- A revival of Sex and the City is coming to HBO's streaming service, HBOMax.
- Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis, who starred as Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, and Charlotte York, respectively, all posted on social media about the new series, which is called And Just Like That and will let fans know where the three iconic characters are now.
- Kim Cattrall, who starred as Samantha Jones in the original series and its two followup movies, is not expected to participate in the new series.
Sex and the City is making a long-awaited return to your TV, thanks to a new reboot on HBO Max. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis, who starred as Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, and Charlotte York, respectively, on the hit HBO series took to social media in early 2021 to confirm the news. All three actresses are expected to reprise their roles in the limited series revival, which will air on HBO's streaming service, HBOMax. Kim Cattrall, who starred as fan-favorite Samantha Jones in the series and its two follow-up movies, did not post anything to social media about the new series and is not expected to participate in the revival.
"I couldn’t help but wonder... where are they now?" Sarah Jessica Parker captioned her post about the reboot, signing it, "X, SJ."
What will And Just Like That be about?
A press release from HBO Max revealed more details, including that it will be a 10-episode half-hour series and will begin production in New York in "late spring." The original series's executive producer, Michael Patrick King, is also confirmed to return, meaning the revival should retain the flair and feel of the iconic show.
"The series 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," HBO's release added.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Parker addressed how the revival will deal with COVID, saying that the pandemic would "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."
And what about Kim Cattrall, a.k.a. Samantha Jones?
On Instagram, Parker commented on the notable absence of Cattrall. "Happy to see you back but will miss Kim/Samantha," one commenter penned, to which Parker responded, "We will too. We loved her so. X."
And replying to another commenter who suggested Cattrall wasn't returning because of a rumored feud between the actresses, Parker wrote, "No. I don't dislike [Kim]. I've never said that. Never would. Samantha isn't part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do. X."
Who's joining the cast of And Just Like That?
Yes! Sara Ramírez is being added to the reboot as a series regular. The Tony-winner, who identifies as nonbinary, has been tapped to play Sex and the City's first openly nonbinary character, Che Diaz. The Hollywood Reporter describes Diaz as a "nonbinary, queer stand-up comedian who hosts a podcast on which Carrie is regularly featured. Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular."
Michael Patrick King, who worked as the show's executive producer and is involved with the reboot, said in a statement Wednesday that the cast and production team is "beyond thrilled" to have them on board.
“Sara is a one-of-a-kind talent, equally at home with comedy and drama—and we feel excited and inspired to create this new character for the show,” he said per THR.
Casting Ramírez is a clear sign the reboot is taking steps to be more inclusive after the show's original iteration was criticized—even by Kim Cattrall—for its overwhelming lack of diversity, particularly through a 2021 lens.
Ramírez, a Tony-winner, has frequently been a trailblazer on television, playing a bisexual nonbinary character on CBS’ Madam Secretary as well as the bisexual surgeon Callie Torres on Grey's Anatomy.
And on May 26, it was announced that Chris Noth will also be involved in the HBO Max reboot, reprising his role as John James Preston—a.k.a. the infamous Mr. Big who Carrie weds in the first Sex and the City film (after many relationship ups-and-downs).
"How could we ever do a new chapter of the Sex and the City story without our Mr. Big?" Patrick King said in a statement obtained by EW.
It's unconfirmed how many episodes Noth will appear in or the status of his character's relationship with Carrie, but considering their storied past, we'd expect trouble in paradise...