Carrie Bradshaw is about to meet an outrageous lifelong friend.
The Carrie Diaries will add the character of Samantha Jones — played by Kim Cattrall in HBO’s Sex and the City — in its recently announced second season.
“I’m really, really excited,” star AnnaSophia Robb told TVLine at The CW’s upfront presentation in New York on Thursday. ”I had to keep it a secret, but I think it’s going to be so much fun. I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes.”
The network previewed that we’ll see the two women, who grow up to delve deep into New York’s eligible bachelor (and in one case, bachelorette) pool, meet; turns out, Samantha is cousin to mean girl Donna LaDonna.
The role has not yet been cast.
Samantha is the ’80s-set prequel series’ second call-out to the stiletto-heeled original: Carrie‘s first season finale name-checked Stanford Blatch (who we know becomes Carrie’s gay bestie) as Bennet’s club-promoter roommate.
Division may be dead, but Nikita is not: The CW has renewed the spy thriller for a shortened fourth (and likely final) season. The Carrie Diaries, meanwhile, has been greenlit for a second season.
The Maggie Q-star vehicle and the Sex and the City prequel join the network’s previously picked up series The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Hart of Dixie, Arrow and Beauty and the Beast for the 2013-14 season.
Exact episode counts for both shows will be announced next week at the CW’s fall “upfront” presentation in New York, but Nikita boss Craig Silverstein confirmed on Twitter that the show received a short order (we’re hearing just six episodes).
Even though Walt dumped Maggie and kicked off an unbelievable relationship with resident bad girl Donna — she’s his beard — The Carrie Diaries will finally jump-start Walt’s (Brendan Dooling) journey to discovering his true sexuality during Monday’s episode of The CW series.
“Starting in [Monday's episode] through the finale of the first season, we’re really going to see Walt’s journey take off,” executive producer Amy B. Harris tells TVGuide.com. “I didn’t want it to be an easy journey for him. … This episode really kicks that off in a big and surprising way.”
Previously, Walt befriended Larissa’s (Freeman Agyeman) colleague Bennett (Jake Robinson), who actually kissed him earlier this season during a party in the city. But Walt rebuffed his true feelings and decided to continue his relationship with Maggie (Katie Findlay) instead. After learning that Maggie had been cheating on him, however, Walt found comfort in a surprising place with Donna (Chloe Bridges), who will help him come to new conclusions much quicker than he could’ve if he stayed with Maggie.
“What was so compelling about being able to tell this story in 1984 is that nobody was coming out in high school,” she says. “When I wrote the pilot, I actually thought I would have him come out a lot faster, but then when I watched the pilot, I realized that the time frame it’s in, it’s a very difficult thing. Even now, it can be really hard to come out, and I wanted that experience to be real for Walt, which is painful and scary.”
Walt will actually find help in that department from Bennett, who will come back into his life very soon. “I loved the feeling of seeing a gay character that is not necessarily stereotypically gay who has found his fabulosity,” Harris says of Walt. “He’s still just a regular kid. I like the idea that he will have a crush on a man, which is a little bit of a differentiation. ‘The person I see myself romantically with is a guy.’ I want to pursue that for him this season in having to come to terms with that emotional place, versus the physical, which will be scary.”
The Carrie Diaries airs Monday at 8/7c on The CW.
It’s Carrie Bradshaw vs. Carrie Bradshaw!
In a recent interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, the original Carrie Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t have anything nice to say about the CW’s new Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries. In particular Parker seems a bit protective of the character she played for 6 season on HBO and in two big-screen movies.
When asked what she thought about AnnaSophia Robb’s teenage version of Carrie, Parker said, “I’m not sure… You know, I think it’s one of those tests of your generosity. She is a lovely girl and I want her to feel good about it, but it’s… odd.”
While Robb has stayed silent about Parker’s remarks, she might want to heed one piece of the actress’ advice about taking care of her feet.
“For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off,” Parker said. “The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost. It’s sad, because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, ‘You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop — and don’t put cheap shoes on us?’”
How do you think Robb’s performance measures up to Parker’s