Before Carrie Bradshaw was in love with Mr. Big and strutting around New York City in her latest pair of Manolo Blahniks, she was just another girl growing up in the 80s. Struggling with life, high school, romance and fashion, Carrie Bradshaw must have had quite the tales to tell. The CW brings you The Carrie Diaries starring AnnaSophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw at 16 years old. The show takes place in 1984 as Carrie struggles growing up with her widowed father and her rebellious younger sister. Having just landed an internship in Manhattan, Carrie juggles her new life in the city.
The series also stars Austin Butler as Carrie’s love interest. PCL readers will recognize him from his work on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. The series is based on the novels The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City by Candance Bushnell so die-hard fans of Sex and the City may not love the inconsistencies and differences from the original show starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
I personally thought AnnaSophia Robb really shined in this role. She blew me away with her acting and I definitely felt and saw a connection between her and the original Carrie. She’s come a long way since her time at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
If you take the show for what it is and don’t analyze or compare it to the original hit from HBO, I think you guys will love it. I think if The CW is looking for a new hit to add to their lineup of struggling shows, this fits the bill quite nicely.
The Carrie Diaries airs on The CW Mondays at 8pm Eastern.