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More Previews: 'Arrow,' 'Carrie Diaries'

Anyone who knows me knows that I: a) am a big fan of comic books, and b) hate pretty much anything associated with "Sex & The City."

So it was quite the bittersweet day when I got "Arrow" and "The Carrie Diaries" from The CW. (I also have three other discs, which I haven't had the chance to view yet.)

I really can't express the depth of my loathing for "Sex & The City," so to say I had no interest in its upcoming prequel would be an understatement.

Fortunately, my bud Stephanie is a huge fan of the series, so this is her guest posting with her thoughts on the series:

I guess I should start by saying that like many women around the world, I am a huge fan of "Sex and the City." To me, Sarah Jessica Parker will always be the charismatic Carrie Bradshaw -- a woman searching for love while searching for herself in the city that never sleeps. So I wasn't sure what to expect when I started watching the pilot for the new CW series "The Carrie Diaries," which chronicles the early years of Carrie Bradshaw. Could another series, albeit based on books by the same author, really capture the essence of Carrie Bradshaw, and what would a young Carrie be like in high school? Would we want to know her then? I was pleased to discover when watching the pilot that as the 16-year-old Carrie, AnnaSophia Robb brings just as much confidence, fire and wonder to the character so many of us fell in love with from "Sex and the City."



The series starts out as Carrie and her family are grieving the loss of her mother to cancer. The new school year is just beginning and we learn about Carrie's life in high school. She has a group of three close friends, there's the hot new guy at school who every girl drools over but who Carrie has already kissed, and oh yeah, there's her new internship in Manhattan. And while we all wonder about the new guy and whether he and Carrie will get together, the writers also remind us of Carrie's first love -- Manhattan. We see Carrie's first foray into the city as a young woman on her own, and just how important the city will become to her. "Maybe I'd already lost my virginity to a man -- Manhattan," she wonders on the train ride home after her first night out in the city.



I have no idea what to expect from the rest of the series, but I for one can't wait to invite Carrie Bradshaw back into my home each week. It's a little like catching up with the old friend you didn't know how much you missed.

As for "Arrow," I know some fans were disappointed that The CW didn't simply spin off the series from the character introduced in "Smallville," with actor Justin Hartley reprising the role of Oliver Queen, the alter ego of the archer who protects the innocents of Star City.

This time around, it's Stephen Amell who dons the green hood with an origin story that follows most of the classic Green Arrow comic books. The story opens with Oliver, the son of a wealthy industrialist, getting rescued from an island where he's been stranded for years.

Before getting stranded, Oliver was known as a sort of male Paris Hilton party boy, but now he's come up with a plan and alter ego to rid (the renamed) Starling City from corruption.

The viewers are going for a sort of "Batman Begins" vibe, but it's definitely a CW show in its look and feel. Ollie has to contend with his ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance (the crimefighter Black Canary in the comics), who is a lawyer and the daughter of a detective in this incarnation.

For Ollie, there's a question of who he can really trust and why his yacht was sabotaged and his father killed.

Based on press materials, it seems as if "Arrow" will be set in the real world, without super-powered friends showing up, but of course, that remains to be seen. However, other characters from DC Comics look to be making regular appearances.

The pilot of "Arrow" was solid, certainly worthwhile enough to check it out come fall.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: As always, the Olympics continue on NBC.

On cable, ABC Family airs "Melissa & Joey," "Baby Daddy" and "Beverly Hills Nannies" from 8-10 p.m., while USA has new episodes of "Royal Pains" and "Necessary Roughness" from 9-11 p.m. TNT winds down the first season of "Dallas" at 9 p.m.

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