Sarah Jessica Parker: Covid will ‘obviously be part’ of the new SATC storylines

Sarah Jessica Parker" shoe store at the Seaport District, Manhattan.

I haven’t been watching many TV shows filmed during the pandemic – I’ve mostly rewatched my old favorite TV shows, or I’ve been catching up on Netflix stuff which I missed because of lack of time or because of my interest in tennis. The one show I have been watching, a show which began filming in the middle of the pandemic in New York, is Prodigal Son. And let me tell you, they’ve barely addressed it. They addressed the lockdown briefly in the first episode of the season, and then the rest of the season has just been people wandering around maskless the entire time, with no references to Covid. Prodigal Son has also tried to incorporate a Black Lives Matter/institutional racism subplot and it’s so poorly done, my God. That being said, at least they’re trying to address racism and to their minor credit, they’re attempting some sort of “this is what white allyship looks like” thing.

I bring all of this up because Sarah Jessica Parker chatted with Vanity Fair about the new Sex and the City ten-episode series and what kind of stuff they’ll cover. SJP was vague on details, but she says they will do something with coronavirus. Nothing on race and racism though, big surprise. SATC was one of the whitest shows, my God.

Sarah Jessica Parker mentioned that she is excitedly awaiting the scripts showrunner Michael Patrick King is currently concocting with a writers room that’s otherwise made up entirely of women—many of whom are new additions to the franchise.

“It’s incredibly diverse in a really exciting way,” Parker said of the show’s new writers, who will infuse the series with new “life experience, political world views, and social world views.”

Though Parker is still in the dark about specific storylines that will run through the 10 half-hour episodes, she said that she and her costars are thrilled to be revisiting their beloved characters now that they are in their 50s.

“I think that Cynthia, Kristin, and I are all excited about the time that has passed,” said Parker. “You know, who are they in this world now? Have they adapted? What part have they played? Where have they fallen short as women, as friends, and how are they finding their way? Did they move with momentum? Are they like some people who are confused, threatened, nervous [by what’s happening in the world]? I’m so curious and excited to see how the writers imagine these women today.”

“What is their relationship to social media? What has changed?” Miranda and Charlotte, she noted, are both mothers of teenagers now: “What is their life like? For Carrie, who doesn’t have family beyond her friendships, where is she professionally? How have all of these political changes affected her work? Is she still writing a column? Has she written any more books? Or does she have a podcast? What does fashion mean to her now? How have the friendships changed or not changed, and has her social circle grown?”

Parker said that COVID-19 will “obviously be part of the storyline, because that’s the city [these characters] live in. And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all.”

[From Vanity Fair]

Yeah, this piqued my curiosity because SATC’s appeal – or lack of appeal – was always that it was purely about frivolity, sex, relationships, fashion and friendship. Not politics, not racism, not global pandemics. Major world events (like 9/11) happened during SATC’s television run and those events were barely addressed on the show. Do we need to see Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte running around New York in masks and dining exclusively outdoors? Eh. Also, I’m getting the feeling that Samantha Jones is going to be written off the show in some bizarre f–king way, like they’ll have her turn MAGA, or maybe the character will have died from the coronavirus. How depressing.

Sarah Jessica Parker attends to costumers at the "SJP By Sarah Jessica Parker" store at the Seaport District, Manhattan

Sarah Jessica Parker heads out in an enormous fuchsia dress and mismatched shoes

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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  1. FancyHat says:

    Every detail they drop on this sounds more terrible than the last. SATC is supposed to be escapism not reality. Who wants Carrie’s take on COVID?

    • Sigmund says:

      Exactly. This sounds horrible. I don’t need Carrie’s thoughts on MeToo, and I certainly don’t need them on a f*cking pandemic that’s killed hundreds of thousands of people in the US alone.

      • Juxtapoze says:

        This is a mistake. I don’t need ANY pandemic storylines in any show. Already tapped out of “This Is Us” this season (probably for good). I’m all about escapism with my TV watching preferences.

  2. Noki says:

    Are those pics from the set already or is SJP like Carrie always in a shoe store?

  3. Becks1 says:

    This sounds like its going to be a lot of phone calls and voiceovers from SJP and drama with teenagers in apartments. Gee. That sounds fun.

