And we couldn’t help but wonder… will there ever be a Sex and the City revival?
Well, wonder no more, Carrie Bradshaw. The answer to that, according to Sarah Jessica Parker herself, is absa-f**king-lutely.
Showing that nature really is healing, American television products are back to what they do best – nostalgia-pining revivals instead of telling more original, diverse stories.
So, sex will, indeed, return to the city as HBO Max, the network’s streaming platform, confirmed rumours of a Sex and the City revival Sunday (10 January).
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Franchise stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis all posted on social media the same short teaser trailer, showing a sun-splashed Manhattan as Bradshaw types on her laptop: “And just like that … the story continues.”
Noticeably absent from the revival announcement was Kim Cattrall, who played fan-favourite Samantha Jones, a vivacious and fiercely independent PR chief, in the original 1998 series.
The star declined the chance to reprise her role – unsurprising, considering the 64-year-old has sought to distance herself from the series in 2017.
Perhaps she finally ran off into the sunset with Mario.
What is the Sex and the City revival about?
HBO Max confirmed the revival – titled, you guessed it, And Just Like That – will comprise of ten, half-hour episodes and is scheduled to kick-off production late spring in New York City, US. Parker, Davis, Nixon and Michael Patrick King will executive produce.
The trinity will each reprise their roles of Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York Goldenblatt respectively. Being the first time the three have reunited on-screen since 2010’s Sex and the City 2, but it’s probably for the best that we never speak of that film again, to be honest.
“The new Max Original series is based on the book, Sex and the City, by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star,” a statement from HBO Max’s parent company WarnerMedia read.
“The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.”
Fan reactions, meanwhile, were more contradictory than Bradshaw’s spending budget. While shores of Twitter users welcomed the revival, finally being reunited with serotonin, others remained unconvinced.
Some wondered whether the show would amend its troubling track record of biphobia and overall lack of inclusive casting, among its other rather outdated sins, while some couldn’t help but wonder how it will address Samantha’s absence.
Carrie would be 53 now, the same age Blanche was at the start of The Golden Girls.
— Nic Holas (@nicheholas) January 10, 2021
Made new friends, who aren't bi-phobic and don't sl*t-shame?
— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) January 11, 2021
Such a great opportunity to introduce a person of color in the group.
— CJR 🌈 (@cjrtheperson) January 10, 2021
Sex and the City without Samantha is absolutely Orwellian.
— jeremy (@jeremycabo) January 11, 2021
The only way this would work is if they have it be about the girls solving Samantha's murder. They could probably convince Kim to narrate the show from beyond the grave. https://t.co/YNUJt0tfk8
— Adam ElIis (@moby_dickhead) January 11, 2021