Because of an early morning doctor’s appointment yesterday, I got to leave my house a little later than normal. Thankfully, I caught a contest on the PIX 11 morning news. After texting about 20-30 times, I won tickets to the red carpet premier of “The Carrie Diaries,” a new TV series about “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw before she became a New York writer.
Rhonesha Byng of HerAgenda.com joined me on the walk along the red carpet and down memory lane (can I say that since I wasn’t old enough to drink Tab when it was popular in the 80s) back to 1984 when Carrie’s obsession with Manhattan began.
Nesha and I walked the red carpet…
picked up some Tab…
which I thought was nasty…
and stuffed our pockets with as much candy as would fit.
Aside from the throwback tunes (Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and Laid Back’s “White Horse” played on the sound system before the first episode started) the premiere was wonderful. It was followed by a Q&A session with the show’s star, AnnaSophia Robb, the creator of the SATC anthology, Candace Bushnell, and The Carrie Diaries’ producer, Amy Harris. I was skeptical about any addition to the original “Sex and the City” since the 2nd movie got a sideways thumb (not quite thumbs-down) from me. The Carrie Diaries is close enough to SATC with narration from Carrie and spot on fashion from the time period.
When asked about the similarities of the SATC and TCD series, AnnaSophia Robb, the 18-year old who plays young Carrie, said she wasn’t sure if she should “be the show [SATC], or be this show, or be the book” but talked about working back from The Carrie Diaries and forward from the book. On whether we’d get a chance to see “Samantha, Charlotte, or Miranda,” Amy Harris said it was “very important to create real characters so we understand” why Carrie ended up with the friends she has in the SATC series. She went on to say she doesn’t think we’ll get to see any of the characters we know during the first season stressing “I really want the audience to get to know Carrie and her girls.”
AnnaSophia said she hadn’t spoken to the original Carrie, Sarah Jessica Parker, but got a letter from her congratulating her on the role. Shade, much?
The show airs in January 2013, probably taking the time slot of Gossip Girls on Mondays at 8pm since that series
finally ends this December.
For more pics and a in-depth look at the series, check out Rhonesha’s post on HerAgenda.com.