'The Carrie Diaries' Tackles HIV/AIDS Crisis In The 1980's
The CW's The Carrie Diaries jumps into new territory tonight as the 1980's-set Sex and The City prequel tackles the HIV/AIDS crisis, specifically through the eye's of one of the series' central characters, Walt Reynolds, Carrie's high school best friend who's also gay.
This isn't all Manolos and Cosmos anymore, kids.
GLAAD's Max Gouttebroze spoke with The Carrie Diaries executive producer Amy Harris about the subject matter and how it will affect the worldview of Ms. Bradshaw and company!
Tonight's episode, "Date Expectations" addresses the AIDS crisis head on, which devastated New York's gay community in the 80s. Why did you decide to bring this issue into the show's world at this point, and will it be addressed in any future episodes?
AH: Last season we really thought we were telling the story of a kid coming out and we wanted to really do that story justice and give it the time and energy it needed. Obviously the 80s was a time when the gay community was being decimated by the AIDS epidemic. It felt to me that once Walt was finally becoming comfortable with his sexuality and was falling in love and having a real relationship, it was the right time to address the AIDS epidemic and how terrifying that would be for one of our own characters who is intimately connected to the story. I didn't want to tell the story and just have somebody we didn't know experiencing it. I wanted it to be something that really affected our group.
Head over to GLAAD for the full interview and look for The Carrie Diaries on the CW tonight and every Friday at 8 p.m.