Good Idea/Bad Idea: Sex and the City Prequel The Carrie Diaries Takes On the CW
The CW has a Sex and the City prequel show based on The Carrie Diaries in the works. Good idea/bad idea?
The rumor has been floating around for a while now, but it’s finally been confirmed: Candace Bushnell’s prequel novels to Sex in the City, The Carrie Diairies, will be making their way to the small screen courtesy of the CW. A set of two young adult books, The Carrie Diairies follow a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw as she navigates her senior year of high school in a small New England town. Carrie Bradshaw as a teenager? You know what this means, don’t you? That’s right:
I don’t know about you, but I can’t WAIT to see what young Carrie has to say about life and love in the ‘80s. Especially when it comes to ‘80s fashion. Because ‘80s fashion is HILARIOUS.
Deadline noted that The Carrie Diaries was never considered for adaptation by HBO because of its youthful slant; the CW, however, has made its name with exactly this sort of story, making it the perfect home for The Carrie Dairies. Furthermore, Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will be helming the project along with Warner Bros. TV, and Amy Harris, formerly a Sex and the City writer/producer who is currently writing for Gossip Girl, will be in charge of writing the adaptation. Pretty much the entire Gossip Girl team will be behind The Carrie Diairies? Sounds about right.
Though the only other Sex and the City character to appear in Bushnell’s YA novels is Samantha, Deadline also reported that the rights deal Warner Bros. TV is hashing out with HBO would allow the writers of The Carrie Diaries to pull in many of the characters and developments that Sex and the City built up over the course of its six-season run. This is interesting; it would be a departure from the source material, though the writers insist that Bushnell’s books would still be at the core of the show. In some ways, it seems like tying the show more tightly to Sex and the City might just be pandering to the fans, but at the same time, it also might be a smart way to keep the continuity going between the two shows.
There’s been no word on whether Sarah Jessica Parker or Sex and the City series creator Darren Star will be involved, but Fashionista speculated back in July that the cast would include younger Olsen sister Elizabeth as Carrie, Blake Lively as Samantha, Selena Gomez as Charlotte, and Emma Roberts as Miranda.
Of course, given the way the Sex and the City movies turned out—e.g., disappointing as heck—we’re not setting the bar for the new show terribly high. That way, if it’s awful, we’ll all have been prepared for it, and if it’s amazing, then we’ll all be pleasantly surprised. Right, Bettys?
Tell us: What do you think? Is a television show based off of The Carrie Diaries an awesome idea or a terrible one?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.