HBO Max renewed the S*x and the City spinoff series And Just Like That… for a second season on Tuesday.
In conversations with Deadline, both series executive producer Michael Patrick King and HBO/HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys gushed about the show’s success.
It was a success for the streamer, being the most-watched series launch of a new original on the platform and placing in the top 10 of all movie and series premieres.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis reprise their roles from the original HBO series, which ran from 1998 to 2004.
While the first series chronicled the women’s journey from the complex reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s, the revival focused on the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 60s.
“I’m thrilled and anxious to continue telling tales about these vivid, fearless individuals – as portrayed by these tremendous, incredible performers. The truth is that we are all delighted.
“We have been pleased by the cultural discourse sparked by these people and their tales, set in a world we already know and love,” added Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s Head of Original Content.
We are extremely pleased with Michael Patrick King and our incredible authors, producers, performers, and crew for bringing these stories to life. We can’t wait for fans to see what season 2 has in store!”
The series also had difficulties after actor Chris Noth was accused of s*xual abuse by numerous women. Noth has repeatedly pleaded not guilty to all accusations.
Before the claims, his persona Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw’s (Parker) husband, was murdered in the pilot episode. He was scheduled to make a surprise cameo in the season finale, shot in Paris, but he was cut out.
Additionally, Willie Garson’s devastating and surprising death occurred on September 21 while the program was in production. Garson, who died at the age of 57 of pancreatic cancer, shot many episodes of Season 1. Garson hid his ailment from everyone except Parker.
King confirmed to Deadline that they have no intentions to kill off his character Stanford Blatch, who was written off in episode 4 as traveling to Japan to accompany a prominent social media client on tour. Additionally, it was reported that he requested a divorce from his husband, Anthony (Mario Cantone).
“We have no desire or intention of assassinating Stanford. King told Deadline in February that he had none.
In response to whether Stanny could remain in Japan indefinitely, he stated, “Maybe. Individuals evolve. Individuals reside in a variety of locations. We haven’t even discussed it since it’s so tragic. For Stanford, we produced ten complete, realistic, and entertaining episodes.
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Those have vanished, and there is nothing particularly interesting about a natural death, let alone a fake death, on which to create a story.
Because everyone knows Willie is gone, there is no true method we could use to make it a non-reality. We can’t bring Willie back, and I’m not sure we could bring Stanford back either because that’s a lot.”
Additionally, there were lingering suspicions about whether franchise star Kim Cattrall would make a surprise comeback following her decision not to reprise her role as public relations expert Samantha Jones in And Just Like That.
She does not, but her spirit is felt throughout the season through text messages she exchanges with Carrie.
Cattrall has since gone on with parts in Hulu’s How I Met Your Father and Peacock’s Queer as Folk.
Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Sara Ramirez, David Eigenberg, and Evan Handler round out the Season 1 cast.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, John Melfi, and Michael Patrick King served as executive producers for the debut season. King, Samantha Irby, Rachna Fruchbom, Keli Goff, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky contributed writing. King, Gillian Robespierre, Cynthia Nixon, Anu Valia, and Nisha Ganatra were among the directors.