We couldn't help but wonder, "Will there be an And Just Like That season 2?" after the final episode of the Sex and the City reboot dropped on Thursday, February 3 on HBO Max.
Across ten episodes, the much-anticipated reboot—which first premiered on December 9, 2021—caught audiences up with the franchise's beloved leading ladies Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York Goldenblatt (alas, no Samantha Jones), now in their 50s, and also introduced fans to a new crop of New York women, including Sarita Choudhury as Seema Patel, Nicole Ari Parker as Lisa Todd Wexley and Sara Ramirez as the very divisive Che Diaz.
However lovely as it was to visit old friends like Stanford Blatch and Steve Brady on our screens, And Just Like That was afflicted with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, who cited awkward writing, off-brand characterization and inelegant attempts to bring the franchise into the "woke" 2020s. (If And Just Like That gets a second season, it needs to handle race better, our writer Kui Mwai demands.)
That's not to mention the off-set drama. Beyond Kim Cattrall's refusal to join the reboot, there was also the very serious matter of the sexual assault allegations levied against actor Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big on the O.G. series as well as the first episode of And Just Like That. Noth and his character were meant to pop up in the finale episode, having filmed with Sarah Jessica Parker in Paris back in October 2021, but those scenes were cut out of the final product amidst the scandal news.
So, with all of that in mind, will we get an And Just Like That season 2 or is the HBO reboot over after only one season? Here is what we know.
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Will there be an 'And Just Like That' season 2?
Don't start crying into your Cosmos just yet, friends! A season two of And Just Like That is officially on the horizon.
Talk of a sophomore season was initially halted back when the Noth allegations dropped in December, with a source telling Us Weekly (opens in new tab): “There was talk about doing another season, but after the past few days all those conversations have stopped. Everyone is raw.”
Sarah Jessica Parker, an executive producer on the series as well as its star, was said to be particularly distraught by the news: “She is fiercely protective of Carrie Bradshaw and livid that she and everyone else at the show has been put into this position," the insider told the outlet. "It is not about the money, but rather her legacy. Carrie was all about helping women and now, under her watch, women are saying that they have been hurt.”
However, a mere few weeks later, it looks like the And Just Like That team is singing another tune and season two is back on the table. The show was officially picked up again by HBO on Tuesday, March 22.
"I am delighted and excited to tell more stories about these vibrant, bold characters—played by these powerful, amazing actors," executive producer Michael Patrick King said in a statement. "The fact is, we're all thrilled. And Just like That… our Sex life is back."
Sarah Aubrey, the Head of Original Content at HBO Max, said that the team is "delighted by the cultural conversation generated by these characters and their stories, set in a world we already know and love so much," per People (opens in new tab).
Aubrey added: "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!"
“It always felt exciting to play Carrie,” Parker said to Variety. “To consider doing it again and to be on the set, it felt really good.”
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When will 'And Just Like That' season 2 air?
As the official pick-up was only announced on March 22 and production hasn't yet begun on the show's sophomore season, the powers that be have not yet released a premiere date, but we'll keep let you know ASAP!
Who will be in 'And Just Like That' season 2?
Well, we can tell you who won't be in it. Tragically, the late, great Willie Garson, who played Carrie's BFF Stanford Blatch, passed away during the filming of the revival, having to step away from production after just three episodes of And Just Like That due to his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
King revealed to Variety that Garson's character was meant to be in all 10 episodes of the season, with Blatch meant to go through a midlife crisis. "There was a series of really fun, flirty, hilarious confidante scenes with Carrie that I loved," King said. "That old, old, very specific chemistry that Carrie and Stanford have, which is based totally on the uniqueness of Willie and Sarah Jessica’s history."
Another character that you can count out is Noth's Mr. Big, who died in the reboot's first episode from a heart attack. Given that Noth's appearances in the season one finale were cut, it's safe to assume we won't be seeing any Mr. Big flashbacks in any future episodes.
And a third guarantee is Kim Cattrall, though the reboot frequently flirted with the character of Samantha Jones, having her send flowers to Big's funeral and showing Carrie try to make amends via text to her estranged friend, who relocated to London following a spat with the gals. Despite Samantha Jones living on, albeit distantly, in the Sex and the City universe, don't hold your breath for Cattrall to make a grand return should the series be picked up for a second season.
King told Variety: "There was no thought that Kim would ever participate in And Just Like That, because she’s said what she had said."
"The only place I participate in magical thinking is in fiction. You take people at their word, and you’re a smart producer—you don’t back yourself into a corner. Magically thinking, it’s great to have Samantha. I have no realistic expectation of Kim Cattrall ever appearing again."
All 10 episodes of And Just Like That are available for streaming on HBO Max.
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life.
More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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