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Sarah Jessica-Parker, left, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon arrive at the premiere of “Sex and the City 2″ in London. (Max Nash/AFP via Getty Images)
“Sex and the City” fans couldn’t help but wonder: What would a reboot of the popular HBO show look like? I have to close my rings shirt, hoodie, tank top
Seventeen years after the show concluded, we’re about to get an answer: On Sunday, HBO Max announced that three of the four best friends would be getting back together for a 10-episode reboot called “And Just Like That …”
What will it be without Kim Cattrall playing publicist Samantha Jones, the friend who was always pushing the rest of the crew to be more adventurous? Here’s a big clue: Sex has vanished from the show’s title.
Fans of the HBO hit, which ran from 1998 to 2004, expressed their displeasure on Twitter, responding with GIFs of Samantha saying “That’s just stupid,” wondering what the point is in reviving the show without Samantha, or suggesting the character get her own spinoff set in London. For years, Cattrall has made clear that she doesn’t want to be part of a third movie or a reboot.
But for Jennifer Armstrong, author of “Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love,” the change makes sense. While Armstrong says a show without Samantha “is very hard to imagine,” she notes that “characters, people, humans move on all the time. Friendships end.”
The show’s creators will account for Samantha’s absence in some way, Armstrong says: Maybe she drifted apart from the other women; maybe Samantha stayed in Los Angeles, where she had moved in the first “Sex and the City” movie; or maybe she bought a farmhouse in Upstate New York during the pandemic exodus. Armstrong notes that a group of friends not all being in the same place 17 years later is “more realistic” than if they had all been still friends and still living in New York.