‘The Carrie Diaries’ New Trailer: Carrie Bradshaw’s Manhattan Love Affair Begins (VIDEO)

By: Crystal Bell / December 18, 2012

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AnnaSophia Robb and Austin Butler go crazy for the '80s.
Goodbye Gossip Girl, hello Carrie Bradshaw!

The CW’s Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries  is one of the most anticipated midseason shows. And judging from this newly released trailer — which premiered during Monday night’s Gossip Girl series finale — it won’t disappoint. The series follows Carrie, played by AnnaSophia Robb, in 1984 as she falls in love for the first time with Manhattan.

The ’80s-inspired trailer introduces us to Carrie’s high school friends — Maggie (Katie Findlay), Mouse (Ellen Wong) and Walt (Brendan Dooling) — and her first serious love interest Sebastian (Austin Butler). Carrie’s free-spirited fashion editor mentor Larissa (Freema Agyeman) also makes her debut.

And if you’re wondering where Carrie’s BFFs — Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte — are, The Carrie Diaries takes place before the fab 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 in October. “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 January 14, 2013 at 8PM on The CW.

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