Sarah Shahi Update: Taking Nancy Drew lead role sealed fate for ‘Person of Interest?’

Sarah Shahi Update: Taking Nancy Drew lead role sealed fate for ‘Person of Interest?’

When Sarah Shahi took the lead role in the upcoming CBS drama series “Drew,” it also sealed the fate for her soon-to-be former series “Person of Interest.” Though it was not formally announced that Season Five of Person of Interest” is heading for the exit doors, executive producer J.J. Adams agrees with the observation having 13 episodes for the new season.

In the season-ending of the series, Shahi plays the role of Sameen Shaw, who is a government assassin who worked for Special Counsel. Her character unknowingly deals with the “relevant” numbers from the Machine and thus, becomes an ally of Reese and Finch. She is pictured as having a self-identified personality disorder and enjoys shooting the bad guys.

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On the other hand, in the new series which will be entitled “Drew,” Shahi will play as Nancy Drew, who in her 30’s has joined the NYPD as a Detective using her uncanny skills in solving crimes. “Drew” will be making a contemporary jump from the classic book novels written by Carolyn Keene and Variety reported that only the pilot episode has so far have been ordered thus, rumors as early as now are swelling, if the pilot episode could not deliver then it will be its first and last.

Shahi will be joined by an interesting cast as well namely “ER‘s” Anthony Edwards (as Nancy’s dad), “Graceland‘s” Vanessa Ferlito (as a fellow NYPD detective) and The Good Wife‘s Felix Solis (as Nancy’s boss at the NYPD). The show will be co-written by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan of “Grey’s Anatomy” and will have Dan Jinks as executive-producer.

No word has been out yet when the pilot episode will air, but most like it will be towards the end of the season finale of “Persons of Interest,” which would likely be sometime in the Fall of this year.

The show will center on a more mature version than the classic story, wherein Nancy is now a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills as well as navigating through the complexities of life in a modern world.

Shahi earned her the lead role following her breakout role on “The L Word,” where she played the female lead opposite Damian Lewis on the NBC drama series “Life” and top-billed in USA’s “Fairly Legal.” She also recurred on NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”

Shahi is repped by CAA, McKeon-Myones Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.

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