Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon & Kristin Davis to Star in Sex and the City Revival for HBO Max
And Just Like That will be a "new chapter of the groundbreaking" series Sex and the City
And just like that more Sex and the City is on the way!
HBO Max confirmed a revival of the beloved HBO hit titled And Just Like That featuring original cast members Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon — but noticeably not Kim Cattrall. What can fans of the original series expect? Here's what we know about the revival so far.
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When does the show premiere and how can I watch?
And Just Like That is set to begin shooting in New York in late spring. Ten episodes of the half-hour series will premiere exclusively on HBO Max though no expected date for release has been announced yet.
What is And Just Like That about?
The dramedy will follow the beloved characters Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Miranda Hobbs (Nixon), and Charlotte York (Davis) as they explore the complicated reality of life and friendship now in their 50s. The streamer hasn't confirmed if the series will pick up after the events of both big screen adaptations or if this will take place in an alternate timeline.
Parker recently gave insight into what life will be like for the trio when they return, confirming they'll be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This could tease at least part of the format for And Just Like That as strict protocols continue on TV productions. The cast could essentially connect via video calls or meet for socially distanced brunches if city and state guidelines permit.
COVID-19 will "obviously be part of the storyline, because that's the city [these characters] live in," Parker told Vanity Fair. "And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all."
She added, "I think that Cynthia, Kristin, and I are all excited about the time that has passed. 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."
Although Carrie mostly used her kitchen for storage in the original series, fans could see the longtime writer and author spending more time baking there this time around. Parker told EW exclusively during an interview in September what her popular character would be up to in present day.
"She would [be baking]!" Parker exclaimed. "I would be so curious to see [how she'd handle the pandemic]. Having to take a few minutes to figure out who's going to the grocery store? How are they dealing with masks? Has she seen anybody else? How seriously did they take the quarantine and the lockdown? And I'm sure Big and Carrie took it seriously. But if she was single, how would she have functioned? I'd like to think that she'd handle it well with a good friend and checked in on those she loved. But who knows?!"
What about Samantha?
When HBO Max announced the Sex and the City revival, one name from the original fab four was missing: Kim Cattrall. This was no surprise to fans who have heard Cattrall explain multiple times her disinterest in reprising the role of Samantha Jones or returning to the franchise.
Candace Bushnell, the author of the book Sex and the City that inspired the Darren Star created-series, told Page Six the writers of And Just Like That have plenty of ideas to explore sexuality through various characters. It's unknown how they will handle the disappearance of Samantha, but Cattrall has thrown her support behind the hiring of a totally new actor to portray the PR superstar, specifically a woman of color.
Parker's good friend Andy Cohen recently hosted Jennifer Coolidge on Watch What Happens Live where he threw out the idea that she could "replace" Cattrall. Coolidge, who played a small role in one episode of the HBO series, told Cohen she doesn't "see anyone being able to replace [Cattrall] in that part."
Who else will appear in the series?
So far, only the aforementioned trio have confirmed their participation in the series and their titles as executive producers alongside Michael Patrick King. Jennifer Hudson, who starred in the first Sex and the City movie, expressed interest in playing big city dreamer Louise from St. Louis again. "I hope so! That would be cool. I'm down," she told Entertainment Tonight about reprising the role.
What about Mr. Big, Steve Brady, Harry Goldenblatt, Stanford Blatch, or Anthony Marentino?
Where can I watch the original Sex and the City?
All six seasons of Sex and the City are available to stream on HBO Max now. Both big screen adaptations can be found on Netflix.
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