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Carrie Bradshaw goes to high school while Hannibal Lecter works with a detective in new prequels

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Courtesy of HBO
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Courtesy of Gaumont Intl. Television

Sex and the City. It’s the gift that keeps on giving…sort of. The series officially ended back in 2004 but, after six seasons, two movies and syndication deals on multiple networks, it’s almost as if the series had never left.

With the box office disaster that was Sex and the City 2, I thought the franchise would finally be done for. But now, thanks to The CW, we'll be able to endure more of Sex and the City with a recently announced prequel series. Deadline reports that the CW has given the greenlight to produce The Carrie Diaries, a book written by Sex and the City author, Candace Bushnell that centers on Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years. Executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Gossip Girl will produce the new show.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV Studios has negotiated a rights deal with HBO which will allow the writers of The Carrie Diaries to pull from the original series and include characters, traits and developments that were introduced throughout the six seasons resulting in references and throwbacks to the original series sure to please even the most diehard of SATC fans. I’ve never personally gotten into the original, but I can only assume this bit of news would count as a silver lining to fans who don’t want this prequel to happen. Still, the question still remains—does anyone even care about Sex and the City anymore?

No word on whether or not Darren Starr, the executive producer of Sex and the City, or Sarah Jessica Parker are attached to the prequel just yet, but I have a feeling they won’t be. 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, Variety reports that Gaumont Intl. Television, a division of major French studio Gaumont, will be producing Hannibal, a  thirteen episode, one-hour drama series, written by Bryan Fuller (Heroes) who will be executive producing the series with Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal Rising​). Per Variety, “the drama will focus on the early relationship between Dr. Hannibal Lecter and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.” The show is currently at script stage.

The Hannibal franchise has spawned 5 films by way of sequels, prequels and sequels to the prequels, but some argue that the subsequent films have tarnished the franchise and don’t hold up to the classic that is The Silence of the Lambs.  Still, just because it’s being written, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will see the light of day. We’ll just have to see if viewers will want to learn even more about Hannibal Lector before he went all “Hello, Clarice.” 

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