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Nothing could ever replace Gossip Girl. That’s like thinking a puppy can take the place of your beloved family dog when it dies. We know it doesn’t work that way. But while Gossip Girl will always hold a special place in our hearts, life — and television — must and will go on.

All we’re saying is you may want to consider giving The Carrie Diaries a try in January. Hear us out, okay? We have five reasons why we think you’ll love it.

5. Same co-creators, same head writers.

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Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz know what you want out of your hourlong CW dramas. We know they know because they’ve been bringing you the tales of the Upper East Side for the last five years. The team that is bringing The Carrie Diaries to CW are the very same geniuses who adapted Gossip Girl from books to the small screen. They also worked together on The O.C., if your memory goes back to the early ‘00s!

4. Fantastic music.

We’ve seen the pilot, and we were first blown away by the killer soundtrack, which blended together original and remake versions of classic ‘80s music. If you loved the music on Gossip Girl, which ran the gambit from “on the brink of popular” to “wow, that’s obscure,” you’re going to be Shazam-ing the hell out of this show to identify the songs.

3. THE CLOTHES.

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The Carrie Diaries takes places in 1984, so of course the fashions won’t be as au courant as Waldorf Designs. But we’re talking New York ‘80s, not Midwest Hicktown USA ‘80s: Even if it’s not in anymore, it’s still kinda in. We guarantee you’ll say at least once an episode, “I’d totally wear that.”

2. It’s not Sex and the City, but it kinda is. You know?

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While The Carrie Diaries is a prequel of sorts to Sex and the City, don’t let that make you think it’s geared toward the cosmo-sipping, over-35 set. The show follows Carrie Bradshaw through high school as she deals with her mother’s death and deciding what she wants to be when she grows up. Like grown-up Carrie, however, ‘80s Carrie has a group of four close friends with distinct personalities and storylines to explore. Refreshingly, they’re also not cookie-cutter, teenage versions of Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte.

1. AnnaSophia Robb is pretty superb.

All of this wouldn’t amount to much without a compelling lead actress, but AnnaSophia Robb really shines as Carrie. She manages to remind us of Sarah Jessica Parker — without looking like she’s doing a bad impression of a 16-year-old SJP. Everyone on the show is great, but AnnaSophia is one to watch.

Are any of you Gossip Girl fans out there excited about The Carrie Diaries, or are you too overcome with grief to even think about a new show?