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In the 90s, the HBO show Sex and the city invented the concept of women discussing sex at brunch. Over six seasons and two films, the four best friends pack that included the “Smart One” and the “Traditional One” and the “Horny One” and the “Blogger” has sailed through life and love and two Justin Theroux (s?). But as their legion of dedicated fans soon learned, all was not well behind the scenes. Kim Cattrall (Samantha, the cornea; scat performer) has said many times over the years that she does not want to be part of more SATC movies or reboots, in part because of her “toxic” relationship with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie, the blogger). So when SATC to restart was announced last month, it wasn’t a huge surprise to learn that Cattrall would not be one of them. How would the show explain the absence of its most sex-obsessed member? Would they recast it? Kill her in some kind of wacky dildo accident?
The answer is something a lot less exciting and yet, in a way, a lot more depressing: They’ll say the friends have drifted apart.
In an interview with TV line, HBO’s Casey Bloys said that during the reboot – who is called And just like that – Samantha’s absence will be attributed to the simple and natural separation of friends over time. “Just like in real life, people come into your life, people leave,” he said.
Bloys continued, “Friendships fade and new friendships begin. So I think all of this is very revealing of the real stages, the real stages of life… They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York City. So everything should feel somewhat organic, and friends you have at 30, you might not have one at 50. “