity, how would they react to that and how would it affect their personal life? It affects how George and Nick deal with the fact that right at the moment, when they’re falling most in love with each other, they might have to die together. It affects how Nancy looks at how she’s going to deal with the unresolved issues with Carson and also with Ryan, who’s her biological dad she just found out about. And with Ace, it affects how he looks at his relationship with his own father and his own reason for existing, what he wants to do with his life. It’s really about what it brings up for each one of the individual characters that I think is most exciting.