Sex and the City reboot: the lowdown on 'And Just Like That'

We're getting closer to the premiere! See who's joining the Sex and the City reboot and what Carrie and the girls look like now

 Sarah Jessica Parker seen on the set of Sex and the City reboot "And Just Like That..." in NoHo on July 14, 2021 in New York City
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Dig out your Manolo Blahniks! The Sex and the City reboot is on its way, and you'll soon be gallivanting all over New York with your favorite ladies (minus one).  

We know you can't help but wonder what SATC’s next chapter, titled And Just Like That, has in store. We reveal returning characters, new faces, grown-up kids, possible plot points and everything else true Bradshaw devotees need to know.

Ready to dive in?

Here's your first look at the Sex and the City reboot:

HBO is very good at trolling eager fans. On July 9, 2021, the network decided to treat us to a tiny sneak peek of the cast and crew as they began production. In true SATC fashion, it was a glamorous affair! (Did you get a load of that gingham?)

Our favorite ladies Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis each posted a photo of their first day back on set, and social media naturally swooned.

SJP took to Instagram to give followers a little tease with the caption: “AND JUST LIKE THAT, we find ourselves on this street called Perry the night before it all begins again.” Shouting out SATC executive producer Michael Patrick King, Parker continued: "MPK, here we go. And I’m thrilled and terrified." 

Several of her Sex and the City costars seconded the sentiment. Kristin Davis commented "Hahaha- ME Too xoxo❤️," while Willie Garson—who played the fashionable Stanford Blatch in the series and films—excitedly added, "Let's go!!!"

Sneak peeks continued to roll out throughout the summer, and everyone was grateful that they had an opportunity to take a gander and make their predictions about Carrie's fate. Plus, it was refreshing to see some of our favorite returning characters, including the beloved Stanford Blatch, of course!

Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson seen on the set of "And Just Like That..." the follow up series to "Sex and the City" at the Lyceum Theater on July 24, 2021 in New York City.

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Eagle-eyed fans also spotted the return of Carrie Bradshaw's iconic flower brooch, which is a motif we see throughout the original series. Fans reckon this could hint at trouble in paradise for Carrie and Big.

Sarah Jessica Parker films scenes for 'And Just Like That' on July 23, 2021 in New York City.

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On August 2, 2021, fans caught Carrie and Big (SJP and Chris Noth) filming the reboot in Manhattan. Naturally, Carrie looked as stylish as ever in a polka-dot outfit. However, fans were particularly interested in what Carrie wasn't wearing—her wedding ring.

Many assume there will be trouble in paradise, especially considering his ex, Natasha Naginsky (played by Bridget Moynahan) is expected to make an appearance. Guess we had to expect some sort of drama to unfold, right?

Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth are seen at the film set of the 'And Just Like That' in Chelsea, Manhattan on August 02, 2021 in New York City

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Sex and the City reboot: what is it about?

We're looking at a continuation of the girls’ friendship—minus Samantha—in New York City. And yes, the effects of COVID will reportedly be playing a part.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, we will see how things unfold for the ladies now that they are in their 50's. 

The entertainment outlet notes that it'll examine the "even more complicated reality of life and friendship," which gives us the feeling that there will definitely be a few messes here and there, especially given that the quartet is now a trio. 

When is the 'And Just Like That' release date?

Drumroll, please! HBO Max has confirmed that And Just Like That will be heading to TV screens in fall 2021, quite a quick turnaround considering everything only got underway this summer, but we'll take it!

At some point between September and November, fans will be treated to the 10-episode revival, though a specific date is still TBD. HBO certainly likes to keep us on our toes. 

The company's head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, says: “I grew up with these characters, and I can't wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humor and the beloved city that has always defined them.” We can relate!

Sex and the City revival—how it all began

Sarah Jessica Parker, the iconic Carrie Bradshaw, loved teasing the project on social media. She sent fans into a tailspin earlier this year when she revealed on Instagram that the popular series was indeed making a comeback, confirming all of the theories that had been circulating. Although the story will continue without one of the show's iconic main gals, there's still plenty to unfold. 

Will Kim Cattrall return for the Sex and the City reboot?

Sorry, SATC fans, you won't be seeing Samantha Jones this time around. 

The franchise’s continuation without Kim Cattrall is a significant loss that cannot be overlooked. Her fiery portrayal of Samantha Jones brought a whole load of independent woman vibes that will truly be missed. 

