Looks like we’ll never get to really find out what happens to Carrie Bradshaw in those years between high school and her column in The New York Starr as the CW network finally announced they have pulled the pin on the Sex and the City prequel series.
The series which debuted two years ago followed a young Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb) in her teen years, struggling to find a balance between home life, romance and her aspirations of a successful writing career in New York. The show never really reached the ratings highs the network had hoped for nor caught the interest of fans of the original series and most were genuinely surprised when the show was renewed for a second season.
The sad part is, the show was cancelled just as opportunities arose to really develop Carrie’s Manhattan back story with season two closing out with Carrie saying goodbye to home life in Connecticut to embark on a new life in New York.
This Tuesday (Feb 11th) will see FOX8’s The Carrie Diaries season two finale air, and among all the questions that need answering, the biggest question is, will the show be back for a third season? The show, based off the popular Sex and The City, follows a young Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) in the 1980’s, attending high school while trying to make her mark in Manhattan.
Where the first season focused on introducing Carrie, her sister Dorrit, father Tom and her friends and an emerging life in Manhattan working for Interview Magazine, the show’s second season offered up more mature themes including an AIDS scare, unwanted pregnancy, Carrie moving up at Interview magazine and introduced a young Samantha Jones (played to perfection by Lindsay Gort).
Season two felt more like the Sex and the City we knew yet still keeping issues and topics relevant to the younger audience that were watching.
Without giving too much away, the second season finale wraps up a lot of story-lines and characters leaving season three as a blank canvas for Carrie and her life in Manhattan allowing the show to bring in new characters and bring in Sex and the City characters Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbs, but with dwindling ratings in the US, there is talk Carrie may not be back for a third season (the fact we even got a second season still bewilders most).
The Carrie Diaries Season 2 finale airs Tuesday 8:30pm on FOX8
Check out the bits and pieces of interesting news from the world of television below in my TV Roundup!
Renewed: USA network Showtime have renewed thriller Homeland (airing Monday nights on Channel 10) for a fourth season! It’s no surprise with the show creating some of the biggest character and story line talk this year (I’m talking about you Dana Brody) but will be interesting to see who comes back if the rumors that Damien Lewis has been attached to a new show are true or not. Showtime also gave it’s newest drama Masters Of Sex (airing on SBS) an early second season pick-up.
I’m Back!: Jane Hall is coming back to Neighbors! It may only be in a short guest stint and won’t be seen until next year, but we can only imagine why her character Rebecca is returning to Ramsay Street! You’ll remember, she tried to kill her husband Paul Robinson when we saw her last!
Actress Nadia Dajani confirmed with TVNOW this afternoon that she will be back for the second season of FOX8’s The Carrie Diaries as Tom Bradshaw’s girlfriend Deb and will be appearing in three episodes.
Also possibly back – Body Of Proof starring Dana Delaney. The ABC network in America cancelled the medical/police drama earlier this year but may already be regretting it’s decision. New shows Betrayal (which is god awful) and Once Upon a Time– two shows filling the old time-slot, have been rating extremely poorly (making up about half the audience Body Of Proof used to bring to the network). There’s still no official word, or who will actually make the return.
New Aussie Drama: Channel 7 announced it’s 2014 line-up announcing that TV favorite Rebecca Gibney will be making her return to series television after the end of Packed to the Rafters. In a show which feels very similar to that of UK drama The Fall and starring Gillian Anderson, Gibney will be seen in The Killing Field as the head of a special police task force sent to a small country town to investigate a shocking crime. The team must delve into the closed lives of a seemingly quaint hamlet in order to find and outwit a killer.
Channel 7 also announced it has picked up one of my favorite new comedies – The Goldberg’s set for airing next year!
Ratings Hit: It was a massive night for the ABC last night with The Gruen Planet nabbing over one million viewers while Ja’mie: Private School Girl grabbed 925k viewers. Overall, last night showed lower than normal viewing numbers with only three shows hitting that all important one million viewer mark.
On the opposite scale, in America, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D continues to drop in ratings with the latest episode hitting an all time low of 8.6 million viewers.
On Hold: NBC have put comedy Parks and Recreation on hiatus. The show will still air four remaining episodes (in two lots of back-to-back runnings) in November and then returning in Jan 2014. Season six will also see regulars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe both depart the show. Word has it, the hiatus was put in place to try and help bolster ratings for sinking comedy Sean Saves the World.
Spin-Off Mixed Results: ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars’ annual Halloween episode once again drew remarkable ratings and topped as the number one viewed program in key demographics. The episode also made way for the new spin-off Ravenswood which drew mixed reviews from fans. While it rated well, fans took to social media giving mixed opinions of the new show.
After what seemed an eternity and what was also one of the surprise renewals of the year, The Carrie Diaries is finally back for a second season, and we won’t have long to wait to see what Carrie and friends are up to!
It’s the summer of 1985, and, for the first time, 17-year-old Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) can call Manhattan home. After her boyfriend Sebastian (Austin Butler) and best friend Maggie (Katie Findlay) betrayed her, Carrie is happy to accept the offer to spend the summer living in the downtown loft apartment of her Interview magazine boss Larissa (Freema Agyeman). But as summer turns to fall and Carrie heads into her senior year, she and her friends and family discover that letting go of old loves and embracing new dreams comes with some tough new realities but also incredible new opportunities.
This season will also bring us our first glimpse at a young Samantha Jones (Lindsay Gort) “Through a surprising connection, our young Carrie Bradshaw will meet one of the most important people in her life this season in a role made iconic by Kim Cattrall: Samantha Jones, a ballsy, beautiful and sexy young woman from the panhandle of Florida who has made her way — and already a name for herself — in the rock ’n’ roll scene of 1980s NYC.”
Season two premiere of The Carrie Diaries is set to begin Tuesday October 29th at 8.30pm on Fox8
CW network in the US have just announced that The Carrie Diaries‘ is coming back for a second season.
The show, which is a spin-off from iconic Sex and the City and follows a young Carrie Bradshaw in the 80’s experiencing her first taste of the glitzy life of New York City, started off slowly but began to garner higher ratings as the season progressed and actually rates highly via CW online streaming (coming in second to The Vampire Diaries)
Season two is expected to focus more on Carrie and her life working with Interview Magazine in Manhattan while juggling life back home with friends and family.
The CW also announced that Nikita will return for a fourth season.