Start mixing those cosmos and dust off your Manolo Blahniks, Sex and the City is officially returning to our TV screens.
Rumours of a reboot have long been swirling around, but they had seemed to have significantly picked up over the past few months. Now yesterday (January 10), they were officially confirmed through social media posts from the three returning stars – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.
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The 10-episode series will air on HBO Max, HBO’s (SATC’s original home) streaming arm, and will be called And Just Like That… The new series will follow Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Nixon) and Charlotte (Davis) as they navigate friendship in their 50s. Kim Cattrall’s Samantha will not be returning for the series, though this is no surprise to long-time fans of the series given Cattrall’s open-feud with Parker.
No further information about the series’ premise has been released, though searches for a showrunner as well as writers is currently underway. One thing I think many fans can agree on is that we don’t want to see a COVID-centred series. I’m not even sure whether SATC could make that work – it kind of loses the whole essences of the series. So does that leave us in a post-COVID New York or ignoring the pandemic all together? Given the losses in the New York and the US and that we’re coming up on a year since it first broke out in the States and there’s no end in sight, ignoring COVID seems wrong and unimaginable. It will be interesting to see what they do.
Similarly what happens to Samantha? Will she be killed off and so there’s no chance whatsoever of Cattrall ever returning? Will they have her be conveniently not in New York? Or will they write in some kind of split in the group? All are quite possible.
In addition to reprising their acting roles, Parker, Nixon and Davis will join Michael Patrick King as executive producer of the series. Darren Star, the series’ original creator, is not involved in the latest incarnation.
“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,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of originals at HBO Max.
While I loved the original series and found the first movie entertaining (the second was just downright awful), it’s with mixed feelings that I received this news. As we have all found over the past few years, revivals/reboots of beloved series very, very rarely live up to the hype or the magic of the original series. These shows were successful because they came along at the right time, in the right place. So much has changed since the series finished over a decade ago, can the series also change and adapt?
Production is due to commence on the series in late spring in New York. No premiere timeline has been announced.
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