HBO Max has renewed its Sex and the City sequel series, And Just Like That, for a second season, Variety is reporting. The news that the streaming service decided to continue the revival of the iconic show comes after its first season concluded on February 3. HBO Max has yet to announce when the reboot’s second season will be released, however.
Casey Bloys, the chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, told Variety before And Just Like That‘s Season 1 finale that the comedy-drama had been the streamer’s most successful original series to date. The sequel’s showrunner, Michael Patrick King and star and executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker also said in interviews that they wanted the project, which was initially envisioned to be a mini-series, to continue in a sophomore season.
“We did something that was hard to do, which is we took something familiar and did make it new — for better and for worse,” King said. He added: “I am delighted and excited to tell more stories about these vibrant, bold characters — played by these powerful, amazing actors. The fact is, we’re all thrilled.”
Parker also said that all of the principle stars are set to talk soon to create a schedule for when they can shoot Season 2. She added: “There feels like there’s momentum.”
And Just Like That‘s Season 1 finale left several storylines open for the cast and crew to pursue in its follow-up season. Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, launching her new titular podcast, which is named Sex and the City, at the end of Season 1.
Carrie also ended Season 1 by pursuing and kissing her new love interest, her producer, Franklin, who’s played by Ivan Hernandez. But the actor told Vogue last month that he knows “nothing about next season. I think those things are still being worked out. I had a wonderful time playing the character, so I wouldn’t mind coming back and exploring it, if that’s what they decide to do.”
And Just Like That‘s sophomore season will also feature the return of series regulars Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. The duo will also serve as executive producers, alongside Parker, on the revival’s upcoming follow-up season. Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky and John Melfi are also executive producers on the show’s sophomore season.
The teaser trailer that was posted on And Just Like That‘s official Instagram account yesterday confirming the news that it was renewed for a second season also features several of the reboot’s other stars, which suggests that they, too, will reprise their roles. Those cast members who are featured in he teaser include Nicole Ari Parker as Lisa Todd Wexley, Sarita Choudhury as Seema Patel, Mario Cantone as Anthony Marentino, Karen Pittman as Dr. Nya Wallace and Sara Ramirez as Che Diaz.
One character who almost certainly won’t be returning to the franchise, however, is Samatha Jones, who was played by Kim Cattrall in the original series and the franchise’s two feature films that were released in 2008 and 2010. The actress declined to be part of the reboot’s first season, and hasn’t stated that she has reconsidered reprising her role for the revival’s sophomore season.
Although Carrie occasionally texted Samantha throughout Season 1 of And Just Like That, King told Variety that viewers shouldn’t expect to see the pair reunite on screen. “Magically thinking, it’s great to have Samantha,” he said. But “I have no realistic expectation of Kim Cattrall ever appearing again.”
Sex and the City, which ran on HBO for six seasons from 1998-2004, was created by Darren Star (Emily in Paris, Younger). The show was based on the 1996 book of the same name by Candace Bushnell.