The Carrie Diaries (TV series)
|The Carrie Diaries|
|Based on||The Carrie Diaries
by Candace Bushnell
|Developed by||Amy B. Harris|
|Narrated by||AnnaSophia Robb|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||19 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original run||January 14, 2013– present|
|Preceded by||Sex and the City
The Carrie Diaries is an American teen drama television series on The CW. It is a prequel to the HBO television series Sex and the City and based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. The first season of the show focuses on Carrie Bradshaw during her junior year of high school in 1984, and she explores life in New York while interning at a law office. On May 11, 2012, the pilot was picked up by The CW to series and premiered on January 14, 2013.
Cast and characters
- AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw; The protagonist and voice-over narrator of the series. She is a 17-year-old high-school student living in Castlebury, Connecticut, who dreams of being a famous writer. Carrie's mother recently died from cancer and as a result, Carrie's younger sister, Dorritt, is more rebellious than ever, and their father, Tom, is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own. She took an after-school, once-a-week internship at a law firm in New York City which she relishes as a stepping stone in her quest to leave her small town behind her. She left this position to work for Larissa Loughlin at Interview Magazine.
- Austin Butler as Sebastian Kydd; The new kid at Castlebury High School and Carrie's love interest. Sebastian moves to Castlebury after getting kicked out of his old high school for having sex with his art history teacher. He lives with his divorced mother who is never around. He and Carrie date during the second half of the first season, before breaking up (after a fight resulting in Sebastian kissing Maggie). They are constantly going back and forth from a couple to singles and back, but it is clear that they both have feelings for each other.
- Ellen Wong as Jill "Mouse" Chen; Jill is Carrie's nerdy and sweet best friend from high school and the ex-girlfriend of a college guy she still loves. They broke up because both of their grades were getting low. In school, she is an academic overachiever who is said to be under pressure and driven to be the best at everything by her stern parents.
- Katie Findlay as Maggie Landers; Carrie's former best friend, and Walt's sexually active ex-girlfriend. She is a sarcastic and self-assured underachieving student who barely passes her classes and is said to have an unhappy home life where her parents neglect and ignore her. She cares about Carrie, and will sacrifice her own happiness for Carrie's.
- Stefania Owen as Dorritt Bradshaw; Carrie's troubled, 15-year-old, rebellious younger sister. She openly resents Carrie for being close with their mother, and for not having more time with her. She is rebelling by dying her hair and wearing too much eye make-up as well as seeing an guy older than Carrie called Miller.
- Brendan Dooling as Walter "Walt" Reynolds; Carrie's other best friend. He is Maggie's ex-boyfriend. He doesn't know that she is cheating on him with a cop. In the ending of the first episode, it's implied that Walt is secretly gay. In later episodes it is clear he is confused about his sexuality, he even sparks an interest in a man named Bennet Wilcox (an employee at Interview Magazine). At the end of the first season he and Maggie break up, and she (as well as the rest of the group) finds out about his homosexuality. He is currently pursuing a potential relationship with Bennet.
- Chloe Bridges as Donna LaDonna; The school's most popular girl, and she is the leader of a clique called 'The Jens' which is made up of all of the school's shallow and narcissistic 'mean girls'. She was Carrie's chief rival in the first season and also had a crush on Walt. When she found out that Walt was gay, she protected his secret by telling the whole school that they had sex. She is currently frenemies with Carrie.
- Freema Agyeman as Larissa Loughlin; A hip, British, cutting-edge style editor at Interview magazine and party girl who acts as Carrie's mentor in New York City.
- Matt Letscher as Tom Bradshaw; Carrie's overprotective father. He loosens up a bit as the series progresses.
- Lindsey Gort as Samantha Jones (season 2 - present), Donna's brash and outgoing older cousin whom Carrie befriends. She is part of Manhattan's music scene.
- Josh Salatin as Simon Byrnes, a local policeman and Maggie's casual sexual partner.
