The season finale of The Carrie Diaries airs tonight, and anyone who has read my previous posts about the series knows this was one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2012-2013 TV season for me. I wasn’t into Sex And The City at all — though now I’m a little bit curious — but something about this CW series really worked for me. So, of course, it’s on the bubble, and I sincerely hope they get a Season 2.
Warning: Some possibly-minor SPOILER discussion about the season finale, which airs tonight at 8PM on The CW, will be within.
The CW made the season finale available after a press screening a few weeks ago, and I have to say, as a fan of the show, I’m satisfied; but as a fan of good TV, I’m not. Why? Because I left the finale wanting more already. So much comes out – lies are unraveled, characters grow, others end up in new places – that I’d feel it would be a bit of a cheat not to get more. Don’t get me wrong… it’s a perfect capper to a strong first season, but I’d be sad if this is the last we see of Carrie, Mouse, Maggie, Walt, etc. on TV, without getting to see their eventual fates.
If The Carrie Diaries continues, I can see a time where certain characters will inevitably be phased out. They’re not in Sex And The City, but beyond that, eventually Carrie is going to leave Castlebury and it’s a good chance that maybe only one friend would go there with her to New York. As much as I’d miss those characters in a transition, I want to see that story being told. A show like Smallville was, of course, about Clark Kent becoming Superman. The Carrie Diaries isn’t just about Carrie Bradshaw becoming the Carrie we know in the future; it has also become about the other characters, and their fates. Where did they go? What did they do? Will Mouse’s parents be okay with wherever she ends up after college? Why doesn’t future Samantha mention or see Dorrit? Will Walt and Bennett finally get together? When is Larissa going to go off with the Doctor through time and space? Things like that are questions I want answers for, and I think those things are just as important to this show’s journey as Carrie’s story is.
A lot of these things come to a head in the season finale, which would springboard a nice run of summertime episodes if the series should come back.
I doubt Mark Pedowitz or any CW executives are reading this, but I’m going to lay out my reasons for wanting a second season. Announcements will be made in mid-May, and I’m really hoping that Carrie is on that schedule. Here are a few reasons:
1. The cast and the characters. The Carrie Diaries cast is not only diverse, but they’re all likeable AND they don’t look like 30-year-olds playing teenagers. AnnaSophia Robb is, of course, fantastic as the introspective and often neurotic Carrie, and again, the people around her also do very well in their roles. As I pointed out, there are so many good characters, and you’re bound to find one you can identify with, whether you’re the aspiring writer with big city dreams, the “bad boy” who might not be so bad, the girl with the big heart who thinks no one loves her, the girl who lost her hero, the girl whose parents put on extreme pressures to overachieve, or the person coming to terms with who they are. I guess the finale can add “guy who tries working out at a new gym” to the mix, as well.
In short, this show has a mix that is sometimes hard to find in television; it’s just a matter of that TV audience discovering it. This is also a very good looking cast, which can’t hurt in the marketing department.
2. The Eighties. I know this is lost on most of the show’s target audience, but for someone like me who was between the ages of 2-12 in the 1980’s, it’s always a treat to see references like Trivial Pursuit within. Come on; this show needs to last at least long enough for the Very Special Episode where Walt gets addicted to the Golden Girls.
3. Would The CW go ALL genre TV next year? The only non-genre show that might be back for The CW next year is Hart Of Dixie. In development, The CW has Blink and Company Town, and neither of those sound all that exciting. Although Carrie has had an 0.4-0.5 in the ratings many weeks, it’s at least a consistent 0.4-0.5 at a time when other shows are ranking lower. And again, the right exposure might get more people into the show before Season 2, so ratings for another year might be higher.
I’m expecting at least one non-genre TV night on The CW next year, and a Hart of Dixie/Carrie Diaries pairing might pull that off.
4. I want a CD soundtrack. This show has fantastic music, often covers of classic 80’s hits. The Carrie Diaries needs to last long enough that I get a soundtrack CD.
5. Good writing. I’ve seen showrunner Amy B. Harris talking about the show in person twice now, and it’s obvious she loves the show and truly cares about the characters. This isn’t just a job to her. The care that goes into every episode makes me think the rest of the staff might feel the same way. If the show is clicking for people who work on it, who truly believe in what they’re doing, then it should click for a potential audience.
6. It’s not just a “girlie show.” That was my worry going in, but this is a show that has elements that should appeal to everyone — male or female, gay or straight.
Those are my reasons for wanting a second season. You all can also help me make my case, especially if you have a Nielsen ratings box, by being sure to tune in tonight at 8PM on The CW. It’s a really good episode, with some surprises and a lot of great setup for a second year if there should be one. Here are some pics. Oh, and one thing I will spoil: Maggie’s reaction when she finds out about Walt scared me. Such intensity in a realistically done scene. You’ll see for yourself, right? Then how about this: A major Sex And The City shoutout that even *I* got is within, so keep your eyes open! But for me, yes… if I could have the magic power to renew just one more show for the 2013-2014 TV season… this would be it. Don’t disappoint me, TV gods.
THE CARRIE DIARIES
The Carrie Diaries -- Ã¢â¬ÅKiss Yesterday GoodbyeÃ¢â¬Â -- Pictured (L-R): Jake Robinson as Bennet, Freema Agyeman as Larissa, and Brendan Dooling as WaltÃ¢â¬” Image Number: CD113a_0200b.jpg Ã¢â¬” Photo: Patrick Harbron/The CW -- © 2013 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.