From 1998, Sex And The City ran for six series and was revolutionary for portraying 30-something women discussing sex and relationships (in killer outfits). Here, we answer all your burning questions about the series revival…
By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer
New Yorkers Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) return for And Just Like That…, minus Samantha (Kim Cattrall). The friends make the transition from the original series to now, where they’re thriving in their 50s.
Sex And The City was created by Darren Star and based on Candace Bushnell’s column for The New York Observer, which was adapted into a collection of essays of the same name. Star, who also created Emily In Paris, hasn’t returned for the reboot, but it’s in good hands. Michael Patrick King, who previously directed multiple episodes of the series and both movies, serves as executive producer alongside Nixon, Parker and Davis.
And Just Like That… is continuing to make waves, just as its predecessor did, by featuring middle-aged women who are truly living their best lives however the hell they want, and doing it stylishly and boldly. Why that’s so progressive in this day and age, we’re still not sure, but all the haters commenting on the cast’s appearance as they return deserve to have a Cosmo thrown over them!
We couldn’t help but wonder… what does And Just Like That… have in store for SATC fans new and old? Settle in as we answer exactly that.
Is it a movie?
The film Sex And The City was released in 2008 and followed up by 2010’s Sex And The City 2, but And Just Like That… is a series, made up of ten half-hour episodes.
Who is in the cast?
Other than the returning threesome, Miranda’s husband Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), Charlotte’s husband Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler), and Carrie’s ex-fiancé Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) are all reprising their roles.
We’ll also meet Charlotte’s adopted daughter Lily (Cathy Ang) and biological daughter Rose (Alexa Swinton), and Miranda’s son Brady (Niall Cunningham), all as teens, if you can believe it!
New cast members include Sara Ramírez as “outrageously funny” queer, non-binary podcast host Che Diaz; Nicole Ari Parker (Empire) as documentary maker Lisa Todd Wexley; Sarita Choudhury (Homeland) as Seema Patel, a “single, self-made powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker”; and Karen Pittman (Luke Cage) as Nya Wallace, a “brilliant, challenging Columbia Law professor”.
Does Stanford Blatch make an appearance?
He does, and you can catch a glimpse of him in the trailer. Willie Garson, who passed away in September, reprises his role as Carrie’s best friend Stanford. Mario Cantone also returns, as Stanford’s husband Anthony Marentino.
Where is Samantha in And Just Like That…?
When Nixon posted a tweet back in July captioned, “And just like that, it was day one!!” with a picture of her, Parker and Davis, the memes started flooding in. People added in a fourth character to make up for Cattrall’s absence, including Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act and Bernie Sanders in mittens (remember that meme?).
Cattrall has been open about not wanting to return to the Sex And The City series or any subsequent movies, saying in 2017: “This isn’t about more money. It’s not about more scenes. It’s not about any of those things. This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another.”
Fans have been nervous about how she’ll be written out of And Just Like That… especially since Samantha experienced breast cancer in series 6. The good news is she’s not been killed off, but the sexually liberated and successful PR guru is actually living it up in London.
In an interview with TVLine, HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys explained, “Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So, I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life.”
Who is responsible for the outfits?
Patricia Field, who was in charge of the series’ fashion-forward outfits was working on series 2 of Emily In Paris, so wasn’t able to return for the reboot. Molly Rogers, who also worked with Field on Sex And The City, stepped in instead, keeping Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte clearly just as fashion-forward as they were more than 20 years ago!
Also… the iconic tutu is back! Anyone would recognise the clothing item from the opening credits of Sex And The City as Carrie twirls around New York. A longer, but still white, version makes its debut in this series.
Follow the costume designers from And Just Like That…, Rogers and Danny Santiago, on Instagram, as well as this incredible fan account, where you can find out where to buy the looks worn in the series.
Does the revival mention coronavirus?
Parker told Vanity Fair that Covid-19 will “obviously be part of the storyline because that’s the city [these characters] live in”. She also said she believes the show will attempt to answer how the pandemic has “changed relationships once friends disappear”.
When is the And Just Like That… release date?
The first two episodes of And Just Like That… air on Sky Comedy/HD (CH 135/123) on Thursday 9 December from 9pm. The following eight episodes will be available weekly on Thursdays at 9pm. It is also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Comedy.
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