The CW’s Sex and the City prequel pilot The Carrie Diaries stars a young Carrie Bradshaw coming of age in the 1980s. When the project was first announced, some readers wondered how it would distinguish itself from Carrie Diaries executive producers’ Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s other CW soap Gossip Girl (romantic prime-time soap, New York City setting, voiceover narration…). CW’s development head Thom Sherman ran down the ways that Carrie Diaries will feel unique from the network’s previous shows.
“The focus is so much on the Carrie Bradshaw’s character and who she was at 16, 17 years old,” Sherman tells EW.com. “We weirdly compare it to Smallville because it’s an origin story — how she started writing, how she came to love Manhattan. Basically how we frame the show is: ‘Carrie at 16 found her first love and it’s not a boy — it’s Man-hattan.’ The other unique aspect is obviously the time period.”
That’s right, the 1980s setting. Asked if the show will be stocked with familiar retro music, Sherman noted Carrie Diaries might have current artists doing takes on ’80s hits instead, though that aspect is still being worked out.
The teen sexuality in the show will also be different than past CW soaps.
“It’s more of an exploration of teen sexuality in a real way,” Sherman said. “Gossip Girl was young people in an adult world. This is young people living in a young world.”