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Sarah Shahi Says 'We Need Strong Female Role Models' After CBS Reportedly Passes on Drew Pilot for Being 'Too Female'

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Nancy Drew is not returning to television … for now.

On Monday, CBS announced it will not be moving forward with the new project Drew, featuring a grown-up Nancy Drew. News of the dropped pilot led to a Deadline reported that the series tested well but skewed “too female” at early screenings.

Sarah Shahi, who plays the lead character in the pilot, took to Twitter after hearing the news and thanked fans for their support, but also addressed the report about her show being “too female.”

“Some things are just not meant to be, but nice to know it tested well…,” Shahi, 36, posted on her Twitter. “Thank you for the [love]. I believe we need strong female role models. She def could have been one.”

Drew – is being shopped around to different networks – was one of two projects from Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy, Madam Secretary) in consideration at the network; the other was Doubt, which received a series order Saturday.