A few weeks before the premiere of The Carrie Diaries on The CW, The Observer drove to Connecticut to meet the “real Carrie Bradshaw,” who now lives by herself on a small farm with two large poodles.
Candace Bushnell is not an easy woman to find. After several wrong turns on a chilly, overcast Tuesday, we found ourselves driving up a small dirt road in the middle of nowhere (technically, Roxbury, Conn.). A sharp right, and we were in the gravel driveway of what appeared to be a steeply pitched farmhouse. In a puffy blue parka, bomber hat yanked over her ears, the slight blond figure bounded down the steps of the barn, calling away her dogs and exhorting us to park somewhere else so she could get her car out. She seemed so unnerved by our arrival that we weren’t even sure she was the woman behind the cultural juggernaut Sex and the City.
The Carrie Diaries, the struggling-upward-teen-in-New-York Sex and the City prequel, is taking the Monday 8 p.m. time slot of the wealthy-teens-in-New-York soap Gossip Girl, once that show goes off-air at the end of the year.
Diaries and its time slot predecessor share executive producers in the form of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, but hopefully the new show Read More
“Skins” might be a bad example for kids to follow with all its cool-looking sex and drugs, but The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” is taking even more of a direct route in killing the innocence of The Youngs. Right now, there is a billboard in Times Square that instructs onlookers to “Catch VD.” Yes, there Read More
Another day, another TCA press tour to translate. This time it’s Dawn Ostroff, the head of The CW which features such soapy teen staples as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries.
On the low ratings for The CW programs
Ostroff says: “The days of waking up and looking at the overnight ratings are Read More
In the opening sequence of Fly Girls, a half-hour reality series premiering later this month on the CW, five Virgin America flight attendants are shown buttoning up white blouses, slipping on pencil skirts and tying ascots to the tune of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok.” A coquettish voice-over begins: “We jet to the most beautiful places in Read More
If there is a silver lining to be found in the end of the summertime—not counting the ever-increasing likelihood that we’ll all get the swine flu—it’s that we are on the precipice of the fall television season. Thank goodness. In an effort to get you and your DVR prepared, here’s The Observer’s fall Read More
You have to give CBS credit: As a network, they consistently avoid taking chances, instead relying on well-worn formulas and solid branding to create successful shows. So it wasn’t very surprising to find that the fall schedule unveiled at their upfront presentation yesterday was decidedly pedestrian. The big moves—How I Met Your Mother shifts Read More
Apparently The CW believes absence truly does make the heart grow fonder. After keeping Gossip Girl off the air for six weeks and watching it return with season low ratings, the network has done the same thing to their freshman non-hit, 90210, and is hoping for better results. The fledgling teen soap returns tonight at Read More
Rumors of The CW’s demise have been slightly exaggerated. While the network is still on shaky ground, they were happy to announce last night that the incredibly hyped and hypnotically mediocre 90210 has been picked up for a full-season order. Despite losing nearly thirty-percent of its record series premiere audience, 90210 has held Read More
We were never the biggest 90210 fans. It always seemed too melodramatic and overly serious; as the years have passed on, it’s faded in our memory to blurry fragments from a time when Aaron Spelling ruled the earth–the theme song, the pastels, the awful opening credits and the crush we had on Shannen Doherty (we’ve Read More