‘Sex and the City’ Prequel Finds Its Carrie Bradshaw

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:01 am,

18-year-old Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star, AnnaSophia Robb, has a large pair of designer Manolo Blahniks to fill, as the young actress is set to portray the role Sarah Jessica Parker made famous in the new CW pilot, The Carrie Diaries.

As previously reported, The Carrie Diaries, which is based on the Candace Bushnell book series, will explore the life of small-town girl Carrie Bradshaw in the ’80s, as she makes her way through high school – and all the complications that come with it – in an attempt to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. The Carrie Diaries is a prequel to Bushnell’s best-seller Sex And The City, which was later adapted into the popular HBO show in 1998.

The CW committed to the project back in September, with Sex and the City writer/co-producer Amy B. Harris adapting the book and serving as the series showrunner. Alongside Harris, the Warner Bros. Television project also secured Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein (Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie) to executive produce, as well as HBO’s Enlightened director (and producer) Miguel Arteta to direct the pilot.

Actress Stefania Owen (Running Wilde) will also be joining Robb in the prequel, as Carrie’s 14-year-old sister.

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The CW’s Carrie Diaries series would mark the first appearance of AnnaSophia Robb in a leading television role and the third project based on Bushnell’s books to be development into a show, after Sex and the City and the 2008 series Lipstick Jungle starring Brooke Shields. While Lipstick Jungle  may have found a small following, the series was eventually canceled after its second season.

It remains to be seen if The CW’s The Carrie Diaries will achieve the same widespread success with a younger teen-based audience than Sex And The City had. If CW’s other profitable young and female oriented lineup The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl are any type of indication, then it seems promising. One of the potential pitfalls of the series might be the fact that most of the current CW demographic probably weren’t even allowed to watch HBO’s Sex And The City back in ’98, and, in return, the loyal Sex and the City fans may find The Carrie Diaries too watered down for their liking.


The CW will make a decision on The Carrie Diaries this May.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Sarah Jessica Parker & a horse walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Why the long faces?”

    • Hahaha!

  2. She doesn’t seem vapid enough for a role like this.

    • Nor ugly enough…

      • Not that she’s ugly at all, but that SJP is so… oh, I think I’ve made my point.

  3. Why is this on screenrant?

    • SR covers TV shows, and this is a TV show.

  4. Odd choice for her…she’s an excellent actress.

  5. This prequel series will conclude with young Carrie getting plowed face-first by a runaway city bus, explaining how a girl that attractive suddenly ends up looking like SJP.

    Oh…spoilers, I guess.

  6. SJP looks like a foot according to Peter Griffin and I agree with him.

    ASR is way too hot to play Carrie Bradshaw.

  7. And exactly how many of you virgin knuckleheads actually watched the show? Obviously none, or you’d acknowledge that SATC was and still is excellent groundbreaking television…

    • We’re virgins? Who’s the one white-knighting a chick flick on an internet forum, chuckles?

      Besides, you don’t need to be a SITC fan to notice a pretty huge difference between ASR and SJP. It’s like having Justin Timberlake portray a young Seabiscuit.

      • I’m sticking up for good television as I see it, since I’m evidently the only one who’s watched the show. Instead of taking cheap shots at SJP’s looks because I’m threatened by an actress doesn’t look like a store front mannequin.

        • This word, “threatened”…I do not think it means what you think it means. XD

          • My point is that Sex And The City was the moment when television went from good to great. It was the vanguard in many ways for the current golden era of television we are now experiencing, setting a standard for cable networks to live up to and the beginning of the end of network television. Regardless of whether you find her attractive, Sarah Jessica Parker is largely responsible for the appeal of the main character and turning a mediocre book into a classic boundary breaking sexually explicit comedy television series about middle aged women who like to drink, smoke, talk about men and f@$k. It galls me when somebody won’t give the show the credit it’s due and criticizes the show without having watched it because they can’t look past their comfort zone and a long nose.

            And the CW show will be DOA. Mark my words…

            • Honestly, I don’t watch it because it’s a girl show, tailored for girls, marketed to girls, with storylines and characters deliberately designed to appeal to girls.

              I’m not the target market. None of which is any handicap when rendering an opinion of SJP’s appearance.

              Which, lest the point somehow be lost, is supremely equine.

              • So: You never watched the show but it must have sucked because Sarah Jessica Parker has a face like a horse.

                Except you never watched it, so how would you even know who it was tailored for? And the f word flowed freely and casually on that show, to say the least. This new show is clearly an attempt to redirect the audience from women to girls.

  8. so, which one will ring in the end of the world? Snooki being pregnant, or this show actually surviving? I think it’s a tie-breaker.

  9. Emma Stone could be a young Samantha, rachel liegh cook could be a young Charlotte, and Abigail Breslin could be a young Miranda