  4. hmmmmppy says:

    I HATE when shows incorporate COVID. I want to escape it thank you very much.

  5. Case says:

    I don’t agree with all these shows incorporating COVID into the storyline. We’re all going to have collective trauma from this time and don’t need it in every television show. ESPECIALLY one as frivolous as SATC (I’m very much not a fan of this show lol).

  6. Ferdinand says:

    So that’s how they will write Samantha off!

  7. LightPurple says:

    When she and her husband were appearing here in Boston in Plaza Suite this time last year, the performance was canceled at the absolute last minute – audience already admitted to the theater lobby waiting for the auditorium doors to open -because he was too sick to go on and it was too late to get an understudy. The next night, he made it through the performance but an understudy played her role. The final night, they had a cast party and several people who attended were diagnosed with Covid a week or so later. This was all at the very, very early stages of the pandemic before anybody really knew what we were facing.

    • Persephone says:

      Interesting. I wonder if she’ll try to incorporate something like that into the storyline for Samantha.

  8. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    We know what happened to the SATC characters: Real Housewives of New York City. I mean, Candace Bushnell has been on the show several times, she’s been close friends with most of the cast for decades. Dorinda screamed “Not well B&tch!” into Bushnell’s face!

    This is unnecessary. I will watch it.

  9. Original Jenns says:

    What if… what if she HATES the direction they move Carrie in? If IF the writers room made up of women, newly added to the team and possibly actually diverse, comes up with a true to life Carrie storyline, what if SJP loathes it? I’m sorry, is my petty-coat showing?

    Adding – if this was back in the day SATC writing, Carrie would be the one to date a MAGA and agonize over everything and probably “both sides” the situation. She’s that selfish a character. I hope that’s what happens!

  10. GOLDEN says:

    I think they’ll kill Samantha off with a cancer return

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    C’mon….can anyone even imagine an all-ecompassing and structurally layered script with depth-of-character portrayals of well-educated, grounded, socially and politically aware women of honor, integrity, maturity and duty? No. They’re not even worthy of our slothy s’mores on blankets tv watching nights.

  12. Maggi says:

    Kim Cattrall wins before they even begin.
    Her performance in “Sensitive Skin” was funny and sad and a little cringey, capturing all kinds of feels in exploring that age and its attendant losses, with humor and horror at the passage of time.
    Hey SJP, how about you act your age and hang up those overrated Manolos.

  13. Prof Trelawney says:

    things is, back in the day, this was a better written show than most, and def deeper than the films, like they didn’t address directly the 9/11 events, but there was a more tender tone to that whole season, a touchstone feel, from a beautiful new shot of the sun dipping down where a shot of the world trade towers had been, to a dedication to the city of NY, to various plot lines that recognized the characters’ connections to each other and to their communities, the fragility of these too, w this quote: “After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart.” Something changed w the writing, but if they could do something like this again, it could be quite powerful…

  14. Inhalemovieslikecandy says:

    The show was always filled with caricatures and set in a kind of parallel reality where the normal rules don’t apply. Grounding it in reality and earthbound reflections will totally change it.

    The movies and this “revisit” is all about $JP trying to relive her glory days as (1) “NYC It Girl” (as she probably sees it), (2) industry high-earner (only time she ever commanded industry-leading salary for the films (double-dig millions) and show at more than 3 million per episode in contrast to the other three actresses’ 350K), and (3) fashion icon (when she picks her own clothes 98% of the time she makes a fool out of herself; please see her various headpieces and met gala outfits *shudder*).

    IMO, in reality she’s just a not-very-talented woman who has serious hustle and industry savvy, and who had no qualms about throwing someone like Kim under the bus to consolidate her power. She probably instinctively knew to keep the other two actresses close to her to prevent “mutiny.”

  15. Paperclip says:

    Ya know what it WON’T have?

    RELEVANCE of any kind.

    Ugh…

  16. observing says:

    The last movie was pretty terrible. People will probably tune in to see if it’s worse than the movie.

  17. Nibbi says:

    I’m feeling increasingly ragey over this whole thing.
    It just feels like an absolutely desperate scramble to stay relevant in any form whatsoever.