The ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot: Michael Patrick King Recalls 1 ‘B*****’ Comment He Saw Online and What He Thinks It Says About Society

The announcement of the Sex and the City reboot in January 2021 excited most fans of the original series. The news also led to a ton of online commentary. While many fans were concerned about And Just Like That… premiering without one of its four main stars, other online critics focused on the age of the three actors who plan to reprise their role. Showrunner Micheal Patrick King honed in on one negative comment he saw online and what exactly it says about society. 

Michael Patrick King saw some comments about ‘And Just Like That’ that he considers “b*****’ 

Sex and the City found new life on streaming platforms. Like many shows from the 1990s, the series has picked up a slew of new fans. Those younger fans are just as loyal to the series as those who watched in real-time. Understandably, there was a lot of positive chatter when HBO Max announced the Sex and the City reboot. Not all the commentary was positive, though. 

Michael Patrick King and Sarah Jessica Parker look at a laptop together on the set of 'And Just Like That...', the 'Sex and the City' reboot in August 2021
Michael Patrick King and Sarah Jessica Parker | Gotham/GC Images

King recalled seeing one comment that likened the characters from Sex and the City to those who appeared on The Golden Girls. In a lengthy interview with Vogue, King said, “one b***** response online was people sharing pictures of the Golden Girls. And I was like, ‘Wow, so it’s either you’re 35, or you’re retired and living in Florida. There’s a missing chapter here.'” 

King, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis think there is another chapter between the two, and they plan to let it unfold on HBO Max. And Just Like That…, at its core, will be about the modern middle-aged woman. They are neither “youthifying” the series, nor are they aging it up. Instead, the series will explore women in their 50s. That is just as revolutionary today as the original series was back in the 1990s. 

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To be fair, there is a comparison between Carrie and Blanche Devereaux to be made. When And Just Like That.. premieres, Carrie and her pals will be the same age that Blanche Devereaux, and two of her three roommates were when The Golden Girls premiered. The lifestyles that the women enjoy, however, will be vastly different. You could use that same comparison to prove that life is very different for 50-something women today. 

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon are seen on the set of "And Just Like That..." the follow up series to "Sex and the City" in SoHo on July 20, 2021 in New York City
‘Sex and the City’ stars Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Cynthia Nixon | James Devaney/Getty Images

While the comment King mentioned might have come across as rude and indicated that women are seen as either young or old, you can flip the narrative. The Sex and the City reboot, depending on where the story takes Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, could prove, once and for all, that it is time to drop the “over the hill” anecdotes. Maybe, just maybe, the series will prove that women are valuable and sexy at any age. Shows like Grace and Frankie have tackled the issues that women in their 70s and 80s face. And Just Like That… could be the series that redefines what middle age really means.  

Sarah Jessica Parker hurries down the street while on the set of 'Sex and the City' in 2002. Carrie Bradshaw's hair is the shorrtest it has ever been in the series during season 5
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaws | James Devaney/WireImage

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King, Parker, and the rest of the cast are remaining tightlipped about the upcoming series. No one is sharing details of what the storyline will be, although fans of the original series seem to have their working theories. For now, we’ll need to wait, but the wait won’t be a long one. HBO Max announced that the series will be released in December 2021.