I have been going about trying to get rich all the wrong way and judging from my Golden Globe award post (the one where I didn’t see a lot of the shows because I don’t have the pay channels on cable), I have not been very successful. I saw a commercial for a new show today that woke me up to my failures and forced me to rethink my decisions. The commercial I saw was for the upcoming premiere of The Carrie Diaries on The CW. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you have probably not heard of this show or seen commercials for it so let me fill you in on the details.
The Carrie Diaries is a prequel to Sex and the City. I know I know. Most of the time prequels are about things that people are actually interested in or that they care about but not in this case. For some reason executives at The CW decided that America was dying to know just where sassy Carrie Bradshaw developed all that sass from. Well, if you watch this show, you are going to get the answers to all those long-help questions you thought would go unanswered for the rest of your life.
The Carrie Diaries picks up on young Carrie Bradshaw in 1984 still living in Connecticut (what!!!! She is such a New York girl. Get out! You mean she didn’t grow up in New York? Well the twists are already starting) with her sister and her father. Carries mom has just died and apparently her dad can’t handle raising two teenage girls on his own. Here’s a direct quote from the CW on that: “their father Tom is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own.” What show aimed at women would be complete without an idiot dad or male character? The CW knows how to play to their audience that’s for sure.
So you are shocked that Carrie is living in CT and you are probably wonder “but how does Carrie get to NYC to obsess about shoes and meet Mr. Big?” Fear not. We learn from the prequel that 16 year old Carrie is offered a chance to intern at a Manhattan law firm. This is where I started to question what I’ve been doing to try to get rich. If a premise like this can make it on TV, then why am I working so hard? I mean really. I know this show isn’t aimed at me, but aren’t the people who the show is aimed at offended at all? Who in their right mind believes that a 16 year old is going to be interning for a Manhattan law firm? My guess is that she will be put on some very important cases too and somehow will be there to show what a young and powerful woman she is and she will no doubt save the day several times thus earning the respect and admiration of the educated, trained, experienced, and adult attorneys who have managed to get a job at a Manhattan law firm.
Here is the trailer for the show (fair warning, it’s 3 minutes long. I can’t be responsible for what you might do to yourself or others if you actually sit through the entire trailer):
The premise of this show made me realize that my goal should not be to work hard and seek opportunity to get rich. No. My goal should be to immediately start writing a show aimed at women. There are several networks I can shop this new show to that I’m sure would be more than happy to put the show on the air. The plan is really all too simple and I’m upset at myself for not thinking of it sooner.
One idea I have right now is about a modeling agency that also does private investigation work on the side using their cover as world-famous fashion models to get information that others just wouldn’t be able to get. The show would follow 4 women (which is the magic number of women groups because then I can have each of the 4 women represent a standard archetype) who travel the world solving crime and solving fashion emergencies around the globe. Will the women ever find love? I don’t know. It’s so complicated for them because they are so beautiful and strong that most men just can’t handle them. They need to find a man that understands them and will allow them to be who they are but mind you, they don’t need a man to save them, no way. I really don’t see how my show can miss and if The Carrie Diaries can get on TV, then surely there is room for F.I.: Fashion Investigations.
I’d love to get some help with my new show. I’ve got 4 women. What I’d love to know is, what should their names be, what archetype should they represent, and what is their special modeling skill and their secret spy skill? Leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to get this show written by the end of the weekend so I can get it on The CW by the end of next week (that’s how fast I imagine their show development process goes based on what I’ve seen on The CW).
For those interested, The Carrie Diaries airs on The CW Mondays at 7:00.