HBO Max’s Sex and the City revival renewed for a second season

And Just Like That..., Season 2, Sex and the City, HBO Max

HBO Max announced on Tuesday that its Sex and the City revival series And Just Like That… has been renewed for a second season. During an interview with Deadline, executive producer Michael Patrick King and HBO/HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys crowed about the show’s outstanding performance. The duo boasted that And Just Like That… has become the most-viewed series premiere of a new original on the service and ranking in its top ten across all movie and series debuts. That’s not bad for a couple of ladies from the Big Apple that are still painting the town red with sexy shenanigans.

And Just Like That… finds Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis reprising their iconic roles from the original series, which aired from 1998-2004 on HBO. Having originally aired on HBO for six seasons and 94 episodes, Sex and the City focuses on four friends as they navigate the pitfalls of love and life in New York City. The series was created by Darren Star and is based on the Candace Bushnell novel of the same name. Packed with enough pratfalls, comedic sexploits, and dick jokes to make Eddie Murphy blush, Sex and the City starred Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes, Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, and Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones.

“I am delighted and excited to tell more stories about these vibrant, bold characters – played by these powerful, amazing actors. The fact is, we’re all thrilled. And Just like That… our Sex life is back,” King said in a statement.

“We have been delighted by the cultural conversation generated by these characters and their stories, set in a world we already know and love so much. We are proud of the work Michael Patrick King and our wonderful writers, producers, cast and crew have done to bring these stories to the screen. We can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store for season 2,” added Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content at HBO Max.

And Just Like That… was hit by some hard times after Chris Noth, who plays Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw’s husband, was accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Noth denied all charges lobbied against him, but HBO already made its decision to strike his character from the revival. Noth’s character was killed off in the first episode, and his surprise appearance in the Season 1 finale was edited out.

There was also the loss of Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blanch, Carrie’s best friend, in the series. Garson died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. He kept his illness a secret from everyone but Parker before he’d passed.

“We have no interest or plans in killing Stanford. None,” King told Deadline in February.

He added regarding whether Stanny could be in Japan indefinitely, “Maybe. People change. People live in different places. It’s not something we’ve even discussed at this point because it’s so sad. We had 10 full, authentic, hilarious episodes for Stanford. Those just went away and there’s nothing really juicy about a real death, fictional death you can build around. Everybody knows Willie is gone, so there’s no real trick that we would try to pull to make that non-reality. We can’t bring Willie back so I don’t think we would even attempt to bring Stanford back because that’s a lot.”

With another season on the way, there’s no telling what Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte could get up to next. I’m sure that fans are excited to find out, and now they will when And Just Like That… returns for another round of overpriced drinks, fashion faux pas, and dreams finally realized.


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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.