Once upon a time there was a generation of viewers who couldn’t wait to see the wild antics a group of girlfriends would go up in their 20s and 30s on the stylish streets of Manhattan.
The Groundbreaking HBO series Sex and the City started its first episode back in 1998 with the traditional fairytale intro « Once Upon a Time … » but became decidedly unconventional in its unconventional approach to sex, relationships, girlfriends and ambition.
When the news came this week that SATC is back, I had to wonder … will this new series ever be able to fill the shoes (obviously manolos) of its predecessor?
The 10th -part miniseries, due to begin production this spring, is called And Just Like That and, according to a statement by WarnerMedia, “will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte on their journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their thirties to the even more complicated Reality of life and friendship in the fifties. “
With SATC still running on multiple channels, I, like many, will be used to the stars forever floating in time, sipping Manhattans, walking on heels and dealing with scenarios that I am in could never imagine being wooed by an elderly millionaire learning to be a trapeze artist and studying how best to discuss sex toys with his housekeeper.
Despite SATC beating its own drum to To be authentic and relatable, it was the escape that always had the greatest attraction then and now.
But what will this new chapter look like? Will manolos and cosmopolitans give way to marital problems and conflicts over who deleted the last episode of Billions off the Sky Box? Will we see Charlotte and Miranda struggle with home schooling and Carrie move from drooling to high fashion in Vogue to rummaging through deals on air fryers and flex-free vacuums? Will the challenges of everyday life make it impossible for friends after weekly brunch to plan more than a half-yearly catch-up process? I don’t have to tune in to see the « complicated reality » of what life is like when you grow up, I live it.
Other aspects also give SATC resuscitation what Miranda once called « Ick- Factor ”. One of the best things about SATC was that it advocated new fonts and faces rather than dealing with established names and achievements.
There is a distinctly commercial touch of And Just Like That and more than a touch of despair. Sarah-Jessica Parker (Carrie) has her wine label and has starred in various films. Kristin Davis (Charlotte) is a goodwill ambassador for a UN refugee agency. Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) took a foray into politics in a failed attempt to become governor of New York. But none of them have exactly set the screen on fire since their stay at SATC.
And where is Samantha (Kim Cattrall)? For many, she was the real star of the show, delivering the best lines and pursuing the most feminist agenda. But Cattrall said she won’t be part of the new show. What about Big (Chris Noth)? Who Else Is Missing?
Nostalgia is a powerful thing and you play with it at your own risk. SATC ran for six seasons and won seven Emmys and eight Golden Globes. It holds a great place in many people’s hearts. But despite what fans think they want to know what happened next, the reality of this vision is seldom what they hoped for.
Of course I’ll tune in, but I’ll keep my expectations low . Every time Bridget Jones returns to the screen, it feels like returns are going down. There is often something vaguely tragic about the newly started careers of boy bands – not least the increasingly urgent irony of this name.
We could think of the stars of a show as old friends we’d love to see again, but when that rendezvous finally happens it’s awkward and uncomfortable. Instead of feeling warm and fuzzy, there is often nothing like seeing an aged symbol of your youth make you feel absolutely ancient.
Move over ordinary people and Connell Waldron’s reign as Lockdown’s TV sex symbol One. There’s a new lockdown and a reign has begun, or at least the Duchy.
The Neflix series Bridgerton has now been streamed by 63 million households and has hit the charts in more than 70 countries, which is not least the impressive Thanks to the Duke of Hastings’ on-screen presence.
Played by Regé-Jean Page with smoldering serenity, the Duke’s on-screen sexual prowess – whether he focuses his attention on a lady or a spoon – makes viewers swoon and bring out a thousand cheeky memes.
Based on Connell’s notorious chain, we even have a special Instagram account, @thedukesspoon, which has already achieved an impressive 11.4,000 followers, still far behind the 177,000 followers who are enthusiastic about @connellschain.
Unfortunately, it turns out found out that the reality of filming those wonderfully passionate love scenes was a far less graceful experience to His grace. Page revealed InStyle, “When you talk about all of the less clad scenes – there have been a few – you tend to use more tape. So it’s like reliving this scene from the 40-year-old Virgo over and over again, because when the tape comes out, it’s not a pleasant time for everyone involved. «
There was a flood of former Donald Trump supporters who wanted to distance themselves from the outgoing US President this week.
Vice President Mike Pence reportedly « got a glimpse of POTUS ‘vengeance » while Twitter (a little belatedly) suspended Trump from Twitter because he feared his social media broadcasts risked further incitement to violence to recover.
But isn’t it very easy to be brave and provoke irresponsible behavior when the person in power is halfway there?
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