'The Carrie Diaries' Preview: Carrie Bradshaw Begins Her Manhattan Love Story (VIDEO)

Before Mr. Big, There was another Man... Manhattan.
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Before Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw fell in love with another man -- Manhattan.

The CW’s new show The Carrie Diaries — a prequel to HBO’s Sex and the City —  follows Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb, as she falls for Manhattan and begins her love affair with New York City. 

And judging from this newly released Season 1 preview, The Carrie Diaries has the makings of a hit. Set in 1984 Connecticut, the series follows 17-year-old Carrie as she scores an internship in the Big Apple and learns how to balance school, family, friends and love. Yes, before Big, there was blond-haired bad boy Sebastian (Austin Butler).

And if you’re wondering where Carrie’s BFFs — Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte — are, The Carrie Diaries takes place before the fierce foursome even met.

“We didn’t want to do the Baby Muppets syndrome — ‘Oh it’s baby Samantha! It’s baby Miranda!’” executive producer Amy B. Harris said at the New York premiere of the series on Monday. “There would never be a Charlotte, because everyone’s been a Charlotte until they’ve had their heart broken three times.”

“These are all characters that are different than the Sex and the City characters,” she continued. “Those archetypes are still there. You can see how she became friends with Miranda and Samantha.”

The Carrie Diaries premieres in January 2013 on The CW.

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