Earlier this week, HBO Max announced they were reviving the legendary series Sex and the City, shared they’d be calling the new show And Just Like That…, mentioned they were bringing back Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — and left us with zero shock that Kim Cattrall would not be returning.
According to the official press release, the reboot is still based on the book of the same name Sex and the City and the original TV series by creator Darren Star. Except this time around, instead of the fab four navigating the complexities of love, sex, careers and friendships as thirty-somethings, it’ll be the still-standing trio navigating similar life complexities in their 50s. There will be 10 half-hour episodes — shooting set for spring and no Cattrall.
The SATC reboot follows a final season that didn’t really need to happen, two garbage post-series films (Sex and the City 2 being especially terrible) and a cancellation of a third movie. While there are no doubt audiences out there who will tune in out of curiosity and possibly fan loyalty, it’s fair to predict that this limited revival series will leave viewers disappointed.
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Of course, Sarah Jessica Parker has her rose-tinted glasses on and is eager for the reboot. For anyone who paid even a little attention to what went on behind the scenes of the SATC franchise, we know of the bad blood that bled on between Parker and Cattrall. Parker was positioned as the star of the show as self-destructive Carrie Bradshaw — but it was often free-spirted, sex-positive Samantha Jones (Cattrall) who stole scenes and generated buzz after each episode. Sure, the fashion was also a key takeaway — but ultimately, the heart of the series was four friends who supported each other through trials and tribulations of love, sex and New York City. Would we want a Friends sequel if they robbed us of one of the six?
The 64-year-old Canadian actress has been vocal over the years about how over the franchise she is — so her absence in the reboot is of no surprise. Though the franchise aims to live on, how will it fare without the voice of reason and queen of the funny?
The thirst for nostalgia trends on, but can we truly be satisfied with a SATC cocktail minus a key ingredient and without proper garnish? It’s all very hard to say.