I had to wonder:
Was The Carrie Diaries turning into The Day-Glo Teenage Prostitute Chronicles?
Samantha Jones will show up on season two of The Carrie Diaries, which ought to be interesting, because do they have the actress study Kim Cattrall’s work? Will it be a new interpretation, or an echo, and will either one ever work? If she imitates Kim, it might feel too forced, but if she’s totally different then having her be Samantha Jones might seem pointless. It’s a tough line to walk and I don’t envy the actress nor the producers who are trying to figure it all out.
But here she is:
Let’s start with Carrie: Those shoes feel a bit more “now” than mid-80s, as does the sheer blouse and bra, but I admit, I wasn’t paying the closest heed back then because all I wanted was for George Michael to be my boyfriend so OBVIOUSLY my attention to detail was not the best. It’s tough to make the show appealing to These Kids Today without making the costuming a joke, but then why bother making it an ’80s show? Why not just call it a reimagining of sorts and set it now?
As for Samantha, she would totally wear that awful lace balloon of a jumpsuit, then OR now. I have no faith that Kim Cattrall’s sophisticate would resist the trend. And that’s another interesting point of discussion: If Samantha in the ’80s is exactly like who Samantha became when we met her in Sex and the City, is that as interesting? Do we want it to be a new take so that we can imagine what made her grow into the woman we know?
In short, can this work, or is it as much a no-win situation as her outfit?
[Photo: Bauer Griffin]
It’s too bad more of the culprits aren’t being revealed on the broadcasts, but they may be, in time, as the numbers decrease and there is a hotter spotlight on a smaller number of people who can’t hide behind the fuss others create. Aaryn was the first HoH of the foul crew, for example, so she is (deservedly) the current poster child for all that’s gone rotten in the house, while equally icky people fly under the radar because Aaryn is a louder, larger target. And in her mean-girl ignorant awfulness, Aaryn is so APPALLINGLY unremorseful (“I wish I cared about this more, but I don’t,” she said to someone who was trying to clue her in to her racism) that she actually pulled one of those “I am sorry you reacted the way you did to my comments” pseudo-apologies where it puts the blame on the person to whom she’s supposedly apologizing. And the targeted contestants are being so classy and restrained and articulate — in ways Aaryn could never hope to be– as they struggle to balance being in a game with surviving Mean Girl Boot Camp. Regardless of what kind of edit some of the other culprits are getting because they can skate by in the shadows, I hope what’s on the air is illuminating for those like Aaryn, and that it enlightens anyone watching the show who currently shares her unfortunate, damaging, backward views as expressed by her on the show and in the feeds.
In other words, YUCK, ya’ll, but we’re here now, so let’s hope something positive comes out of it.
Also, Julie Chen looks nutballs. The end.
As I idly surfed through pictures from the Glamour Women of the Year event and finished an impromptu live-tweeting of Mannequin, I flipped on Jimmy Kimmel and found this, and did a double-take.
First, it is not a good idea to let your guest sit in such a way, with such a hair curtain, that this camera angle is rendered useless. Amy Adams has nice hair, but people don’t often tune in to a talk show to see people’s hair getting chatty. Unless the hair is on Connie Britton’s head. And even then, at some point it feels like she’s ignoring the camera, and by extension me, and I WILL NOT BE DENIED.
Second, THAT OUTFIT.
It’s bra straps and a lace Chaplin. I’m sure Charlie appreciates being paid homage by someone’s chest, but is that really worth walking around like a giant strap-on mustache?