‘Sex and the City’: How HBO Max Is Using the Spinoff To Compete With Other Streaming Services

Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis are all set to return for a reboot series on HBO. The show plans to follow Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Miranda Hobbes (Nixon), and Charlotte York (Davis) as they navigate their friendship in their 50s. 

Now that three of the actor who brought their iconic characters to life are coming back, HBO Max is rewarding them with paydays comparable to popular streaming services. 

Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis, recipients of the Ensemble Award, arrive at the ShoWest awards ceremony at the Paris Las Vegas during ShoWest, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, March 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis|Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The ‘Sex and the City’ reboot has a new name

Sex and the City first premiered on HBO on June 6, 1998. The show followed Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha’s (Kim Cattrall) careers, friendships, and love lives. After six seasons, Sex and the City ended in 2004. Several years later, two movies based on the series released in theaters. Following the two films, rumors swirled that a third Sex and the City movie was in the works. However, Parker confirmed that another installment wouldn’t happen. 

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While the third Sex and the City movie is still on the shelves, Parker shared in January 2021 that a revival series is in the works. Parker posted a teaser for the show on Instagram, which showed its new name. The reboot is titled And Just Like That, an ode to Carrie’s famous catchphrase. 

“I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ @HBOMax @JustLikeThatMax #AndJustLikeThat #SATCNextChapter,” Parker captioned underneath her Instagram post. 

How the ‘Sex and the City’ cast’s paydays affect HBO Max

According to Variety, And Just Like That will run for 10 episodes on HBO Max. The streaming service is the home to Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and HBO’s original content. For their part in the series, Parker, Nixon, and Davis will earn a reported $1 million per episode. Each actor is also an executive producer on the show. 

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The deal the cast members received through HBO Max has been popular among streaming services. Actors like Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Jennifer Aniston have received gigantic paydays to act on streamers like Hulu and Apple TV. According to E! News, Aniston, and Witherspoon received $1.25 million per episode for the first season of The Morning Show

Why you won’t see ‘Samantha’ on the ‘Sex and the City’ reboot

Unsurprisingly, many Sex and the City fans cheered about the revival underneath Parker’s post. However, several viewers expressed concern over what the series will be like without Samantha. According to multiple sources, Cattrall opted not to join And Just Like That. The decision came after years of rumors that the co-stars don’t get along in real life. 

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Parker briefly addressed Cattrall’s absence underneath her post. According to Entertainment Weekly, she responded to a commenter who implied she didn’t like Cattrall. The Hocus Pocus actor also shared that Cattrall’s character still plays a significant role in the show’s legacy. 

“No. I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would,” Parker replied. “Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do.”