To the dismay of its original fan base, the gem that is Sex and the City will be
re-imagined exploited on the small screen – prequel style. In development since the fall, The Carrie Diaries has been officially piloted by the CW network, and we’re guessing they couldn’t be happier.
Based on Candace Bushnell’s book of the same, the series may appeal to the overzealous Sex fan who can’t get enough (see what we did there?), but in the spirit of being honest, this one’s decidedly for the kids.
Following Ms. Bradshaw’s trysts as a New England teen and aspiring writer, The Carrie Diaries probably won’t offer anything new by way of character development. Given that we already know how the story ends, the most exciting (all terms being relative) moments will be those that harken back – or forward – to Carrie & Co.’s adulthood.
With Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage lending their flair for depicting nauseatingly over-privileged young women to the project, it’s almost certain the show will resonate with aspirational teens (who either possess, or are wholly uninterested in, vaginas).
But it’s tough to spot how The Carrie Diaries will differentiate itself from current teen fare. And without the cutting-edge backing of HBO – or characters who can curse and fuck without weeks of planning as to not make the public uncomfortable – perhaps The Carrie Diaries would be better served by remaining in the format it was originally intended.
Personally, we suspect the first Sex and the City prequel was better. It was called Square Pegs.
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