CW Eyes ‘Sex & The City’ Prequel Series Shepherded By ‘Gossip Girl’ Producers

EXCLUSIVE: With their sharp fashion sense and busy social life in Manhattan, the young ladies from the CW’s Gossip Girl often evoke Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Now a teen version of Bradshaw herself may be joining the CW’s lineup. I hear that the CW has emerged as the leading candidate for The Carrie Diaries, a TV series project based on Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s recent book about Bradshaw’s high school years. There are no deals in place, and talks are in preliminary stages, but I hear that Warner Bros TV would produce and Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are being courted to shepherd the project through their Warner Bros TV-based Fake Empire banner. Former Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris, who is writing for Gossip Girl this season, will likely pen the adaptation.

Because it previously adapted Bushnell’s Sex and the City into a hugely popular series, HBO has the rights to The Carrie Diaries, a young-adult novel that chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town. But since the book is much younger skewing than HBO’s audience, the pay cable network had been seeking another outlet for the potential series. “Discussions are underway for The Carrie Diaries, Candace Bushnell’s book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, to find a home as a potential television series,” HBO said in a statement.

Because of its position as a Time Warner corporate sibling to HBO and its young female target demographic, the CW, which is co-owned by Warner Bros and CBS, was an obvious choice and is expected to be pitched the show. Another Time Warner company, Warner Bros TV, would produce. Because of their expertise in high school series with The O.C. and Gossip Girl, Schwartz and Savage also are obvious choices to oversee The Carrie Diaries and are expected to executive produce alongside Bushnell. I hear the idea is for new series to be done with a new creative team. Sex and the City creator Darren Star will not be involved, and a representative for Sarah Jessica Parker said that, at least for now, the star and executive producer of the original series is not attached to The Carrie Diaries either. Ditto for Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King, though he is based at Warner Bros TV and could potentially pitch in. However, King recently dismissed any involvement in a Sex and the City prequel. Asked to address the flurry of rumors about a movie prequel based on Bushnell’s novels The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City, King said at TCA, “I’m not working on any Sex and the City prequel at all. I haven’t read Candace’s Bushnell’s books. … My Carrie Bradshaw started at 33 and I took her to 43 — I don’t even want to know who Carrie Bradshaw’s parents are … the idea of going backward, making her less evolved, is something that I can’t even imagine doing.” Ironically, rumored to play Samantha in the movie prequel was none other than Gossip Girl star Blake Lively.

Comments (37)

  • omg finally!

    no wait, this is going to suck dick.

    Comment by mrbigsnewwife — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 7:05pm PDT  
  • I agree with Michael King, don’t even go there.

    Comment by Blair — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 7:15pm PDT  
  • This has potential. Don’t knock it because you are not in it’s demographic. The CW has a hit or miss track record but I think something along these lines has potential

    Comment by Som Tran — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 7:31pm PDT  
  • that’s great!

    Comment by wellsaid — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 7:34pm PDT  
  • Yeah, this is just a bad idea. Nobody wants to see Carrie Bradshaw as a non-New Yorker teen. King hits the nail right on the head with that comment. The only plus is that Blake Lively will most-likely never be involved with this project, if it actually happens.

    The CW should take on that prequel to Gossip Girl they introduced as an idea in 2009, rather than this project. As for Sex and the City, I hope the possibility of the series returning to HBO with a long-awaited season 7 comes true. Sarah Jessica Parker recently stated she would be interested in bringing the show back if Darren Star is game.

    Comment by RecceR — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 7:37pm PDT  
  • This is not the way the CW needs to be going. It sounds something Ostroff would greenlight immediately and last I heard, she’s not there anymore. Really CW! get your act together or you guys won’t have a network by this time next year if the ratings really falter this upcoming season. Dump this idea NOW!

    Comment by Jed — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 7:39pm PDT  
  • that is Michael Patrick King that you hear screaming tonight.

    Comment by ithink — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 7:53pm PDT  
  • Michael Patrick King’s comments suggest not enough Benjamins have been trucked his way yet.

    Comment by casting couch — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 8:09pm PDT  
  • Josh and Stephanie? Yeah this outta be good for 13 episodes before they burn out like they always do.

    Comment by Jonathan — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 8:15pm PDT  
  • While I don’t think this is a good idea by any means, that comment from Michael Patrick King is ridiculous. Was the Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City 2 an “evolved” character? He pretty much ran this franchise into the ground all by himself.

    Comment by Dose of Reality — Tuesday August 16, 2011 @ 8:36pm PDT  
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