However, this news doesn't come as a surprise to those who are familiar with the series. Cattrall and Parker have reportedly been at odds with one another for years, and the former has been quoted in many publications stating that she's ready to move on from the role. (Psst, this also means no Smith, played by actor Jason Lewis). 

It certainly won't be the same, but then again, things can change in a New York minute.

How are they explaining Samantha's absence?

Sadly for those hoping for some dramatic backstory of what happened to Samantha Jones—the showrunners have chosen an explanation that mirrors the real-life experience of the stars.

HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys hinted to TV Line that Samantha will be depicted as having drifted away from the group. He said, "Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave, friendships fade and new friendships start."

He continued, "So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life. They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50.”

Other details about Samantha, however, have not been revealed. 

Who will return for the Sex and the City reboot?

Expect a lot of familiar faces and the re-emergence of one or two ex-boyfriends. (Are you surprised?) Charlotte's husband Harry (Evan Hedler) has been confirmed as making a return, as has Mr. Big himself (Chris Noth). And it just wouldn't be Sex and The City without Carrie's BFF Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson).

See the full list of returning characters below.

  • Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)
  • Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) 
  • Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) 
  • Aidan Shaw (John Corbett)
  • Mr Big (Chris Noth) 
  • Steve Brady (David Eigenberg)
  • Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler)
  • Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson)
  • Mario Cantone (Anthony Marentino)
  • Natasha Naginsky (Bridget Moynahan)

Plus, expect to see Charlotte and Miranda's kids all grown up. You'll be shocked at how much time has gone by when you realize Lily, Rose and Brady are practically adults. 

According to E! News, Cathy Ang will play Lily Goldenblatt, Alexa Swinton will play Rose Goldenblatt and Niall Cunningham will play Brady Hobbes. We're even treated to a newcomer, as far as the youngest generation is concerned: Cree Ciccino will play Brady's girlfriend, Luisa Torres.

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Evan Handler, Cynthia Nixon and David Eigenberg are seen filming "And Just Like That..." the follow up series to "Sex and the City" on July 23, 2021 in New York City

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Patricia Field, who has been the costume designer for the SATC movies, will not be making a return, according to Harper's Bazaar. But thankfully the omission is for a good reason—she will be working on creator Darren Star's other show, Emily in Paris! (Psst: check out everything you need to know about Emily in Paris season 2 while you're at it!) 

Sad news for 'SATC' fans 

Ahead of the fall premiere of the reboot, fans were given an unfortunate update: Willie Garson, the beloved Stanford Blatch, passed away on September 21, 2021 at 57 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

In a tragic post, Garson's son Nathen shared the news with his Instagram followers: 

"I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it’s time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You’ll always be with me. Love you more than you will ever know and I’m glad you can be at peace now," he wrote. 

Upon the news, the SATC stars shared their condolences for Garson and his family. 

"So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson," Cynthia Nixon tweeted. "We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always."

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Though Kim Cattrall has distanced herself from the series and chose not to participate in the reboot, she extended her condolences on social media. 

"Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo," she wrote. 

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While paying tribute to Garson and his role as a single father, Kristin Davis wrote on Instagram: "I am thankful for all of the time we had and grateful that so much of your bright light is on film forever."

Mac Antone, Garson's fictional enemy-turned-hubby, was devastated by the loss. 

"I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness," he wrote on Instagram.

Sex and the City reboot: Who’s joining the cast?

Sara Ramirez will join the SATC crew as Che Diaz, a non-binary, standup comedian who identifies as queer. Che crosses paths with Carrie, who appears on their podcast.

“Sara is a one-of-a-kind talent, equally at home with comedy and drama – and we feel excited and inspired to create this new character for the show,” Michael Patrick King revealed to Deadline

According to Glamour, Karen Pitman, star of The Morning Show will also be joining the cast and is set to play Dr. Nya Wallace, a Columbia Law School professor. 

Homeland's Sarita Choudhury will star as Seema Patel, a real estate broker and Empire's Nicole Ari Parker will join the cast as Lisa Todd Wexley, a mother and documentarian—so though we will miss Samatha, we have plenty of new characters to fall in love with. 

Although Lily, Rose, and Brady aren't new characters, their new leads are making their debut in the reboot: Cathy Ang (Lily Goldenblatt), Alexa Swinton (Rose Goldenblatt), and Niall Cunningham (Brady Hobbes).