Sex and the City is officially returning to the small screen. Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed the news of a revival of the much-loved New York-set show on Instagram. Parker posted a video featuring scenes of the city paired with one of Carrie Bradshaw's signature voiceovers. "I couldn’t help but wonder... where are they now? X, SJ," reads the caption. Watch the clip below, then read on for everything we know so far about the revival.
The series appears to be called And Just Like That; here's what all we know about it:
Parker is reprising the role of Carrie Bradshaw.
Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda in the original series, and Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte, also shared the teaser on Instagram, and are returning to the series as well.
“I think that Cynthia, Kristin, and I are all excited about the time that has passed,” Parker recently told Vanity Fair. “You know, who are they in this world now? Have they adapted? What part have they played? Where have they fallen short as women, as friends, and how are they finding their way? Did they move with momentum? Are they like some people who are confused, threatened, nervous [by what’s happening in the world]? I’m so curious and excited to see how the writers imagine these women today.”
It's unclear where the three women's love lives will stand in the film; a report claims that Chris North will not be returning as Mr. Big, and David Eigenberg, who played Steve Brady, is reportedly "in negotiations" regarding an appearance in the series.
Notably, though, John Corbett, who played Carrie's one-time boyfriend Aidan Shaw in the series, will return for the show.
“I’m going to do the show,” he told Page Six, describing the news as "very exciting" and revealing that he thinks he will be in more than one episode.
“I like all those people, they’ve been very nice to me,” he said.
Kim Cattrall will not appear in the series as Samantha Jones.
Other casting details have yet to be confirmed, but Kim Cattrall will not appear in the series as Samantha Jones. In several interviews, she has made it clear that she is finished with the franchise.
Per EW, when a commenter asked Parker about Catrall's absence from the revival, the actress responded: "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."
HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys seemingly spoke to how the series will address Samantha's absence in a recent interview with TV Line.
“They’re not trying to say that these characters are reliving their 30s. It is very much a story about women in their 50s, and they are dealing with things that people deal with in their 50s,” she said.
“Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave,” Bloys continued. “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.”
There will be some new faces on the series.
Of course, no one can replace Samantha Jones, but the new series will introduce a number of new friends to Carrie's circle. Per TV Line, the new series is "dramatically expanding Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte’s social circle with roughly a half dozen new characters. And three of those newbies will be full-fledged series regulars and women of color."
The show will address COVID-19.
Parker also told Vanity Fair that the pandemic-19 will “obviously be part of the storyline, because that’s the city [these characters] live in. And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all.”
This isn't the first spinoff of Sex and the City.
The original show, which ran for six seasons on HBO between 1998-2004, previously inspired two feature films and a prequel series called The Carrie Diaries, which starred AnnaSophia Robb as a young Carrie, and ran for two seasons on The CW.
A premiere date has yet to be set.
The Instagram announcement noted that the series will stream on HBO Max. Deadline also reports that the show is "being brought back as a limited series."
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