Questions We Have About the 'Sex and the City' Revival

HBO Max announced that new episodes of 'SATC' are on the way.

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I couldn’t help but wonder, now that everything’s getting a reboot, how haven’t the folks at HBO figured out a way to get more Sex and the City on the air? And just like that… HBO Max has announced that Carrie Bradshaw and her friends-well, two of them-are returning for a limited series titled, And Just Like That…

On Sunday, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon all posted Instagram teasers for the upcoming limited series, which is named for one of Carrie’s turns of phrase, and finally put an end to speculation about a reunion. But the announcement also elicited many questions, starting with the most obvious one: What has become of Samantha? For now, let’s put the pieces together. 

What will And Just Like That… be about?

According to a press release, And Just Like That… will be a 10-episode limited series executive-produced by longtime showrunner Michael Patrick King that will follow writer Carrie, gallerist Charlotte and lawyer Miranda “as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.” Beyond that, it’s unclear where our heroines will be in their lives. Is Carrie still married to Big? How are Charlotte and Harry and Miranda and Steve doing? These questions have yet to be answered, but one thing is for sure. Samantha will not be present.

Wait-why no Samantha?

Though she is persona non grata in the press release, various reports have officially confirmed that Kim Cattrall, who has long maintained she has zero interest in doing any more Sex and the City, will not be participating. So where is Samantha? What would explain her absence? Did she… die? (She did have breast cancer in the final season.) It seems like this particular detail might not have been ironed out yet. When writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner posted a call for “your suggested plotline that explains Samantha’s absence” on Twitter, Parker herself responded: “Pen and paper at ready. X”

Is this the long-awaited Sex and the City 3?

Well, it’s not another Sex and the City movie, but it is more Sex and the City so make of that what you will. Parker and her other returning cast members had been open about their desires to make another Sex and the City movie, but it seemed any hope for a threequel was quashed in 2017, when Parker confirmed “it’s over.” This came after a long and tedious gossip cycle during which Kim Cattrall made it very clear that she had no interest in returning, reigniting long standing suspicions of a feud between Cattrall and the rest of her coworkers. There was apparently a script for the movie which involved the death of Carrie’s husband Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and Miranda’s now-teenage son Brady sending nudes to Samantha (which… yikes). It’s unclear whether any of those plots will carry over into the HBO Max series sans Samantha.

Are the movies canon? 

Given that Michael Patrick King wrote and directed both of the SATC movies, don’t be surprised, but it’s still unclear. However, I’m certain that no one would mind if the widely reviled Sex and the City 2 was just removed entirely from cultural memory

Would the series have happened if Cynthia Nixon had been elected governor of New York? 

We’ll never know! Probably not. However, New York would also likely have legalized marijuana by now, so you win some, you lose some.

When will HBO Max release And Just Like That…

A premiere date hasn’t been set, but shooting of the ten half-hour episodes is supposed to begin this spring.

Can you link out that video of Kim Cattrall scatting? 

Sure. It’s always worth a watch.Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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