‘Sex and the City’ sequel seeks ‘Slow Burn’ affair with fans | California News

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By LYNN ELBER, AP TV Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Michael Patrick King wants record to show ‘Sex and the City’ had a ‘slow burn of a love affair’ with viewers poised to ultimately become an adored hit .

The executive producer’s motive: that his sequel to HBO Max, “And just like that …”, have a chance to prove itself. Following its two-episode debut last week, the other eight arrive on consecutive Thursdays.

“You’ve seen a few episodes of our show; you saw six seasons “of the original 1998-2004 comedy about thirty-something friends in New York City,” said King, who was a screenwriter, director and executive producer on “Sex and the City.”

“I’m confident to come back with these actresses – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon – because I knew they could play whatever we and the writers came up with,” he said.

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A “bold story” meant to grab the public’s attention also gave King assurance that the sequel was a good idea. Spoiler alert: This daring encompasses a major twist in episode one and its fallout, discussed below.

King, interviewed the day after the show started, could be forgiven for some defensiveness. Critics and some viewers took issue with his somber tone as he revisited his characters in his 50s, unlike his dashing predecessor.

Viewers had a lot to complain and chew on in the first few episodes. Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall in “Sex and the City”, is in the sequel in name only. Willie Garson, who was on both series (and films) as Stanford, was lost to pancreatic cancer after recording part of the sequel. And in this version, diversity takes place at the table.

Here’s what King and the cast had to say about their resurrected adventure. Yes, the characters still revel in the dizzying indulgence of fashionistas, but there’s also a new, sometimes excruciatingly awkward, awakening.

The first episode ended with John aka Mr. Big (Chris Noth) suffering a heart attack after intense Platoon training and dying in the arms of his wife Carrie (Parker). His inability to call 911 annoyed many, as jokers called the scene the worst product placement ever.

Peloton, who confessed their ignorance of how their machine was to be used and championed its health benefits, launched a clever advertisement with Noth and Peloton instructor Jess King (also seen in the episode) sitting at the fireside after practice and deciding on another round.

Big – cigars and known heart problems aside – did it really have to end prematurely?

“Yeah, I had to kill Big,” King said bluntly. “The reason I came back was to kill Big, because I wanted Carrie and the audience to be like, ‘Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?'”

He vowed he would never leave Carrie in “a dark forest without a flashlight and a lantern on the way out. I would never do that to the public.”

Darren Star, who created “Sex and the City,” said the twist opened “a new chapter” and also weighed in on the commercial parody: “I loved it. I have a Platoon and I don’t believe that the bike killed Mr. Grand. “

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SAMANTHA?

In London, and giving her close friends the silent treatment after Carrie ditched Samantha as a publicist – a tiff that seems to echo Cattrall’s 2018 social media post in which she slammed Parker and said, ‘You don’t. you’re not my friend. “

When the less Cattrall series was announced last January, Parker dismissed a fan’s post suggesting a feud. “No. I don’t hate her,” Parker replied. “I never said that. Never. Samantha is not part of this story. But she will always be part of us.”

Davis, an executive producer on the show with Parker and Nixon, said they found the scripted explanation for Samantha’s absence “very realistic,” adding, “You don’t stay friends forever with everyone in your house. life. … Things are changing. “

King said Cattrall decided “she didn’t want to play Samantha anymore.” She was done with it. But the characters are real to him, he said, “So we made something in the writing room that happens to a lot of friendships, where you fall apart.”

New York is a melting pot of ethnic diversity, but “Sex and the City” was strictly white. That changed in “And Just Like That …”, which adds characters of color played by Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman and Sara Ramírez.

Nicole Ari Parker (“Empire”, “Boogie Nights”) enjoyed watching the original series for The Female Bond, but thought it would benefit from being more inclusive.

“I’m happy that as adults in this iteration of the show, they know this is important,” she said. “But at the same time, they’re not trying to be like, ‘OK, we did it. It’s perfect.’ No, it’s a bumpy race. … And yet something beautiful can come out of it.

Corporate lawyer Miranda (Nixon), who has decided to change course and earn a master’s degree in human rights, goes out of the way with her black professor played by Pittman (“The Morning Show”).

“It’s funny. It’s humorous, we kind of take the air out of the race and the political talk about race and just send it off,” Pittman said. But what “ends up happening, is that two people become friends and don’t see enough. “

There’s more gender inclusion too: Ramírez’s character is a podcaster and comedian who is non-binary and bisexual.

Ramírez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) said it was exciting “to be invited now and to show that there has always been room for a character to challenge our own internalized impressions, to disrupt the constructions under which so many of us have lived … constructions like sex and gender roles.

GOODBYE, STANFORD BLATCH

Garson’s death in September hit his comrades hard.

“Which I hardly can talk about except to say that you are doing it because you have to.” But it is extremely painful, “said Sarah Jessica Parker, calling him” my close friend for over three decades. “

Mario Cantone, who plays Anthony, the husband of Stanford, thought of him every day on the set.

“We kind of all came together and did that and moved forward with Willie in our hearts,” Cantone said. “It’s very bittersweet. It really is because he should be here. But he was glorious and hilarious, and you would never have known he was sick.

Nixon recalled Garson as a warm and funny person and a “shining light on the series,” while Davis said she hopes fans “laugh and appreciate him in these first three episodes, which is why ‘he lived”.

Associated Press editors John Carucci and Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report from New York.

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