Can 'Sex And The City', a series very closely associated with a certain era, still surprise in a very different time?
A follow-up series to the popular HBO show is now in development, with Deadline reporting this week that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content will develop a TV series based on the upcoming book, Is There Still Sex in the City? The book, which comes out in August, is by Candace Bushnell, the writer and former newspaper columnist whose work was the inspiration for the original series.
The book, according to Deadline, “follows Bushnell’s piercing, sly, and sometimes heartbreaking look at sex, dating, and friendship in New York City after 50.”
The Deadline story does not say where the show will air, but because the original Sex and the City home, HBO, is not one of the listed production entities, it’s probably not there. There’s also no word on casting, or if any of the four actresses from the original series will be taking part. It is clear that neither Darren Star, who created the original show, or Michael Patrick King, who was its showrunner for most of the show’s original run, is involved with the new series. Star had even said last year that he was “100% open” to a revival of the series.
Sex and the City ran on HBO from 1998 through 2004, and became one of the more influential TV series of the past 25 years. It was much more frank about sexuality than most female-focused shows had been up until that time, and it also depicted a certain New York City lifestyle that an entire generation of women sought to replicate. It’s fashions were closely followed, and the show made the reputations of a long list of restaurants and other establishments in New York.
The show led to a pair of movies, in 2008 and 2010, and a prequel series on The CW, called The Carrie Diaries.
Aside from the involvement of the original cast, and because Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall reportedly hate each other, it’s to be assumed they won’t both be back – however, one big question facing the new Sex and the City will be how it can stay relevant in a very different era. Can the show still push the envelope when it comes to sexuality? Can it fit as easily into the political climate of the current day, especially when conventional wisdom about feminism has changed so much?
There has been no word on when the new Sex and the City show will arrive.