We know that Sex and the City is officially getting a revival on HBO Max
— titled And Just Like That… — and that Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis will all return, while Kim Cattrall shall not.
Back in February, HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys spoke about the absence of one of the fab four to TV Line saying, “Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start.
“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.”
Now we’ve had some time to digest the fact that Samantha Jones will not be returning to regale us with salacious stories from her adventurous sex life, it’s time to start thinking about which supporting characters might be gracing our screens once more.
John Corbett as Aidan Shaw
Look, I’m not going to mince words here. Carrie was a fool to let Aidan go. He was sexy-as-hell, forgave her for cheating, made gorgeous furniture and was a dog lover for Pete’s sake (please tell me you got that.)
But Carrie just ditched him like a pair of last season Manolos to be with Mr Big aka John who had no dogs, made no tasteful furniture that perfectly embodied a mix of vintage and Mid-Century and broke Carrie’s heart about trillion times.
However, maybe in the reboot she can rectify her mistakes and give things another go with her almost-husband as it’s been reported that Aidan, played by John Corbett, will be making an appearance in And Just Like That…
Corbett told Page Six, “I’m going to do the show” adding, “I like all those people, they’ve been very nice to me.” Corbett told the publication that he is going to be in “quite a few” of the ten episodes that make up the limited series, referring to the opportunity as “exciting.”
Chris Noth as John James Preston aka Mr Big
Chris Noth has proven to be as vague and infuriating as his television alter-ego when it has come to confirming whether or not he was returning to the reboot.
The actor did shut down rumours that his character had been killed off in one version of the script for the doomed Sex and the City 3 movie, telling Page Six, “He wasn’t going to die. There’s no way he was dying. That was all a lie.”
Sarah Jessica Parker also remained elusive when asked if her onscreen husband would be returning, simply saying “Wait and see” which is about as helpful as the heart attack that was allegedly going to kill Big in the third movie.
Thankfully, we now have confirmation that John James Preston will indeed be part of the show, with executive producer Michael Patrick King saying, “I’m thrilled to be working with Chris again on And Just Like That… How could we ever do a new chapter of the Sex And The City story without our Mr Big?”
David Eigenberg as Steve Brady
Eigenberg confirmed that he had been asked to reprise his role as Miranda’s husband Steve, telling E! News’ Daily Pop that he was “pretty sure” he was going to be working on the show and that he was excited by the prospect.
“We never established whether he was Brady Hobbs or Brady Brady Hobbs or Brady Hobbs Brady,” he joked, referring to Steve and Miranda’s son. “So I’m really hoping to see that we’re all going to be together.”
The actor has since been confirmed for the reboot.
Seeing as Steve is a bar owner, it would be an interesting arc to see how his character copes with the pandemic-induced shutdown that saw bars across New York close and the hospitality industry experience rampant unemployment.
Or, you know — just ten more episodes of him shooting hoops and wearing glasses and just being classic Steve works too.
Mario Cantone as Anthony Marentino
We could not be more thrilled that Cantone will reprise his role as Charlotte’s acid-tongued best friend Anthony.
This character hands down served up some of the best one-liners during the series and was the perfect, tell-it-like-it-is foil for Charlotte’s Upper East Side properness.
Let’s hope that being a married man has not dimmed Anthony’s wit, because we sorely need more quotes like, “Ed Harris? More like Ed-I-Have-No- Hair-is!” — which is, incidentally, what he said when he met his TV husband Stanford for the first time.
Willie Garson as Stanford Blatch
This brings us to the next returning cast member, Stanford — a man who once dated a hunk whose abs you could, according to Nathan Lane, grate cheese on and who was so fabulous he rocked a fuschia Oswald Boateng shirt and matching beret.
You’ll well remember that in Sex and the City 2, Stanford and Anthony got married in Connecticut with Liza Minelli officiating and a choir of hot young men singing them down the aisle (which was a bridge over an indoor moat!) so we can only assume life has been something of a let-down for these two since.
Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt
Ah, Harry — or, seeing as this show seems to love making fun of baldness, “Hairy” as Charlotte once referred to him — how could we have a reboot without this lovable character?
Sure, he may be prone to sitting his bare ass on white furniture, is, apparently, incapable of putting his tea bags in the bin and was an irresponsible dog owner who didn’t get Elizabeth Taylor desexed, but he was also incredibly patient with Charlotte who (let’s be real) can be kind of a royal pain in the ass.