'The Carrie Diaries' review: Forget about 'Sex and the City' and enjoy The CW's new series

"The Carrie Diaries" is officially a "Sex and the City" prequel, but it works a lot better as a TV show if you can forget that.The CW's new dramedy, premiering at 9 p.m. ET Monday (Jan. 14), follows the 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb, "Soul Surfer") in 1984 as she navigates high school and falls in love, both with the cutest boy at her school and with Manhattan. Through its first three episodes, "The Carrie Diaries" works quite well as a coming-of-age story, thanks in no small part to Robb's winning performance and a pretty solid cast of young actors around her.First-generation fans of "Sex and the City" might find some of Carrie's biographical details out of whack. For starters, she lives with her loving, occasionally overprotective, recently widowed dad (TV veteran Matt Letscher, most recently of "Scandal"), whereas HBO Carrie had a father who abandoned her. (Author Candace Bushnell made that change herself in...



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