'The Carrie Diaries' Premieres Tonight! Will You Watch?

This new series shows Carrie Bradshaw's life as a wide-eyed teenager. But is she as fun without the cocktails and sex-capades?

Would you watch Sex and the City if it had less sex and more suburbs? That's what the creators of The Carrie Diaries are counting on!

The CW's prequel to the groundbreaking HBO series stars AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw, the 1984 version of Sarah Jessica Parker's Manhattan journalist. On the new show, Carrie is an awkward 16-year-old, tentatively exploring the fashion world with a Manhattan internship while attending a Connecticut high school. Like the older Carrie, she has a group of friends who constantly dish about their love lives; the difference is that those friends are inexperienced teenagers. (Watch a preview below!)

 

For die-hard Sex and the City fans, The Carrie Diaries may be a mixed bag. It's familiar in that it mirrors the earlier show's wacky fashion sense (in a retro-'80s way), its trademark Carrie voice-overs, and its girls-only gabfests (over sodas, not cocktails). According to The Daily Beast, Robb is an eerily accurate Carrie, with many of Sarah Jessica Parker's mannerisms.

However, the show also takes major detours from the beloved '90s series. As Vulture points out, it completely rewrites Carrie's back story: the HBO version was a girl from a working-class background, often struggling to make it in the big city, who grew up with an absentee father and a closet void of designer handbags. Also, Zap2It notes that the original Carrie was an only child and didn't come to N.Y.C. until she was 20.

In short, The Carrie Diaries appears to be more Gossip Girl than Sex and the City. But that's okay, because a lot of the great things about both those shows -- the fashion, the heightened relationship drama, the glamorous inside look at Manhattan -- are present in this new one.

Adjust your expectations accordingly, and tune into the CW at 9 p.m. to check it out.

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