The Sex and the City revival is around the corner!
The new chapter is titled And Just Like That… and will follow Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) as they navigate life in their 50s.
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Since announcing the reboot in November 2020, the cast has experienced heartache and heartbreak, with Kim Cattrall choosing not to reprise her character Samantha Jones, and the beloved Willie Garson (who played Stanford Blatch) passing away midway through filming.
Here’s everything we know so far about the much-anticipated reboot, including details on how they’ll address the absence of Samantha and Stanford…
Who is returning from the original Sex and the City cast?
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis are all set to return for the revival.
At the time of the announcement last year, Parker revealed some other characters would feature, but did not specify who.
When a fan asked who else from the original cast would appear in the show, she confirmed “some others you know” are expected to come back.
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We now know John Corbett, who starred as Carrie’s boyfriend Aidan Shaw, will be appearing.
“I’m going to do the show,” Corbett, 59, told Page Six. “I think I might be in quite a few [episodes]. I like all those people, they’ve been very nice to me.”
Meanwhile, Chris Noth, who played the charming Mr Big who eventually becomes her husband, is also set to return.
Will Samantha be in the new Sex and the City reboot?
Sadly not. Kim Catrall, who played Samantha Jones in the original series, is not returning for the reboot.
When the reboot was first announced, Parker directly replied to several fans who noted she hadn’t tagged Cattrall in the teaser post. Parker stressed that her reason for excluding her wasn’t because they “dislike each other”.
“No. I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would,” she wrote. “Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be a part of us. No matter where we are or what we do.”
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It’s well known now that Catrall and Parker aren’t exactly on good terms. Catrall has said many times that she had no interest in doing a third SATC movie — let alone another series.
“I think the climate changed,” Catrall told the Daily Record in 2016. “To have four women talking about shopping trips and spending $400 on shoes when people are having trouble putting food on the table?”
How will Samantha Jones’ absence be explained on the show?
The story goes that Samantha has a falling out with group and is no longer friends with Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte.
In a previous interview with TV Line, HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys suggested Samantha will simply “fade” from the friendship group.
“Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave,” Bloys said. “Friendships fade, and new friendships start.”
During an appearance on the US Today Show this week, Davis said the cast will no doubt miss Samantha Jones but she will still be on the show in spirit.
“We love Samantha. Samantha is never not going to be a part in some way, right?” Davis said. “So there is respect for Samantha; it’s part of the story. We’d never disrespect Samantha.”
How will the sudden death of Willie Garson, who played Stanford, be explained in the show?
Midway through filming the revival, Willie Garson — who played Carrie’s lovable best friend, Stanford Blatch — passed away at the age of 57 after a secret battle with pancreatic cancer.
Following his death, the show’s executive producer Michael Patrick King told The Hollywood Reporter they weren’t anywhere near close to filming all of Stanford’s story arcs before his death.
“We had a whole journey that we weren’t able to do,” King told the outlet. “But what he did is fantastic.”
What is for certain is Stanford’s character would not be killed off the series “because it wasn’t charming, and I knew that the audience would know,” King also explained to the New York Times.
On the topic of killing off characters, King maintained no one will be killed off the show. He also assured fans that rumours about Mr Big and Samantha suffering a similar fate was fake news.
“Nobody’s dead. Nobody,” he confirmed.
Is there a trailer for the revival?
Yes. HBO Max released a new trailer for And Just Like That… on December 12.
The trailer appears to reveal that the three women are still married — at least for now — and spotlights Big on a Peloton, kissing Carrie, and saying to her, “I remember when you kept your sweaters in the stove.”
It also teases how the new characters figure into the show, including Blindspot actress Sarita Choudhury and former Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramírez. Yellowstone‘s Karen Pittman and Chicago P.D. actress Nicole Ari Parker also join the cast.
Watch the full trailer below.
When will the new Sex and the City show be released?
The first two episodes of And Just Like That… will premiere on Foxtel and Binge on December 9 at 7pm AEDT.
The remaining eight episodes will drop each Thursday until the finale airs on February 3.
How many episodes will there be for the new Sex and the City show?
There will be 10 episodes that are all half an hour long.
What will the cast be paid for participating in the show?
According to multiple sources, Parker, Nixon and Davis are all set to pocket over US$1 million (approx. $1.2 million) per episode for the 10-episode series. The three ladies will all executive-produce the reboot.
Will the show address the COVID-19 pandemic?
It sure will. Parked revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that the script will deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“[It 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?” she said. “I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all.”
She also promised a more diverse group of writing staff saying, “It’s incredibly diverse in a really exciting way.”
How did Sex and the City end?
In 2010, at the end of the Sex and the City 2 movie, Carrie was still happily married to Mr Big.
Miranda was still married to bar owner Steve and landed a new job at a more laid-back and diverse law firm. Charlotte continued to be married to Harry, and they shared two children together on the Upper East Side of New York.
Samantha was a public relations executive and met a Danish architect for a sexual escapade in the Hamptons.
How many seasons of Sex and the City were there?
There were six seasons of the show. It was followed by a movie in 2008 and a sequel in 2010.
What was Sex and the City based on?
SATC, created by Darren Star, is based on the book by Candice Bushnell. The show originally aired on HBO between 1998 to 2004.
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