After two movie sequels and a long-hiatus, “Sex and the City” will be getting a revival on HBO Max and will explore the characters navigating middle-aged life. Kim Cattrall will reportedly not be returning.
“The new chapter is titled ‘And Just Like That…’ and will star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones in the original series, is not returning. Parker, Nixon and Davis will also executive produce, along with Michael Patrick King,” reported Variety. “The revival will follow Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Charlotte York (Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Nixon) as they navigate love and friendship in their 50s. The series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and is set to begin production in New York City in late spring.”
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker teased the news in an Instagram video on Sunday that juxtaposed shots of New York City with a computer screen typing out the words “And Just Like That … The Story Continues” as Carrie Bradshaw provides her signature voice over. “I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now?” Parker captioned the post.
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Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement that she looks forward to seeing these characters explored in a new life chapter.
“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,” Aubrey said.
“Sex and the City” became a cultural powerhouse after it aired in 1998 on HBO and ran for six seasons until 2004, followed by two movies in 2008 and 2010. The show became notable for its portrayal of post-1960s female sexual prowess. In recent years, however, the show has been criticized for its lack of diversity by focusing so heavily on a group of upper-crust Manhattan white women. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) in 2019, original creator Darren Star said, in retrospect, he should have included more minority characters.
“That’s the one thing I probably would have liked to have done differently,” said Star. “Hopefully it transcended that, but looking back, wow, that would have been another way to make it feel more groundbreaking.”
“The show is very much a product of its time and I think the show is a time capsule. You can only think about shows as representing the time that they are being made,” he continued. “TV has evolved in being much more inclusive, and I think that people do now think about series that way.”
In the same interview, Star expressed feeling quite drawn to stories about female characters due to their openness. “I feel like they’re emotionally very open, they’re very expressive, they’re funny. I just think of the female characters as people,” he said. “If you put men in the same situation you just wouldn’t be able to tell the same kinds of stories.”