Sex and the City prequel: too much of an okay thing

Over the years, “Sex and the City” has gone from racy and cutting edge to over-syndicated and overrated. When it first came out in 1998 it was a pioneer show – a gritty take on women’s sexuality. Now? Everyone is talking about women and sex. The show has become outdated – the puns are bad, the clothes are bad, and the over-sexualization of the characters has become a joke.

I still watch the show from time-to-time seeing as it plays back-to-back everyday on E! but it’s purely a “nothing else on TV” go-to. When the movies came out, I saw them since I had unconsciously watched every episode. My conclusion: just let it go, you can’t milk anymore out of this. Movie 1 was already a stretch; movie 2 was just denial.

But I guess I was wrong. Since they can’t really move any further with the series, they are moving backwards. Say hello to a “Sex and the City” prequel. The show, based on “The Carrie Diaries” by Candace Bushnell, will give us an inside look into Carrie’s senior year of high school before she moved to the city. And Samantha will be in it too (since when are Carrie and Samantha childhood friends?) I foresee exaggerated 80s fashion and bad casting. But I am curious to see if Carrie’s fixation with puns stems back to her teen years.

And guess what channel you can catch it on – the CW. Shocker! The CW airing a show about glamorous teen girls talking about sex? Oh and wait, in a daring and original move, the show will be produced by the producers of “Gossip Girl.”

Anyway, aside from the been-there done-that factor, the show is going to be dumb because the whole allure of Carrie is that she’s a semi-tough, semi-romantic city woman. Turning her into a swooning teenager in the suburbs is just going to what little appeal she has.

“Neither ‘SATC’ star Sarah Jessica Parker, nor series creator Darren Star, is attached to the prequel project so far, and former showrunner Michael Patrick King has already shot down in flames speculation that he might get involved.
‘My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33, and I took her to 43,’ said King. ‘For me, the idea of going backwards and making her less evolved … is something that I don’t even imagine doing.'”AOL TV

Exactly. What’s the point in de-volving Carrie? In her prime, she was supposed to be a symbol for the modern-day woman’s struggle of wanting to be independent and self-realized while still finding real love. So what does she represent as a teenager? I guess those Gossip Girl people will have to show us.


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