Sex and the City is returning to the small screen next week—sort of: The CW is premiering The Carrie Diaries, detailing the adventures of 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw, starting January 14.
In the new show, 19-year-old actress AnnaSophia Robb channels the character Sarah Jessica Parker made famous. Only instead of a stylish writer with an apartment waaaay too big for her budget, Carrie is a world-wise teen from Connecticut.
At this point in her life, Carrie’s dad, Tom, wanted her to be a lawyer. She attends Castlebury High School in Connecticut and her best friends are Maggie, Walt and Jill, nicknamed “The Mouse.” Her first crush is Sebastian Kydd, who calls her “Bradshaw” and has been kicked out of numerous boarding schools for bad behavior.
True to the style Carrie would adopt later in life as a columnist, in one scene she narrates first meeting the new kid — Kydd — “who deserves to have the hallway hush.”
She’s raunchy, talking about AIDS and condoms, and playful with her hobbies — swimming and playing the ’80s video game Atari.
Carrie interns at a law firm in the city and shops during lunch at Century 21, where, in the pilot, she runs into an Interview Magazine editor who will change her life. When she gets invited to Tribeca’s Odeon to party, she decides to go and skip her school dance, noting that she will make Manhattan home one day.
We also learn Carrie, along with sister Dorrit, was raised by her single dad—her mom having died before the show is set. Also appearing on the show is Brendan Dooling (right), who plays Carrie’s almost-definitely-gay BFF, Walt .
Will lightning strike twice or is will The Carrie Diaries be as bad as the second SATC movie? More importantly, will young Carrie run into young Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha?
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