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Sarah Jessica Parker Needs to Get Over ‘The Carrie Diaries’, Says ‘Sex and the City’ Writer Candace Bushnell

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Sarah Jessica Parker hasn’t been shy about her dismay over the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. While she doesn’t mind the young actress who plays a younger version of her famous Carrie Bradshaw character, AnnaSophia Robb, she just seems rather perplexed about why such a show was necessary in the first place. I’m sorta with her on that, in theory, but the show – what little I’ve seen of it, anyway – is kind of fun in a really mindless way.

In any case, Sex and the City writer/creator Candace Bushnell has hit back at SJP, basically telling her to get over it and that she had no future with the series herself, anyway, since she’s 47 now. Ohhhh, snap.

From The Daily Beast:

“The reality is, that’s showbiz. Sarah Jessica’s first part was somebody else’s part. She played Annie on Broadway. She understands how these things work.

Look, Sarah Jessica Parker is 47. I think with the second movie, Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t be an ingenue anymore. But I think they were stuck doing what the audience wanted. Realistically, a middle-aged woman who was married without children would be much more focused on her career and less focused on this Mr. Big: “Does he love me?” … “Does he still not love me?” I mean, I think it was coming to the end of what they could do with the character.”

I mean, true that and all. No one cares about any of that shit anymore. Sex and the City was great for its time and was really great and all, but there’s such a thing as ending on a high note. The Carrie Diaries really was the only chance to make the show appeal to a new generation – because let’s face it, it’s really for 13-year-olds and they’re a bit young for the real, adult deal (which hopefully they’ll watch anyway out of interest as they get older). I do understand SJP’s going to feel territorial, but Candace is right – that’s showbiz, kids!

Sarah Jessica Parker Says “No Thanks” to a ‘Carrie Diaries’ Appearance

Listen, don’t act like you didn’t watch and love Sex and the City back in its heyday. The terrible puns, the over-the-top storylines, Big… ah, it was great in its heyday. Then the movies came around and sort of ruined everything, but whatever. Since the show’s stars don’t really want a Sex and the City 3: F-cking Our Way to the Retirement Home, someone got the bright idea to make a prequel – because we all care about Carrie Bradshaw as a teenaged harpy – and bring it to the world’s classiest TV network, The CW.

The Carrie Diaries seems like it’d be terrible in every way possible, and it is, but also… it’s not? It’s embarrassingly kinda good, if you look at it as a totally different entity from the original show. AnnaSophia Robb plays a young Carrie and has all the cloying ugh-ness that the adult Carrie does, so at least it’s true to the character. You might think Sarah Jessica Parker would be thrilled to make an appearance on The Carrie Diaries as… something. In a flash-forward scene or something? Anyway, think no further: she’s not feeling it.

From The National Enquirer:

“Sarah doesn’t need the money and wasn’t sure appearing on the show would be the right career move,” an insider told National Enquirer. “It would be like taking a step backward. So she’s said goodbye to Carrie forever. Plus, who wants to be compared to a teenager?”

The Carrie Diaries has already hit screens in America and AnnaSophie admits she felt nervous when the day dawned.

She was even concerned about what Sarah Jessica would make of the show, which made a move by the older actress even sweeter for the young star.

“[Sarah Jessica Parker] sent me a very lovely note just kind of giving me her blessing and encouraging me and telling me how excited she was and how dear the part was to her, and so that was huge for me because, you know, I was obviously nervous,” AnnaSophia recently explained. “I was, like, ‘Is this OK?’ And so it just meant a lot to be able to have her blessing.”

I like picturing Sarah Jessica Parker as a saint who walks around blessing people and things she approves of and tapping them with a bejeweled Alexander McQueen scepter or something. Can’t say I blame her on this one.