“The Carrie Diaries”, which is The CW’s answer to a “Sex and the City” prequel, follows the life of Carrie Bradshaw before she was a New York columnist, but star AnnaSophia Robb says not to compare the two shows. "Don't compare it to the original; just embrace it for what it is," she says, adding "We want audiences to enjoy this and not scrutinize every little detail. Enjoy the ride and the fashion and characters we've created."
“Carrie Diaries” premieres tonight on The CW at 8/7c, and starts with Carrie in her senior year after the death of her mother. Carrie is unsure of her future, herself and when her father sets up an internship for her at a law firm in NYC she meets an edgy magazine editor that will change her life. The series is based on the prequel novel by Candace Bushnell, who also penned “Sex and the City”, but the show has strayed from some of the facts in the original book and the HBO series that portrayed how Carrie came to be. Fans are already in an uproar about some of these changes, such as how in the HBO series, Carrie is an only child without a father and in the new series she has siblings and an a mother who died. Executive producer Amy Harris says that these changes were not taken lightly.
"When I read Candace Bushnell's book, I was blown away by the choice not to have a mother because that perfectly explained why she's so damaged," Harris said. "The fear you come with is so tremendous and your parental relationship becomes totally romanticized with a death. Carrie, as an adult, is so romantic and has high expectations for relationships. To some degree, that can be because she has a good relationship with her father. This Carrie is also damaged and afraid, and we'll see how screwed up she is about embracing a good guy."
If you are expecting to see best friends Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha pop up anytime soon on “Carrie Diaries”, you might be disappointed. "Let's get to know Carrie. It's a new actor playing an iconic role.” Harris says. “Let people enjoy this new universe, get sucked in and have a lot of fun with how she eventually met them."
Robb, who was only 12 when “Sex and the City” ended, says that watching the original show now brings her new appreciation and outlooks on her role in the show. “I watch and love it, and see that The Carrie Diaries has similar flavors to the original show, but you're watching her experience all of these things for the first time. I love the episode when Carrie goes to Paris and claps because it's everything she ever dreamed of. That's what New York is for this Carrie. She's realizing you could go to these fabulous parties and wear these amazing shoes and express yourself and she's finding her voice in high school and in the city."