After literally decades of speculation and latest rumors, Sex and the City will be returning to our screens. Yes, that is right: A resurrection of the series, titled And Just Like That, is coming to HBO Max.
“I grew up with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humor, and the beloved city that has always defined them,” Sarah Aubrey, the mind of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement, each Deadline.
Here’s everything we know about the next chapter in the lives of Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes.
Sex and the City is coming back! Yes, we have said that , but we could barely believe it. Cynthia Nixon tweeted the news on January 10. “Anything is possible. This is New York,” she wrote along with a teaser.
“And just like that,” a person types as we listen to the voice of Sarah Jessica Parker and the noises of NYC. “The story continues…”
What’s it called? According to Deadline, the revival series is called And Just Like That. It has its Twitter accounts, but you can also call it SATC: Next Chapter if Nixon’s hashtag along with also the teaser are anything to go by.
Who’s included? Nixon tagged Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in her article but notably left out Kim Cattrall. Deadline confirms the actor, who played Samantha Jones in the first six seasons and 2 films, won’t be returning. Is anybody really surprised? )
Although Darren Star, who also established Emily at Paris, was the first creator of the show, it’s being reported that Michael Patrick King will serve as executive producer along with Nixon, Parker, and Davis. King previously directed multiple episodes of the series as well as both films.
What are they doing about Samantha? In February 2021, HBO Max chief content creation Casey Bloys advised TV Line,“Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life…. They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50.”
That having been said, we don’t know exactly how the series will explain Samantha’s absence yet. However, Parker did hint on Twitter that a few fans were near imagining it.
On Instagram, she (kind of) addressed Cattrall’s noninvolvement; following one fan remarked,”Happy to see you back but will miss Kim/Samantha,” Parker responded ,”We will too. We loved her so. X.” Loved as in past tense. Well, better to have loved and lost, as they state.
In a separate comment, each People, SJP wrote of Samantha,”She will always be there.” And when one enthusiast suggested she did not enjoy Cattrall, Parker wrote,”No. I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would. Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do. X.”
What about Mr. Big? ) Some enthusiasts are concerned the series will kill off Carrie’s now husband following a journalist claimed Mr. Big died within an abysmal script for its third film back 2018. But, Chris Noth himself shut down those rumors after that year. “He wasn’t going to die,” Noth told Page Six. “There’s no way he was dying. That was all a lie.”
So who do we believe? There’s obviously no one better to ask than And Just Like That producer SJP herself. One enthusiast did precisely that at the remarks of Parker’s Instagram announcement. “This is insane. My favorite girls will be back,” they wrote, per Us Weekly. “But wait, what about Mr. Big?”
Parker’s response? “Wait and see,” she responded.
And on May 26, we did get more clarity: Chris Noth will be back to reprise the role of Mr. Big, a press release by HBO Max. “I’m thrilled to be working with Chris again on And Just Like That,” executive producer Michael Patrick King said in a statement. “How could we ever do a new chapter of the Sex And The City story without our Mr. Big?”
What about Smith Jerrod? ) Probably not, and it is logical. Asked from the Daily Front Row if he’d been approached about looking from the reboot, celebrity Jason Lewis responded,”I have not, but I would be the last to know! As much as I appreciate the flattery, the conversation is about the girls.” Considering that his character was only involved via a connection to Samantha, and Samantha is not in the reboot, we’d say that this one was unavoidable.
Okay but…the garments? Sadly, the woman who came up with the show’ iconic outfits will not be returning. Instead Patricia Field will be working on season two of Darren Star’s other project Emily in Paris. “The principal motive was a time conflict,” Field told WWD. “I was not able to maintain New York doing this and also be in Paris doing Emily in Paris. But I told them to call my very dear friend Molly Rogers…. She did Sex and the City together with me from begin to finish. She knew it well, so she’s doing it.”
Where and when can you watch? It’s fitting that And Just Like That will launch on HBO Max–and not just because the original series ran on HBO from 1998 to 2004. HBO Max is also hosting the highly anticipated Gossip Girl reboot.
No premiere date has been announced, but Deadline reports that the Sex and the City limited series will begin production in the spring of 2021.
How many episodes? Ten!
Did any other cast members post about it? You know it! Davis shared a similar message as Nixon on Twitter. Meanwhile, SJP didn’t pass the chance to invoke Bradshaw in her Instagram caption, writing,”I could not help but wonder why…where are they now?”
How are fans reacting? Aside from the obvious screams of joy, let’s just say Samantha was trending on Twitter on January 10. People are pretty hung up on Kim Cattrall’s absence.
Jennifer Hudson is hoping to reprise her role as Louise from St. Louis. When Hudson was asked if Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant from the Sex and the City movie will appear in the reboot, she replied,”I am so! That would be cool. I’m down.”
Justin Theroux is down to return too. Theroux actually played two different parts over the course of the series: cool guy novelist Jared and short story writer Vaughn, the, uh, premature ejaculator guy. Asked by E! News if he would be open to reprising one (or both?) Roles in the revival, Theroux joked,”Let me check my email or see if anyone predicted. I still have no email from Sarah Jessica.” He then added,”Yeah, of course I would love to. If they wanted to possess me, I’d do Sex and The City again.”
The revival will address the coronavirus pandemic. Parker told Vanity Fair that COVID-19 will”obviously be part of the storyline because that is the town [these characters] live in. I have good faith that the authors are going to examine it all.”
The cast will reportedly include more diversity. In May, TVLine reported that (around) six new characters will be introduced in the new episodes, three of them series regulars who are also women of color. HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys said that Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King”did not wish to tell a story with all-white authors or a all-white cast” because”it’s not reflective of New York. So they are being very, very mindful about understanding that New York must reflect the way New York looks today.” The writing staff for the reboot is reportedly half people of color, including the hilarious Samantha Irby.
Sara Ramirez will play one of the new characters. Tony winner Ramirez, who is nonbinary, will play the show’s first nonbinary character in a “series regular” role. The Hollywood Reporter revealed on May 19 that Ramirez’s character is”Che Diaz (they/them), a nonbinary, queer stand-up comedian who hosts a podcast on which Carrie is regularly featured. Che is a large presence with a big heart whose eccentric sense of humor and progressive, human summary of sex roles has made them and their podcast popular.”
Charlotte and Miranda’s husbands will return. HBO confirmed on June 9 that Steve Brady (David Eigenberg) and Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) are going to appear in the revival. Plus, that’s not where the love ends: Willie Garson will also reprise his role as Stanford Blatch and his husband, Anthony Marentino (played by Mario Cantone) will return as Anthony Marentino.
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