The first season of The Carries Diaries was a mixed bag. A great lead performance from AnnaSophia Robb (as the teenage Carrie Bradshaw) was let down by distractingly inaccurate period detail and pretty stolid dialogue (strange for a spin-off based on a show known for its pithy one-liners). Without the serrated edges, Sex And The City re-imagined for a teen audience was a difficult proposition. As Emily Nussbaum recently wrote in her New Yorker piece “Carrie and her friends…were…jagged, aggressive, and sometimes frightening figures, like a makeup mirror lit up in neon.” For teen Carrie Bradshaw and her high school pals, not so much.
Still, it built up a good fan base (despite Sarah Jessica Parker’s reservations – she, rather perceptively, called it an “odd” proposition) and Season Two is on its way. We are, it has to be said, pretty excited by the reveal of Lindsey Gort as the young Samantha Jones. Mainly because the introduction of this beloved bad girl will, we hope, bring some much needed grit to the show. Executive Producer Amy B.Harris added fuel to that fire when she commented that Lindsey was “funny and sexy with a whiff of vulnerability and an amazing dash of outrageousness.” Even Kim Cattrall Tweeted; “so happy u’re playing Fearless Sam! The key 2 her is her heart. She never judges those she loves. Have a blast!”
So will Lindsey bring that much needed ooph to the show? Let’s hope so. In her book Candace Bushnell describes the character as “a ballsy, beautiful and sexy young women from the panhandle of Florida who has made her way- and already a name of herself- in the rock ‘n’ roll scene of 1980s NYC”. And as you can see from Lindsey-as-Samantha's styling, she looks like she could have starred in a hair metal video from the likes of Whitesnake or Poison. Let’s hope she brings that rebellious streak to the second series of The Carrie Diaries.