IIt’s taken years for Sarah Jessica Parker and the two other leading ladies from HBO Sex and the City to get their wish for a new installment in the hit series.
But somehow it is only appropriate that the production of And like that, the long-awaited revival turns out to be as chaotic as Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous messy love life.
The warning signs were all there. It began when HBO Max announced the project in January and proudly announced that Parker, Cynthia Nixon (who plays Miranda Hobbes) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte York Goldenblatt) would all be a part of it. Kim Cattrall’s beloved character of sex-positive PR powerhouse Samantha Jones is outrageously absent in the new series.
It should not have come as a surprise when Cattrall wiped out plans for a third film in 2017 and has been stated to have no desire to visit the show again. “It was a blessing in so many ways, but after the second film I had had enough,” she said The Guardian in 2019. ”I could not understand why they would not just replace me with another actress instead of wasting time on bullying. No means no. ”
Plus, Cattrall has been in a protracted feud with Parker, calling her a “hypocrite” and “cruel” in response to Parker sending her compassion after Cattrall’s brother was found dead in February 2018. “Let me make this VERY clear , “Cattrall seed to Parker on Instagram. “You are not my family. You’re not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop taking advantage of our tragedy to restore your ‘lovely girl’ persona. ”
Still, Cattrall’s absence from the restart did not go well. After all, how could one of the show’s most important characters be erased from a show based on the many years of friendships and dynamics between four women in New York City?
In the months since, things have not been much better, starting with the annoyingly slow sipling of casting updates. Announcements about which actors will reproduce their roles have been pulled out for no apparent reason.
It seemed pointless. Fans were sure that Chris Noth’s character of Mr. Big, Carrie’s biggest love interest, which she finally got married in the first SATC film, would certainly be strongly highlighted.
But Page six ran a report in February that Noth would not return, causing a collective eye roll among diehard fans. Had they not already endured six seasons of Carrie and Big going back and forth, seeing him stand up at the altar only for them to marry in a courthouse, Carrie would have resisted cheating on Big with his former fiancée Aiden Shaw (played by John Corbett)? Now, in restart, would he be written off?
The moans escalated when Corbett let go in April that he would get involved in the project, calling it “very exciting.”
Meanwhile, HBO Max became the mother of the cast except for Parker, Nixon and Davis. The only other update came in May, then grey’s Anatomy alum Sara Ramírez was cast to play Che Diaz, Carrie’s co-host of the non-binary, stand-up comedian.
The move was a signal from executive producer Michael Patrick King that the reboot was aimed at correcting the clock from its past. Over the years is the original Sex and the City run has been widely criticized for its lack of diversity and comments that turned against homophobia.
A few days after Ramirez’s announcement, Daily Mail announced that nothing was returns after all to the series, as does David Eigenberg’s character of Steve Brady, Miranda’s husband. When HBO Max was asked about the news, reps said the report was unconfirmed.
Days later, Noth’s cast was official. “How could we ever make a new chapter of Sex and the City story without our Mr. Big? “King wrote complacently in the press release.
In June, the additional permanent members were finally confirmed: Mario Cantone would reprise his character of Anthony Marentino, Willie Garson was back as Stanford Blatch, and Evan Handler continued where he left off as Charlotte’s husband Harry Goldenblatt.
With the casting square away, it seemed like there would be no more surprises when filming began in July in New York City. But almost immediately, photos of the women on set began to appear in the tabloids. Eager fashion stores were quick to dissect costumes, pointing out Easter eggs and tributes to iconic looks from previous seasons.
Even pedestrians began snapping photos and submitting their observations to DeuxMoi – a wildly popular Instagram account that is as close as the world is going to get to a real gossip girl. An eagle-eyed fan captured Natasha Naginsky’s previously unannounced guest performance – Big’s second wife.
So in the biggest leak to date, Page six managed to get a sneaky glimpse of the script – apparently from a highly zoomed-in paparazzi image that revealed that Carrie is about to divorce Big and the two are fighting for their finances.
“I recorded the podcast, I washed my hair,” Carrie complains to Miranda, Charlotte and Stanford, according to the script’s dialogue. “Yes, I did not eat or sleep, but at least I was happy with my marriage. Now am I just one of the wives he took care of? ”
Filming is not even past a month’s mark. But with a constant stream of leaks, it grows tedious to try to avoid spoilers left and right. With only 10 new episodes to catch up with Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte after nearly a decade, the artificial suspense and unintentional spoilers deprive fans of a chance to be truly amazed with their big updates.
A restart should be exciting for fans and give them something new to look forward to. But where is it fun to know all the twists and turns in a limited series, even before it has a prize date set in stone?
If And just like that finally hoping to end the stories of his beloved characters in an entertaining way for his audience, it is necessary to squeeze down the leaks and tighten the set during the filming. Otherwise, fans might pull a Samantha and also refuse to return.