By Nathaniel Grey
Lots of news for Sex and the City fans. The CW's series prequel called The Carrie Diaries begins on Jan. 14. Soul Surfer's AnnaSophia Robb portrays the young fashionista Carrie Bradshaw in high school during the '80s. The series is executive produced and written by Sex and the City co-creator Candace Bushnell.
Co-creator Darren Starr is developing and will direct a bio film on former beauty queen and homophobe Anita Bryant. Called simply Anita, the picture will detail Bryant's rise to fame in the 1970s due to her support of laws that prevented equal rights for gay people. You might even call her the Sarah Palin of her time.
Former series star Cynthia Nixon has the lead in A Quiet Passion, director Terence Davies' bio film on American poet Emily Dickinson. Series star Sarah Jessica Parker joins Brendan Fraser and Eva Longoria in the romantic comedy Married and Cheating. Directed by Raymond DeFelitta, son of novelist Frank, the story examines a series of infidelities among three couples over a long weekend in the Big Apple and the City of Lights.
Fans heading to San Francisco mid-month or later will want to check out the drag queen cast production of Sex and the City Live at the Rebel on Market at Octavia. The show runs every Wednesday starting Jan. 16 and features such gender-benders as Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, Lady Bear, Trixxie Carr, Leigh Crow, Cookie Dough, Jordan Wheeler and more! But who's playing Mr. Big?
True Blood creator Alan Ball's new series Banshee is unveiled by Cinemax on Jan. 11. The drama follows an ex-con running from gangsters who settles in the town of Banshee, Penn., and assumes the identity of the town sheriff. The cast includes Star Trek's Ben Cross, Third Watch vet Anthony Ruivivar and Justified's Demetrius Grosse,
Cyndi Lauper ads 'reality star' to her résumé with the Jan. 12 premiere of the WeTV reality series Still So Unusual. Finally, we may find out what "She Bop" actually means. The first episode will feature Cyndi performing on The Voice and having lunch with Kathy Griffin.
Jodie Foster receives the Cecil B. deMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Jan. 13 Golden Globe Awards. Foster is currently directing the film Money Monster, which is not about Donald Trump. The project looks at a TV financial advisor who's taken hostage by a man who's lost everything from a bad tip and insists the Wall Street guru get his funds back.
If you watch the Golden Globes, don't forget to record the season premieres of Shameless, House of Lies and Californication over on Showtime. The new season of Shameless will feature a battle of will and influence over gay son Ian, played by the addictive Cameron Monaghan, between his paroled hook-up buddy played by Noel Fisher and his new sugar daddy played by Harry Hamlin.
Also on Jan. 13, HBO starts new seasons of Girls and Enlightened. Girls begins three weeks after the events that ended the first season, as we find The New Normal's Andrew Rannells' Elijah rooming with Lena Dunham's character Hannah. Though Elijah came out last season, he's still questioning his sexuality. Really. Has he seen himself on that other show? Over on the National Geographic Channel, season two of Wicked Tuna begins. If you've never seen the show, be forewarned, it's about fishing off the New England coast and not a lesbian bar.
SyFy begins a new season of Being Human and premieres the series Continuum on Jan. 14. The latter series can be best described as a revamp of the 1994 movie Time Cop, in which a detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in modern-day Vancouver hunting down criminals from her time. The show features Alias vet Rachel Nichols, Castle's Victor Webster, Arrow's Roger R. Cross plus Stargate SG-1 vets Tony Amendola and Lexa Doig.