Save the teens! Why the CW needs The Carrie Diaries for another season (or two)
It was around this time last year when I made the pitch as to why Hart of Dixie deserved a second season (by the way, it could use a third one if you're listening, CW execs!), so it just feels right that once again, I'm laying down the law on why The Carrie Diaries deserves the same this time around....
Right now, The Carrie Diaries is the only show about kids in high school, teetering along the line between childhood and adulthood. Sure, we can pretend like the gang from Mystic Falls is technically still in school over on TVD, but aside from the occasional decade dance, those kids haven't seen the inside of a classroom in over a year. Based on the current line-up of renewed shows plus the fleet of prospective pilots, the CW may be rebranding as a speciality supernatural channel (which is totally fine); but if it's not, the network needs these kids! They're the closest thing to keeping up with ABC Family's killer teen shows that the CW has! (I'm intentionally ignoring the fact that teens in questions are being played by 20-somethings.)
2) Sebastian Kydd (aka Austin Butler)
The hair, the half smile, the leather jacket. All of us love a bad boy. The CW's always set the bar sky high for misunderstood-but-inevitably-the-best-love-interests-in-the-world (see: Pacey, Dawson's Creek; Jess, Gilmore Girls; and most recently Wade, Hart of Dixie). Additionally, it would be so cruel of the CW to burn Austin Butler twice. The 20-something hottie played a similar part on the short-lived (but quite beloved) Life Unexpected a few years ago. Time to let him have a real go of things.
3) The clothes!
Were the 1980s really that fashionable? No. Be honest. The shoulder pads, the scrunchies, the acid wash...It couldn't have been. But The Carrie Diaries has reimagined and romanticized the fashion of the era, making us not only nostalgic for the clothes, but actually coveting them! And in turn, various apparel companies have helped us channel the look. Want some Carrie Bradshaw-like weekend wear? Look no further than Hard Candy's recently launched clothing line:
Comfortable, cute tops with a little (but not too much) 80s flair?! Yes please!
The world wants to know: what's her deal and how did she meet Taylor Momsen when she exists in the 1980s? ALSO, if this is the prequel to SATC, where did Dorrit go when Carrie Bradshaw became, you know...THE Carrie Bradshaw
5) Real friendships, real issues, real talk.
Gossip Girl and 90210 were long term staples on the CW, but often the bed-hopping and backstabbing set an unrealistic example of good teen fun. Finally we've got a gang of kids in the 'burbs having those hard and oh-so-real conversations about losing their virginity, life ambitions, questioning their sexuality, looking for a balance between school work and first loves. The way they've handled loveable Walt's coming out - with trepidation to just one confidant - was a quiet perfect moment. "I don't know what I am," he told Donna after she revealed that her older brother is gay. We need more of these kinds of conversations and moments on TV. The art of conversation is dying, for pete's sake!
6) Max Medina!
Who better to represent this than Donna LaDonna? It's just too great of a name (and character) to discard so quickly.
8) Did we mention Austin Butler?
Perhaps he should be considered once more for good luck.
9) Shoutouts to Sex and the City lore.
We've officially learned the place in time where Carrie discovered Cosmos and Manolos; now we want more. Will any of the characters we know and love pop up in a teenaged reiteration? Does Walt change his name to Sanford? Will Manhatten spit out a wild child Samantha Jones to spar with Carrie while she interns at Interview? So many potential plotlines!
10) Because this chick has more cracked out Halloween costumes in her future.
Larissa is the closest thing this show will get to future Samantha Jones. And she's Carrie's mentor, maybe? I'm sure she's got an outfit for Cinco de Mayo that's being saved for second season. We NEED to see it.
11) THE MUSIC!!!!!!!!1!ONE!!!!
Violent Femmes, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, The Go-Gos, Footloose, a "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" remix, Madonna covers...the list goes on. Somebody on that show should get a gold star and a trophy and be crowned king (or queen) or the world for a day. It's a great blend of true oldies and revamped oldies. Kids (and those of us who look like adults but are actually secretly still kids) need more of this on a weekly basis.