HBO Max’s ‘Sex and the City’ Revival Will Include COVID-19

HBO‘s hit show Sex and the City remains popular over two decades after its premiere — so popular that the streaming giant is taking fans back into the world of SATC. The sequel series And Just Like That… will be a look into what life is like in today’s world for characters such as Carrie and Miranda.

Kim Cattrall, actress Kristin Davis, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and actress Cynthia Nixon attend the Screening of the Season Three Premiere of "Sex and the City" on Jue 1, 2000 at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles, California | Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
Kim Cattrall, actress Kristin Davis, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and actress Cynthia Nixon attend the Screening of the Season Three Premiere of “Sex and the City” on Jue 1, 2000 at the DGA Theatre in Los Angeles, California | Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

HBO Max is bringing back ‘Sex and the City’

Reboots and revivals are nothing new by this point. Several classic shows such as Will & Grace and Dynasty have been brought back in today’s world and show fans their beloved characters dealing with today’s issues.

HBO Max’s SATC revival, And Just Like That…, doesn’t seek to recreate the magic of the original series, but rather check in with the characters as they navigate life in their fifties.

'Sex and the City' cast
Cast members of the television series Sex and the City (L-R): Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall, Beverly Hills, California | Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images

The ‘Sex and the City’ revival will be a little different

While fans are excited to revisit the world of SATC, there’s one critical person who won’t be a part of the project. Kim Cattrall, who played the sharp-tongued Samantha, will not be returning to reprise her role.

There’s no indication that writers intend on replacing the role of Samantha, but Cattrall herself offered an idea about a potential replacement. In a 2017 interview with Piers Morgan, she was frank about what she thought: “Another actress should play it. Maybe they could make it an African American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones.”

In January 2021, Cattrall confirmed that And Just Like That… would center around the three OG characters of Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte. “We’re not looking to create a fourth character. We have New York City as the fourth character,” Cattrall told TMZ. “There will be lots of interesting, new characters we are super excited about.”

Left to right, actresses Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis pose for a portrait in an undated photo on the set of the HBO series "Sex and the City" | HBO/Getty Images
Left to right, actresses Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis pose for a portrait in an undated photo on the set of the HBO series “Sex and the City” | HBO/Getty Images

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‘And Just Like That…’ will take place in the time of COVID

There’s another big difference between And Just Like That… and the original Sex and the City. Unlike many other shows that have filmed during the time of COVID-19, the writers of And Just Like That… are making the pandemic a central part of the story.

Sarah Jessica Parker told Vanity Fair that COVID will “obviously be part of the storyline, because that’s the city [these characters] live in.” She added that the show will examine how the pandemic has changed relationships and friendships and has “great faith that the writers are going to examine it all.”