3 Things Fans Want To See in the Recently Announced ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot, ‘And Just Like That’
Sex and the City will return in a 10-episode reboot titled And Just Like That. The title is a nod to Carrie Bradshaw’s writing style in the original series, but fans wonder if the new label also indicates that the show will be vastly different. The short teaser posted by Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis gave absolutely nothing away. Still, fans already know what they want to see and what they don’t want to see from the reboot.
Fans of the original Sex and the City want to stay in one place
Sex and the City 2, the second film adaptation of the series, didn’t really hit with fans. Since its 2010 release, everyone has hashed out exactly what went wrong with the film. Fans largely agree that the movie’s biggest misstep was its choice of location. The majority of the movie did not take place in New York City. It has been argued that New York City was the fifth main character of the show, so basing the film elsewhere felt inauthentic.
With the new episodes forthcoming, fans of the original series are set on keeping Manhattan as a main character. They are hoping Michael Patrick King and the production team will avoid any unnecessary travel. They just want to see Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte living their lives in the city that they all love so much.
Fans want to see the show take itself seriously, and it is possible they will get just that
Aside from serious location issues, Sex and the City 2 suffered because it didn’t take itself seriously enough. Vogue argues that for a reboot to work, the show needs to take on a more serious tone. Fans largely agree. Sure, Sex and the City was never a drama, but it did offer important commentary about life and dating in the early 2000s in a major metropolis. And Just Like That would need to strike a balance between nostalgic fun and social commentary to be a success.
The title might hint at exactly that. HBO’s decision to rebrand the series with a new name suggests that they might plan on going in a different direction. The title, And Just Like That, also hints at some sudden shakeup. Fans wonder if a character will die, get divorced, or deal with some other type of serious trauma. The teaser doesn’t reveal anything, so fans will just need to wait and see.
Fans are mostly over the big drama, though
One thing fans of the original series aren’t crazy about seeing is more drama surrounding Mr. Big. There was a lot of talk that Sex and the City 3 would have opened with the sudden death of Carrie’s big love if it had been made. The storyline is bandied about as if it is canon, but the truth is, no one is entirely sure what the script was going to look like when all was said and done. Either way, the team behind Sex and the City has another chance to bring fans something magical. Hopefully, they don’t fall back on the tried, but very tired, drama between Mr. Big and Carrie.
Fans largely agree that breaking the pair apart would be less than ideal, as would Big’s sudden death. Simply put, they aren’t storylines that sit well with the show’s original viewership. That doesn’t mean the title isn’t alluding to a big change. The writing team may deal with Kim Cattrall’s refusal to participate in the series by killing off her character. The sudden death of Samantha Jones would certainly rock the show’s audience.