After the success of “Sex and the City” on HBO, it’s no surprise that HBO is looking to extend the franchise. Deadline now reports that HBO, which owns the rights to “The Carrie Diaries,” the high-school prequel to “Sex and the City,” is looking to The CW to be the home of the prequel, which chronicles Carrie’s life in high school.
Author Candice Bushnell would executive produce, and the hope is that “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” bosses Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage would also oversee.
“The Carrie Diaries” begins in Carrie Bradshaw’s senior year of high school in the 1980s and ultimately leads into her first NYC internship. Her love interest in the books is Sebastian Kidd, an untrustworthy classmate who ultimately comes between her and her best friend, Lali. In New York, Carrie does meet Samantha Jones, but she’s the only other “Sex and the City” character expected to appear.
Here’s the thing — “Sex and the City” certainly appeals to a CW audience, but knowing how the story ends (basically, with Mr. Big and a whole new set of BFFs) does take away from the thrill of watching a series. After all — why will new viewers invest in Carrie and Sebastian’s relationship if there’s no chance of a happily ever after?
We know The CW audience pretty well (we are The CW audience) and we’ve seen too many “Gossip Girl” and “Vampire Diaries” fans battle over the “endgame” to believe that viewers will invest in a series where the heroine’s future has already been decided. We wouldn’t mind a “Carrie Diaries” movie, but an entire series? We’ll pass.
Not to mention, The CW already has a show about young, driven women in New York City, and that’s “Gossip Girl,” which has had dwindling ratings over the last few years. It’s time for a new formula.