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A 'Sex and the City' reboot without Samantha? 'What's the point?,' some fans say

Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Is it still "Sex and the City" without Samantha Jones? Looks like it will have to be.

"And Just Like That ...," a new limited-series revival of the 1998 "SATC" concept just ordered by HBO Max, stars only three of the original series' lead actresses: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

The new series, which will have 10 half-hour episodes, is scheduled to start production in New York in late spring. It will follow Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York as they navigate what HBO Max called "the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s."

Parker posted a teaser trailer for the new show Sunday on Instagram, captioning it: "I couldn't help but wonder... where are they now?"

Nixon also posted the trailer, with the comment, "You, me, New York ... anything is possible." Davis did the same, writing: "Anything is possible.... Meet you there!"

When New York Times Magazine writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner tweeted Sunday that she wanted "your suggested plotline that explains Samantha's absence" from the upcoming limited series, Parker replied that she had "Pen and paper at ready."

 

Later, Parker added: "Exceeding all expectations. I am summoning discipline though desperate to suggest 'hot/cold.'"

Parker, Nixon and Davis are all executive producers on the new show, along with Michael Patrick King, a main writer on "SATC" and director of the two movies spun from the series. The original "Sex and the City" ran in HBO for six seasons.

Rumors about a feud between Cattrall and Parker began when the series was on the air and only intensified over the years as the disagreements became more open. Cattrall eventually said she was not interested in doing a third "SATC" movie.

"This isn't about more money, this is not about more scenes, it's not about any of those things," Cattrall told Piers Morgan in 2017. "This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another … it's quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I've been saying for almost a year of 'no' that I'm demanding or a diva … I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous."

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