The Carrie Diaries: Dead on Arrival?

Ah, with the holiday season now over, it’s time to get back to the basics — and by basics, I mean reboots and revisions of old television shows. There seems to be a lot of those these days, huh? Is anything on TV original? I don’t really know. Just take a look at The CW, a network that I often consider the underdog of television stations. After the announced cancellation of Emily Owens, MD, it seems the struggling network has another female centric program up their sleeves — one that may be dead on arrival. The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to HBO’s hit Sex and the City series, is set to premiere this month.

What’s that I hear? Was that a collective sigh of frustration from individuals tired of seeing rehashes, reboots and revamps? Yes, I do believe it was. Don’t get me wrong — I like The CW. Really, I do. Arrow is the business…and Smallville wasn’t half bad either! I like that The CW tries. Hey, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right? Eh, you’ll have to pardon me for giving my honest unadulterated opinion, but The Carrie Diaries seems like a desperate, hopeless attempt to bring in fans of a franchise that is way past its prime.

Ladies and gentlemen, I like television. In fact, I think I’m addicted. Any TV show that features good writing is a TV show that I will give a chance. With that being said, I’m man enough to admit that I watched Sex and The City. In fact, my DVD collection sits right next to my collection of Showtime’s gory Dexter and FX’s brilliant crime drama Justified…which means that my man card is still intact thank you very much. On HBO, Sex and The City featured some of the best writing on TV and created four incredible characters — Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte — with memorable storylines and unforgettable one-liners.

A movie was inevitable. I didn’t have a problem with the first motion picture. It didn’t hold a candle to my beloved The Empire Strikes Back, but it was entertaining enough.

The second movie on the other hand…well…I like to forget that one.

So, with the franchise in the crapper, I’d like to know what makes The CW think that they can revitalize this. Seriously, I’m curious. Either this is one of the most stupid decisions they’ve had or it’s one of the most inspired. Maybe I’m being harsh. One of my new year’s resolutions is to not be so negative in regards to television…so let’s lean towards saying the network felt inspired. Let’s say that The CW actually does have some creative ideas in store. I’d be curious to see what they come up with. Word on the street is that Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte won’t be around in the series since it’s a prequel. As far as I’m concerned, the party didn’t start until Samantha Jones walked into a room, but I do wonder what The CW can come up with. I do like that it’s set in the 80’s. I guess that’s intriguing.

However, this ain’t HBO which means there won’t be much sex in this damn city. Bummer. Maybe this will be a good show to replace the departing Gossip Girl? Who knows? I certainly don’t. As someone that grows tired of seeing unoriginal ideas, I can’t help but feel that this show isn’t going to make it. I just feel that some things should be left in the past.

After all, sex this good can’t last forever.

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Jaylen Christie is a journalist, actor, humorist and devoted advocate of the unappreciated superhero Aquaman. Garnering a William Randolph Hearst award for outstanding editorial writing, Jaylen really enjoys expanding upon a versatile resume. Future aspirations include winning a Pulitzer Prize, and getting his abs as rock-hard as Superman's...or Wonder Woman's. Heck, they're both in shape, right? By day, he's an actor appearing in community theatre productions, and by night, he is a fanatical television junkie with a love of quality programming and fizzy Mountain Dew. Jaylen is also working on a series of comedic novels that will be...EPIC! Stay tuned for details!