Samantha and her friends are back on the make as HBO Max gives the go ahead to a Sex And The City revival which will be titled And Just Like That….
According to Deadline, the series will reunite stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis in a ten episode follow-up to the 1990s HBO hit series. Kim Cattrall, who played the remaining member of the original series’ quartet, will not be returning.
Parker made the announcement about the revival via Instagram (see below).
Returning behind the camera is Michael Patrick King, one of the primary creative drivers of the show during its original run and who also wrote and directed the show’s two spinoff theatrical films, who will serve as the revival’s executive producer. Production is expected to start later this spring.
The original series chronicled the lives of four young women in Manhattan as they navigated their love lives as seen through one of the group, newspaper columnist Carrie (Parker). The series was sex-positive and explored the societal changing landscape of sexuality and promiscuity. The series was created by Darren Star based on Candace Bushnell’s book of the same name.
According to Deadline –
The revival will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte 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.
While, not really a fan of the series, I can certainly see how it reached out and connected with its audience in a way that helped fuel subscribers to the pay cable outlet, while also creating a cottage industry in New York City catering to tourists who wanted to visit the numerous locations seen on the show. The revival is most likely being thought of as a way to deliver a similar result for the HBO Max streaming service.
While the show often dealt with many real world concerns, it was also criticized for its sometimes Pollyana, fantasy view of life in New York City, its emphasis on consumerism and whether it was really as feminist as it claimed to be.
But it has been ten years since we last saw Carrie and her friends and a lot has changed in society. There is certainly plenty of dramatic material to be found in the idea of women in their 50s navigating the worlds of marriage, love and dating. It is certainly an under explored area in the current media landscape. But how much of reality will creep into the show’s fantasy version of New York? Will we see them have to deal with dating during a pandemic? Time will tell.