We’re just not ready to let go of the Sex and the City universe, it seems.
HBO announced on Tuesday that the highly successful (and divisive) Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That…, had been renewed for a second season. The show saw the return of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte York (Kristen Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) as they navigated their lives in a “post-pandemic” New York City — minus Samantha Jones. (Kim Cattrall has openly said that she has no desire to revive her beloved character.) According to an official press release, And Just Like That… had the strongest debut of any HBO Max series to date. Parker, Davis, and Nixon all serve as executive producers alongside showrunner Michael Patrick King.
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“I am delighted and excited to tell more stories about these vibrant, bold characters played by these powerful, amazing actors,” King said in a statement about the show’s renewal. “The fact is, we’re all thrilled. And Just like That… our Sex life is back.”
Details are slowly coming out about what’s in store for next season, which will include an important figure from Carrie’s past. Below, read on for what we know so far.
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John Corbett will join the show as Aidan.
Aidan fans, rejoice; Carrie Bradshaw’s second great love is coming back. Deadline confirmed that Corbett has joined the cast of the revival to play the lovable furniture maker in a multi-episode arc.
Aidan was notably missing from the first season, with no mentions despite him being an (assumed) longtime friend of Steve. The news also comes a full year after the My Big Fat Greek Wedding actor teased his return in April 2021, saying, “I think I might be in quite a few [episodes].” King later confirmed to Deadline that there was never a plan for Aidan to return in season 1, which was focused on Carrie’s grieving journey after Big’s death.
While there’s no hint of his storyline yet, when we last saw Aidan in the controversial sequel Sex and the City 2, he was married with three kids. Maybe we’ll finally the mysterious Kathy.
Sarah Jessica Parker also shared a series of photos of the pair on set on Instagram writing “Shh. Don’t tell anyone,” teasing Aidan’s return.
Weeks later, she shared another image of the two sharing a dramatic kiss with the caption, “This. Is. Not. A. Drill. X, SJ”
HBO execs know about all the conversation around the series.
And Just Like That… became a conversation starter as soon as it debuted back in December. The show’s first season had a number of culture-shifting moments, including the death of Carrie’s husband Mr. Big (followed by sexual assault allegations against actor Chris Noth), the absence of Samantha Jones, the writing-out of Stanford Blatch after Willie Garson’s passing, and of course the introduction of nonbinary character Che Diaz, who prompted Miranda to reconsider her sexuality.
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Sarah Aubrey, HBO’s head of original content, alluded to the dialog around the show in a statement regarding the series’s return. “We have been delighted by the cultural conversation generated by these characters and their stories, set in a world we already know and love so much,” she said. “We are proud of the work Michael Patrick King and our wonderful writers, producers, cast and crew have done to bring these stories to the screen. We can’t wait for fans to see what’s in store for season 2!”
Watch this space for updates.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.