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By Isabel Jones
Updated Apr 15, 2021 @ 3:30 pm
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And just like that … three beloved ladies who lunch announced plans to return to our screens.

2021 is clearly making moves to redeem itself with Sunday's groundbreaking announcement. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) are back for more hijinks and Manolos in HBO Max's reboot of Sex and the City.

Here's everything we know about the next chapter.

It's Not Called Sex and the City

The series is ditching the name that propelled it through six seasons and two movies. The reboot, which takes a line from narrator Carrie herself, is titled And Just Like That … And, a testament to the show's 2021-ness, it already has an Instagram account.

Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) "Isn't Part of This Story"

A third SATC film was derailed in the mid-twenty-teens, reportedly due to Cattrall's "outrageous demands." The pot was further stirred when the actress publicly declared that she and her fellow Cosmo-sippers had "never been friends." Things only escalated from there, reaching a fever pitch when Parker sent her condolences after Cattrall's brother passed away. Still, it remained a one-sided battle, with only Cattrall launching verbal grenades.

There have been many proposals regarding a Cattrall-less SATC. The actress herself suggested the role be recast with a woman of color. Fans campaigned for Nixon's Ratched co-star Sharon Stone to take up the mantle. Ultimately, the project was abandoned, which doesn't sound like the worst thing considering Samantha's storyline allegedly revolved around Miranda's 14-year-old son having a crush on her … *Cringe.* 

Ultimately, though, the plot will say that the friends just grew a part. "

"Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave,"  HBO's Casey Bloys told TVLine. "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."

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Parker responded to a couple of fans who shared their thoughts about the absence of Cattrall's tag in the teaser she posted on Instagram. When one fan implied that Cattrall wasn't tagged because she and Parker "dislike each other," Parker set the record straight. "No. I don't dislike her. I've never said that. Never would," she wrote. "Samantha isn't part of this story. But she will always be a part of us. No matter where we are or what we do.

Another fan wrote that she'd miss Samantha. Parker commiserated. "We will too," she commented. "We loved her so."

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Cattrall has yet to say anything publicly, but did like a tweet on Twitter that read, "I absolutely love Sex and the City, and whilst I am saddened that Samantha will not return, I applaud doing what is best for you and think this is great example of putting yourself first. Well done @KimCattrall."

Mr. Big (Chris Noth) Will Reportedly Not Be in the Reboot

According to Page Six, Noth will not be reprising his role of Mr. Big, Carrie's longtime love interest and eventual husband. In 2010's movie sequel the two were having marital problems but ultimately decided to work things out.

We couldn't help but wonder why Big will be skipping the reunion. Perhaps his on-and-off relationship with Carrie finally reached its peak after years of back and forth and a ditched-at-the-altar situation on their first attempt at a wedding? Could furniture-making fan-favorite Aidan (John Corbett) be waiting in the wings??

Still, after reports broke that he wouldn't be in the reboot, Noth began replying to distressed Instagram commenters who bemoaned his absence, hinting that fans might have some hope after all. In response to one commenter who begged him to "reconsider," "Well if page six says it... it must be true😉." Replying to another plea for him to bring back Mr. Big, he wrote, "Everything changes- including announcements in the rags."

It was reported that Miranda's husband, Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), wouldn't be returning to the series either. However, Page Six said a rep confirmed that he is in negotiations to appear in the series.

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John Corbett Confirmed That He'll Be Back

Aiden Shaw die-hards have reason to celebrate. Corbett's character will be back — and in more than just a cameo appearance.

"I'm going to do the show," he told Page Six. He added that he's set to be in more than just one episode, saying, "I think I might be in quite a few. I like all those people, they've been very nice to me."

Shaw last appeared in the second SATC film, where he and Carrie had a meal together and shared a kiss when the main foursome took a trip to Abu Dhabi.

"They were always cordial," he said of his time on set. "Cordial with me. I got to know the other girls because when you show up for work, you've got to wait a few hours while they finish up a scene, but we always had nice chats and hugs. I never saw it or heard about it."

Justin Theroux Is Ready to Join

E! News reports that Justin Theroux, who played two different characters (Jared, a writer, and Vaughn Wysel, another writer) during the show's original run, would be happy to return.

"Yeah, of course I would love to," he said while promoting Apple TV+'s The Mosquito Coast. "If they wanted to have me, I'd do Sex and The City again."

He reflected back on his time with the cast, saying that he loved working with SJP, Valerie Harper, who played his character's mother, and the show's writing team.

"I got to work with the beautiful and hilarious Valerie Harper, who I love, and of course Sarah Jessica, who's such a shiny penny and so much fun to work with, so great," he added. "Those writers on that show were hilarious."

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The Plot Sounds Familiar

The show is described on IMDb as following the remaining three friends "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." So, yes, classic SATC plus smartphones and an influx of AARP mailers.

Production Begins Soon

Variety reports that the series, comprised of 10 half-hour episodes, will begin production in late spring (in N.Y.C., of course).

The Show's 3 Stars Will Be Enjoying a Hefty Payday

Parker, Nixon, and Davis, all of whom will also serve as executive producers on the series, are reportedly set to make more than $1 million per episode of the show.

It Will Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Sarah Jessica Parker revealed that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will "obviously be part of the storyline" in the upcoming SATC reboot.

"That's the city [these characters] live in, and how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all," she told the publication.

SJP added, "I think that Cynthia [Nixon], Kristin [Davis], and I are all excited about the time that has passed," Parker told Vanity Fair. "You know, who are they in this world now? Have they adapted? What part have they played? Where have they fallen short as women, as friends, and how are they finding their way? Did they move with momentum? Are they like some people who are confused, threatened, nervous [by what's happening in the world]? I'm so curious and excited to see how the writers imagine these women today."

HBO Max Announced a Very Diverse Writing Team

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According to TV Line, original SATC showrunner Michael Patrick King will be returning to And Just Like That … in addition to writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. However, new faces on the team are very diverse. The fresh names include comedian and author Samantha IrbyFresh Off the Boat co-executive producer Rachna Fruchbom, and Black Lightning writer Keli Goff. The site adds that King faced criticism for the lack of diversity on Sex and the City's initial run both in front of and behind the cameras.

Irby, who is also credited as co-producer, wrote the New York Times bestsellers Meaty, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, and Wow, No Thank You. Fruchbom, who will also serve as the show's co-executive producer, has previously written for Parks and Recreation. Goff, a contributor to Essence and Vogue, was nominated for two Emmys for her work producing Reversing Roe.

This story will be updated.