Recently, whilst meandering through the endless offerings of a streaming platform I frequent, I stumbled upon all the seasons of Sex & the City. I realize I’m late aboard this particular train, but I decided to give it a shot – hating it at first (and I can’t be the only one), and then finding myself unable to resist hitting that “play next episode” button. Imagine my surprise, after starting to worry that I would, inevitably run out of episodes and seasons, to learn that the SATC girls will soon be back with HBO’s Sex & The City revival, And Just Like That….
There’s something extremely guilty about the pleasure of bingeing Sex & the City. The characters are clearly ridiculous caricatures, the narrator is annoying, and if you’re not rolling your eyes at least once in an episode you’re not paying enough attention. And yet, somehow, these absurd women are simultaneously lovable and relatable – kind of like they’re actually your own friends. No wonder women all across the globe are anxiously awaiting their return.
So, without further ado, here’s what we know about the upcoming HBO Sex & the City revival.
The story continues
Decades later, it seems like not all that much has changed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, And Just Like That… will follow Carrie ( Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) 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.”
There’s no Samantha
Notably, the vivacious and insatiable Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall, will not be returning to the show – much to the disappointment of fans.
According to HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys, Samantha’s character will be written out of the show in a way that reflects many human relationships. “Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave,” he said. “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.”
In addition, Cattrall herself said in 2017 that she had no interest in returning to the role of Samantha. “For me, it’s over, it’s over with no regrets.” She said, adding “I’ve moved on, this is what my 60s are about, they’re about me making decisions for me, not my career, for me. And that feels frickin’ fantastic.”
What the SARC clique will be like without one of its iconic and most memorable additions remains to be seen.
The boys are back
Many other of the much-loved cast will be returning. These include Chris Noth, who will be reprising his role as Mr. Big, and John Corbett, who’ll return to his role as Carrie’s ex-fiancé, furniture designer Aidan Shaw.
David Eigenberg will also reprise his role as Steve Brady, and told Us Weekly in March 2021 that he’s looking forward to working with his on-screen wife Cynthia Nixon again as “[she’s] a dream to work with.”
More returning cast members include Mario Cantone as Anthony Marentino, Willie Garson as Standford Blatch, and Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt.
COVID-19 will be a plot feature
According to Harpers Bazaar, Sarah Jessica Parker said that COVID-19’s effect on New York City would “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.”
The SATC social scene is expanding
Excitingly, the once all-white leading clique may not stay that way much longer.
According to Harpers Bazaar, the show will now incorporate more women of colour as series regulars. They’ve even taken on more non-white writers to help tell a broader story this time around.
Harpers Bazaar reports that King and Sarah Jessica Parker “didn’t want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast” for the revival. They also cited Bloys, who previously said. “It’s not reflective of New York. So they are being very, very conscious about understanding that New York has to reflect the way New York looks today.”
It seems the release date for the ten-episode limited series is still unknown, BUT we do know that production is already underway, so perhaps the wait won’t be that long.
Whether a Sex & the City revival is entirely necessary is up for debate (I mean, we’ve already had two movies, and plans for a third scrapped), but HBO Max will no doubt enjoy the influx of SATC fans that will pour in to watch the reunion.
In the meantime, it might be a good idea to join me in binge-watching all the previous seasons in preparation for what is sure to be an interesting event.