AnnaSophia Robb never really struck me as a good choice to play the young Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries, The CW’s upcoming show about Sex and the City‘s Carrie in her teen years. I think because many of Robb’s movies so far — like Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn-Dixie and Soul Surfer — have been of a more serious nature.
But I love Robb and I love Sex and the City, so I’m willing to give the show a chance. I also love a lot of the shows on The CW, so think they’ll do a good job with it. And maybe I’m thinking the show will be somewhat frivolous, but in reality may be more serious in nature. I’m open to anything.
The Carrie Diaries takes place in 1984, and Carrie Bradshaw is 16 years old. Since their mom passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt (Stefania Owen) is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom (Matt Letscher) is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own.
Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse (Ellen Wong), snarky Maggie (Katie Findlay), and sensitive Walt (Brendan Dooling) – make life bearable, but suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles. Even the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian (Austin Butler) only reminds Carrie that she spent the whole summer grieving rather than moving on with life.
So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie’s eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City – and when she meets Larissa (Freema Agyeman), the style editor for Interview magazine, she’s inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa’s world.
Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life – Manhattan.
Based on the novels by Candace Bushnell, The Carrie Diaries is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Fake Empire, with executive producers Candace Bushnell, Josh Schwartz (Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl), Stephanie Savage (Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl), Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie) and Amy Harris (Gossip Girl).
The Carrie Diaries premieres Mon., Jan. 17 at 8/7c on The CW.