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Everything You Need To Know About The Upcoming Sex And The City Reboot

From the release date to spoilers, cast and trailer, here’s everything you need to know about the long-anticipated reboot starring your favourite BFFs.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 years since we bid farewell to Carrie Bradshaw and her group of girlfriends from our TV screens. Of course, there were the Sex and the City movies, but even a two-hour cinematic event wasn’t enough to fill the void in our hearts, one big enough to rival Bradshaw’s shoe closet. From the hilarious episodes that included a breakup via post-it note, to the more emotional like Samantha’s breast cancer and chemotherapy treatment,  for so many of us Sex and the City proved not just formative as a gauge to compare our own relationships, but was also a sense of community. These were the friends we could see ourselves in, those we consulted during a breakup or dating dry spell; they were laughs we needed most and the push to take that fashion risk and embrace our individuality. It was welcome news then that it was announced our favourite characters would once again return to the small screen thanks to a Sex and the City reboot. 

In case you need a reminder, Sex and the City first hit screens in 1998 and followed the lives of four 30-something New York women as they navigated careers, designer-filled wardrobes (and fashion faux-pas), friendship and – most fascinating of all – love and sex. Told through the eyes of narrator Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), her weekly Sex And The City column gave the show its name as Bradshaw became known as the ‘ultimate single gal’, juggling dating with a prolific writing career. For Bradshaw, it was a question of Aidan or Mr Big, and she ultimately ended up marrying Big in the series’ first spin-off film. 

Then there was Charlotte York Goldenblatt (played by Kristin Davis), who worked in an art gallery all the while wanting the domestic bliss of a husband and children. She married Harry Goldenblatt and the pair soon adopted daughter Lily, before having another naturally, named Rose. Cynthia Nixon played Miranda Hobbes, an impressive feminist lawyer who ended up with the endearing Steve and their son Brady. And who could forget Samantha Jones (played by Kim Cattrall), the PR genius who forewent traditional ideals of relationships, choosing to instead embrace liberal attitudes about sex. 

A new spin-off series from the Sex and the City family has been in the works for some time. You need only peruse social media to see evidence of the fact, with fans lurking on street corners and alleyways where it’s currently being filmed, desperate to get a glimpse into what the new series might hold for our beloved characters and their prospective partners. But with so much anticipation also comes great risk: will it live up to the hype? We’re inclined to believe anything that sees Bradshaw and the girls reunited will do just fine. As we count down until the launch of the new series, here’s everything you need to know about the spin-off, including cast details, plot and premiere date. 

Has a reboot been confirmed?

Taking to social media, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nixon and Davis all made the announcement. Fans were quick to champion the news which confirmed that the rebooted show would be called And Just Like That. In a press release from HBO Max, the production company said that the 10-part series would be a ‘new chapter’ in the Sex and the City world, following Bradshaw, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complex reality of life and friendship in their 50s. 

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Parker said that the series will still include lots of dating, but also reflect current social events. “[Covid-19 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? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all,’ she said. 

Parker also said it would be interesting to see where the characters are in their lives, and how such developments have impacted their friendship given that two are now mothers. “What is their relationship to social media? What has changed? What is their life like? For Carrie, who doesn’t have family beyond her friendships, where is she professionally? How have all of these political changes affected her work? Is she still writing a column? Has she written any more books? Or does she have a podcast? What does fashion mean to her now? How have the friendships changed or not changed, and has her social circle grown?”

Who is returning to the new series?

As photos from set suggest, only three of the beloved four characters will be returning to the new series. While Parker, Nixon and Davis are all reprising their iconic roles, it’s Kim Cattrall’s Samantha that is notably absent. No reason has been provided by HBO Max or Cattrall for her absence, and it will be interesting to see how such a thing is approached in the show itself. 

As for the other three, Parker, Nixon and Davis have all signed on as executive producers for the spin-off which is an incredible feat, particularly at a time where Hollywood continues to be criticised for the limited roles available for women over a certain age. “There’s so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A Man,” Parker told Vogue, in relation to the media’s focus on her grey hair and ageing appearance. “Everyone has something to say. ‘She has too many wrinkles, she doesn’t have enough wrinkles.’ It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly oaky with where we are, as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today, whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better,” she added. 

“I know what I look like. I have no choice,” said Parker. “What am I going to do about it? Stop ageing? Disappear?”

Are the men returning to Sex and the City?

While there was some speculation that favourites like Mr Big (played by Chris Noth) might not return, it looks like all that was just down to rumours. Images from set have shown Parker and Noth walking hand-in-hand and embracing while filming scenes for the upcoming series, with the pair also spotted taking a horse carriage ride around what appears to be Central Park. 

It’s unknown whether Steve (played by David Eigenberg) will return to the series, however his representative suggests the actor is in negotiations to appear in the series. Willie Garson – who famously played Carrie’s best friend Stanford – also appeared to be joining the cast, but tragically passed away in September of 2021. It’s now been confirmed that Garson, Mario Cantone (Charlotte’s best friend and wedding planner, Anthony), and Evan Handler (Harry) will be reprising their characters. 

Where can I watch the trailer?

A trailer for the new series was released during the 2021 Emmy Awards. It features Bradshaw, Miranda, and Charlotte all back together again, with Bradshaw and Big pictured cooking in their sprawling kitchen in what appears to be a new apartment. 

When will the series be released?

On October 5, Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed in a new clip teasing the ‘next chapter’ of Sex and the City that And Just Like That will be hitting screens in December. 

Where can I watch the new series?

HBO Max is currently only available in the US, however some of the company’s shows have been snapped up by international streaming sites, such as Love Life which was available to stream on BBC iPlayer and Stan, here in Australia. 

By Jessica Campbell

Jess is a storyteller committed to sharing the human stories that lie at the heart of sport.

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