‘And just like that,’ Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes), and Kristin Davis (Charlotte York) all dropped the same teaser trailer confirming the rumors that HBOMax is indeed reviving cult favorite Sex and the City in a new series of 10 half-hour episodes titled And Just Like That.
With only a few bustling shots of New York City, intercut with Carrie’s iconic computer screen typing out the words “And just like that… the story continues,” we started having flashbacks of happy days holed up in our dorm room with roommates, ordering pizza, and skipping classes – and sleep – as we binged each and every episode of the forbidden series that followed single women navigating love, friendship, fashion, and sex in New York City.
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While Parker is merely wondering “where are they now,” everyone else is asking, “where is Samantha?”. It’s no secret that there is bad blood between Parker and Kim Cattrall, her co-star from the original series who played Samantha Jones. (Just Google it – only be prepared for an addictive rabbit hole of tabloid gossip.) When Cattrall refused to do the third movie, Warner Bros. was forced to cancel the project leaving Nixon, Davis, and Parker disappointed.
Now that a reboot is actually happening, and Cattrall’s Instagram remains ominously empty, we all want to know how the show is going to deal with the loss of a very significant character. Because how can there be a Sex and the City without Samantha? They’d have to call it The City.
Will they return her to California with her former boyfriend, Smith, and make minimal references to her in a way that glosses over her absence? Will they – God forbid – kill her off from some rare STD? Or will they simply cast another actress and completely ignore the difference as if nothing happened?
Parker joked once with Ellen that perhaps she should play the role as there was now an opening. However, our money is on Jennifer Coolidge. She’s hilarious, would be the perfect Samantha, and in a cheeky plot twist, perhaps Samantha dated a plastic surgeon for a while who ended up having his license revoked for one too many botched jobs.
Whatever they decide, we can’t wait to catch up with Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, now in their 50s, in their beloved city with the same poignant, raw, and honest humor that the original is known for. And the clothes. Oh God. The clothes. All three leading ladies are also signed on as executive producer, which makes this show not just about women and for women, but run by women. ‘And just like that,’ 2021 is looking pretty damn good.