Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Carrie Diaries Carries On

The Carrie Diaries
Monday Nights, 8 PM
The CW Network
Produced by Candace Bushnell
With AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler
Four Scoops of Bosco

Reviewed by Allen Bacon, The Daily Bosco

If there ever was a fictional television character that you wanted to learn more about on how they arrived to where they are in their life it would have to be Carrie Bradshaw.

Through books, television, and movies, we have ridden along with Carrie and her friends and their adventures through their 30's and 40's. And now through the imagination of Creator Candace Bushnell, we now get a glimpse at Carrie Bradshaw the teenager.

In the Carrie Diaries (Monday nights, CW Network 9 PM) we find out quickly that Bradshaw, a junior at a high school in Connecticut in 1984,  is dealing with the death of her mother, a dysfunctional sister, a set of interesting friends, and a mysterious love interest (maybe Mr. Big as a high school guy?).

We also find out how she arrives in New York City and starts her love affair with the city while interning at a law firm once a week.

As in Sex and The City, this show is not so much about sex than it is about friendships, relationships, and a love of a city and life itself.  And because it is on CW, a mainstream broadcast network and geared toward a younger audience, it needs to be naturally tamer than the original that was on an uninhibited HBO.

The young Carrie Bradshaw is played by relative newcomer AnnaSophia Robb who does a great job acting and narrating.

The soundtrack is a fun "Hits of the mid 80's" (A lot of Talking Heads, Simple Minds, etc).  And a pretty good attention to detail from the era (notice the fashion and the big cel phones) and tie in's to the original Sex and The City like when Carrie first arrives in NYC and a bus goes by and splashes her (re the pilot of SATC and it's iconic opening)

Good to see that Sex and the City writers like Amy B. Harris are involved to keep the continuity going between the original and this prequel.

With the first two shows under their belt, The Carrie Diaries is one of those shows that you want to follow to see how this prequel arcs and links to the original SATC.

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