As Gossip Girl comes to a close with a shortened season and lackluster ratings (each episode managing to score under 1 million viewers so far for every installment), the teen drama will be replaced in the new year with another new series of the same caliber but touting a familiar franchise in the process: Sex and the City. Set almost 30 years ago, The Carrie Diaries turns back Carrie Bradshaw’s biological clock to her teen years as she begins her life of love and fashion.
Today, The CW has decided to kick off marketing for the upcoming program a bit early with the first full length trailer following a leaked preview a few months back and it features plenty of character developments along with hints towards the future Carrie while still remaining it’s own independent take on the character.
It’s 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Since their mother passed away, 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. Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and self-assured Maggie and sensitive Walt – make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles. And even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian brings some excitement to Carrie’s world, she is struggling to move on from her grief.
So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie’s eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City – and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she’s inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa’s world. Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life – Manhattan.
Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Katie Findlay, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Matt Letscher (Eli Stone), The Carrie Diaries premieres Mondays this January at a date TBD on The CW.