A first look at ”The Carrie Diaries”

The new series doesn’t start until January, but the copies of the pilot episode began circulating this week among reporters.

The first episode shows Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb in the role that Sarah Jessica Parker originated), a teenager living in suburban Connecticut, discovering the Big Apple.

She is on the cusp of finding that questioning voice that will serve her so well later in life.

Based on Candace Bushnell’s young adult book of the same name, the hour-long drama — instead of the original half-hour comedy format — picks up three months after Carrie’s mother has died from cancer, leaving behind responsible Carrie, rebellious younger sister Dorrit (Stefania Owen) and nice-guy dad, Tom (Matt Letscher)

The action is split between Carrie’s high school life and the Wall Street law-firm internship Carrie’s father sets up in an effort to help her get past her mother’s death.