Riley Smith returns to the CW with a lead role alongside Kennedy McMann in the new drama series of the network Nancy Drew, from CBS TV Studios and Fake Empire. Smith was discreetly presented as a regular in the series in the pilot in second position of his Fox drama series Innocent proved. It became officially available when Fox canceled the legal drama this weekend.
Written by Noga Landau, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and directed by Larry Teng, Nancy Drew Nancy Drew (McMann), 18, focuses on the summer after finishing high school. She thought of leaving her hometown to go to university, but when a murderer is murdered, Nancy happens to be the prime suspect of the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene.
Smith plays the handsome and wealthy Ryan Hudson, whose trophy wife is the victim of the murder. Although he was removed from the list of suspects by the police, Nancy is not so sure.
This is the third CW series in three years for Smith who played on Frequency and had a major recurring role on Perpetuity.
Nancy Drew co-stars Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Kasim Tunji, Alex Saxon, Scott Wolf and Alvina August.
Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Lis Rowinski, executive products.
Smith is taken over by Gersh and Principal Entertainment LA.