When TV critics talk about the early forerunners of prestige TV on HBO, they usually mention the male-dominated Oz and The Sopranos. But it was Sex & The City that put HBO Originals on the map. The series starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon as four single women trying to find love and success in NYC. It was a cultural phenomenon where everyone sorted themselves into Carries, Samanthas, Charlottes, and Mirandas. But is Sex & The City getting a reboot without Samantha? Elite Daily reached out to HBO for a statement but did not hear back by press time.
The joy of Sex & The City was its brash and bold look at women’s sex and love lives. The fab four at the center each represented a variation on the four common stereotypes. Carrie (Parker) was the dreamy writer looking for love in all the wrong places, endlessly getting dumped. Samantha (Cattrall) was the alpha female, dominating her partners and attempting to "be the man" of the relationship; Charlotte (Davis) was the spoiled princess looking for someone to take care of her. Miranda (Nixon) was a workaholic lawyer who needed a wife.
The series was so popular it ran six seasons and a movie (actually two movies). But it’s been a decade since the second film. The one attempted prequel, The Carrie Diaries, only lasted one season on The CW. With HBO Max looking at franchises to revive for streaming series, doing a Sex & The City reboot, bringing back the original cast, seems logical.
But there seems to be a catch. According to TVLine, HBO Max is circling a deal with Parker to bring back the comedy franchise. The new version would come back as a "limited series," a quasi-Season 7, if you will, checking in on the ladies a decade on. But only Parker, Davis, and Nixon would return in their signature roles.
Actress Kim Cattrall has openly stated she has no desire to revive the series or return as Samantha after the second film flopped. But can a version of Sex & The City work without Samantha? The show’s dirty little secret was that even though Carrie was the show’s supposed center, fans tuned in for Samantha. Her character was a necessary foil for Carrie’s starry-eyed idealism. Bringing the show back without her will cause plenty of controversy, should it go forward. But perhaps that’s what a show which thrived on such things during its early years is looking for.
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