- Jake Robinson as Bennet Wilcox, Larissa's co-worker and Walt's boyfriend. Roommates with Stanford.
- Scott Cohen as Harlan Silver, Tom's friend who encourages him to begin dating.
- Nadia Dajani as Deb, Tom's girlfriend.
- R.J. Brown as Thomas West, Mouse's academic rival turned boyfriend.
- Whitney Vance and Alexandra Miller as the Jens, Donna LaDonna's two minions. They follow her around in explosions of neon doing whatever their leader tells them to.
- Evan Crooks as Miller, Dorrit's former boyfriend who works at the Record store.
- TBA as Stanford Blatch (season 2)
- Chris Wood as Adam Weaver
In September 2011, it was officially announced that The CW network was moving forward with a television series as a prequel to the original series, based on The Carrie Diaries. The project is produced by Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Former Sex and the City writer Amy B. Harris penned the adaptation.
On January 18, 2012, The CW network ordered a pilot of The Carrie Diaries. The project will continue to be helmed by executive producers Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Candace Bushnell. On May 11, the pilot was picked up to series. On May 9, 2013, The CW renewed The Carrie Diaries for a second season. It has received an initial order of 13 episodes.
On February 15, 2012 the series' first role was cast. Stefania Owen has landed the part of Carrie Bradshaw's 14-year-old sister Dorrit. She's described as rebelling in the most obvious of ways: dyeing her hair, getting arrested, acting out. Dorrit is desperate for attention and willing to get it any way she can. On February 27, 2012 it was announced that AnnaSophia Robb had won the role of the young Carrie Bradshaw. On February 28, Katie Findlay and Ellen Wong joined her. Wong will play Carrie's best friend in high school, Jill Chen. Also known as 'The Mouse', Jill is said to be intelligent and loyal. Findlay will star in the project as Carrie's oldest friend Maggie Landers, the police chief's daughter. Whereas Carrie is beginning to explore Manhattan, Maggie has no desire to leave her town. On March 2, 2012, Deadline reported that Austin Butler has been cast as the male lead. Butler will play Sebastian Kydd, a brooding heartthrob and ultimate insider who always plays the outsider. His presence at Carrie's school will shake things up in a big way. On March 4, 2012, Deadline announced that Freema Agyeman has been cast in the pilot as Larissa, a hip, cutting-edge editor and party girl who works at Interview magazine and is Carrie's mentor. On the same day, Brendan Dooling, who originally auditioned for the role of Sebastian, joined the cast as Walt, Carrie's gay friend. On March 9, 2012, Deadline reported that Matt Letscher had been cast as Carrie's father. On March 14, 2012 it was announced that Chloe Bridges had been cast as Carrie's nemesis Donna LaDonna, the popular girl who is confident and savvy with more there than meets the eye.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||Premiered||Ended||Rank||Average viewers
|Season 1||Mondays 8:00 pm||13||January 14, 2013||1.61||April 8, 2013||1.00||#143||1.14|
|Season 2||Fridays 8:00 pm||13||October 25, 2013||0.78||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said "The CW's attempt to capture the magic of Sex and the City in a prequel, set in 1984, could have gone very wrong. But The Carrie Diaries is surprisingly right." Marisa LaScala of PopMatters says "The rest of the show goes on to prize sweetness over superficiality." Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix describes "The new series succeeds on its own nostalgic terms."
In the United States, on their first season, The Carrie Diaries aired on The CW on Mondays at 8:00 pm as a lead-in for 90210 and is then streamed on The CW's website. The show moved to Fridays for its second season and it premiered on October 25, having been paired with America's Next Top Model. In Canada the series airs on Citytv, and premiered January 14, 2013. In Australia the series started airing on January 15, 2013 on FOX8. In Latin America the series premiered on Boomerang on May 20, 2013. In India, the series premiered on June 8, 2013 on Zee Cafe. 
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- The Carrie Diaries at the Internet Movie Database
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