AnnaSophia Robb promised The Hollywood Reporter she would be nothing like Sarah Jessica Parker in her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the new CW show The Carrie Diaries, a prologue to HBO’s Sex and the City. She goes as far to say “Sarah Jessica Parker did such a beautiful job of embodying that role. That is a whole role on a pedestal all by itself, which I don’t want to touch because it is perfect and I love it”.. Hold on AnnaSophia, if you’re going to be nothing like the Carrie the world fell in love with, then why would anyone watch it?
Watching SJP stumble through her 30’s as the relatable yet hate-able Carrie Bradshaw is pretty much why anyone watched Sex and the City. That and to see her amazing collection of Manolo Blahniks and hear the antics of her equally nutty friends, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. Oh, what’s this we hear? THR also reports that her shoes and friends aren’t in the new show either…So really, is there ANY incentive to watch an awkward scrunchie clad Carrie Bradshaw before she was cool and could sort of afford a designer wardrobe? All in all, AnnaSophia Robb should have no trouble in being a completely different character because young Carrie is nothing like the iconic Carrie Bradshaw we all love/hate.
If that wasn’t enough reason to tune out – what about these deal breakers? If you’ve seen the HBO series you know it takes Carrie until her mid-40’s to find true love, so you won’t be invested in her early relationships. Additionally, you also know any of Carrie’s friendships before Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte fizzle, so again it’s hard to believe her new friends are the real deal. You also never see the Manhattan Carrie visit her bland Connecticut roots in the HBO version and there’s probably good reason for that.
If you can’t tell the new show on the CW really isn’t doing it for me…and it hasn’t even aired yet. That being said, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had these cynical thoughts (at least I hope I’m not) so maybe showrunners have addressed these major plot red flags and will somehow make the show worth watching. That’s a big maybe though. Perhaps I’m being a little too hard on the new show. It’s clearly geared toward a demographic too young to watch the original Sex and the City.
I personally haven’t watched anything on the CW since it was the WB and Jessica Biel was in 7th Heaven so maybe it’s more quality television than I realize. But again, that’s another big maybe.