The Sex and the City revival was just announced on January 10. I’m very excited about this, especially with my alter ego being named Bearie Bradshaw, however there are certain things that need to happen in order for it to be a success and a fabulous conclusion to a 20+ year phenomenon.
Cosmopolitans flowed and Manolo Blahnik’s were thrown on after news broke about the Sex and the City reboot over the weekend. The new chapter from this beloved series is titled And Just Like That with three of its four primary stars (Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis) returning to their iconic roles.
Kim Cattrall will not be back as PR maven Samantha Jones although that isn’t too surprising for any die hard fans out there. The 64-year-old has publicly said that she has zero plans to return to the franchise. There’s also that rumored feud with Carrie herself which SJP recently shot down on social media.
“No. I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would. Samantha isn’t part of this story,” she wrote on Instagram Sunday. “But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do. X.”
The story SJP is referring to will follow Carrie, Miranda Hobbes (Nixon) and Charlotte York-Goldenblatt (Davis) as they navigate love and friendship in their mid-50’s. According to Variety‘s reporting it will consist of 10 30-minute episodes with filming beginning in the spring.
So we finally are getting something new from Sex and The City years after waiting and ultimately being disappointed that a third movie was never made.
That being said, here are six things I hope they do in the reboot that will leave me (and hopefully many others) very satisfied.
1: A Fresh Start From Sex and the City 2. To be honest I never felt that it needed a sequel, or quite frankly a movie to begin with as the series concluded quite nicely. SATC 1 was great and, again, ended each character beautifully where they got what they wanted out of love and life.
SATC 2, however, was a s**tbomb that was awful for a zillion reasons. The girls became the most shallow version of themselves with the film reeking of horrible puns, borderline racism and a wealth-induced atmosphere that made it horrible from start to finish. I think this is why the fans were so desperate for a third movie so that they can get a much better conclusion compared to:
Charlotte not being insecure over a lesbian nanny.
Samantha’s menopause journey and all the awful humor that went with that.
Carrie cheating… AGAIN… except this time with Aidan (John Corbett).
Miranda quitting her job and getting overly excited for a camel ride.
Like come, on, do better. And here’s hoping they will by reverting them back to the three girls we knew and love many moons ago.
2: Fashion… But Make It Necessary. Fashion played a big part in SATC‘s success especially in the later years of the show. To me the best episodes from it happened before it became more about what the girls were wearing compared to the storylines which diminished (IMHO) after in season 6. Remember Berger? Eek.
Fashion designer Pat Field said in the past that the show was a fantasy whenever the question on how Carrie & the gals could afford their lifestyle was asked. And as someone who writes for six different publications and barely make ends meet, it’s something I wondered myself as the most I’ll spend on a good pair of shoes is $40 and not $400.
My hope is that the fashion is still there but not tooooo there. I’d rather them focus on the character development of the cast as opposed to Balenciaga, Gucci and YSL coming out of their lips in every other scene.
3: Don’t Kill Big (Chris Noth). The script for SATC 3 apparently was about Carrie dealing with Big’s death after he has a “heart attack in the shower” early in the film.
Big is too vital of a character to die unless they do The Golden Girls version of this show in 20-30 years. If they break up again, that’s fine, as it would be interesting to see Carrie as single during these modern times, but he still needs to be apart of this reboot in some way as you really can’t have SATC without him. You also can’t do this without Samantha, honestly, which leads me to point number four.
4: Don’t Kill Samantha. Fans are already pretty upset that they are moving forward with this without Kim. I hope that the writers and anyone behind the scenes of the show doesn’t just say, in episode one, “Samantha, just like her sex life when she landed in Abu Dhabi in SATC 2, is dead.”
Nope. Not happening. There needs to be a very good reason as to why she’s not apart of this story. I know there won’t be any montage of Samantha’s best moments, as that would be corny, but they need to figure out a way for us to grieve her not being there while being OK with us moving on with the other three.
5: No More Stanford & Anthony. I’d like to know what moron thought it was a good idea to have these two be a couple. They were a terrible mismatch from the jump similar to how I thought Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) were on Friends.
Also the whole storyline of Anthony (Mario Cantone) being allowed to cheat on Stanford (Willie Garson), which was also a discussion at their wedding, came off a highly insensitive and a mockery of gay stereotypes deep seeded in our community. Separate these two immediately, if they come back, and have them either find better partners of their own. If nothing else they will continue to be great (and very different) support systems for Carrie and Charlotte.
6: Contentment for Everyone. If this is truly the conclusion for these women then I hope they end them (again) in a blissful state of contentment. Not sure how that will be as of yet (duh) but we have all rooted for them in our own ways over the years and will continue to do so until Sex and the City really and truly says goodbye.
Couldn’t agree more Ryan! Great article!!!
Let’s wait and see… I too am anxiously waiting to see what’s next and truly hope it’s worth the hype.