The new trailer for ‘And Just Like That’: aggressively bland or kind of cute?

Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon film 'And Just Like That' in New York City

And Just Like That, the Sex and the City reboot/whatever, has a new trailer. The limited series premieres December 9th on HBO Max. It’s clear that HBO was willing to spend the money for this update, because in this new era of streaming and content, they’ll throw money at anything. That’s what the trailer looks like too: “We were surprised that they gave us money to make this.”

People who read the early scripts swore up and down that Mr. Big had been killed off, but I doubt the trailer would feature him so heavily if he was just a ghost or if those scenes were just memories. Who knows though? This doesn’t look interesting at all. It’s aggressively bland, actually. I’m terribly concerned that they haven’t given Miranda much of anything to do. Miranda got “new hair” and that’s her whole character. That and showing up to Carrie’s events.

Incidentally, the Daily Mail ran an exclusive last week about how the show explains Kim Cattrall’s absence. They didn’t kill off Sam Jones. They sent her to London, where she’s “thriving.” The Mail’s sources say that there is some kind of backstory about Sam and Carrie falling out before Sam left for London though.

I have no interest in relitigating Kim and SJP’s real-life beef (I’m Team Cattrall), but I did want to highlight this interesting Daily Beast story. There’s a book coming out about the history of HBO and how SATC was, at one point, one of the biggest jewels in HBO’s crown. Various HBO executives who worked in and around the show at the time basically confirm that Sarah Jessica is a huge mean girl who refused to keep it professional with Cattrall. Sarah Jessica created a clique with Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Kim felt like it was a toxic work environment and several HBO executives agreed with her.

'And Just Like That' filming In NYC

Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth film a night scene for 'And Just Like That' in Manhattan

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  1. Jezz says:

    How can a script be so boring, and costumes so outlandish? It’s like two different films superimposed.

  2. Tom says:

    If this project is a hit, SJP may well backslide into old ways.

    For now, she’s a joy to work with.

    Just trust me on this. I know.

    • Lightpurple says:

      My sister works in Boston theaters and says SJP was absolutely lovely when Plaza Suite was here right before Covid struck, including inviting Front of House staff to the cast party, which is rarely done, where she chatted with everyone and happily posed for pictures

    • minx says:

      Tom, your wording is….interesting. “For now,” “Backslide into old ways,” hmm.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah – I remember the stories of her behaviour back in her hey day, she had a rep for being rude to wait staff with her husband often apologising for her.

  3. Bookie says:

    It looks like trash, but I’ll be watching the second it comes on.

    • Jenns says:

      LOL. Same here. For better and worse, I’ve stuck with this series and two horrible movies. I’m not giving up now!

    • candy says:

      haha, me too. I admit it!

    • cassandra says:

      Light, fluffy, and inconsequential. I really can’t stomach much else in my entertainment these days. I’m kind of excited?

      • cherry says:

        Totally! They all look so happy and careless, with nothing to worry about but pretty clothes and fancy restaurants. This is a world I love to visit when I’m collapsing on the couch in the evenings.

  4. LaraK says:

    Unfortunately I will probably watch out of nostalgia, but as low as my expectations are, I’m sure i will still be disappointed.

    • Carty says:

      It made me sad to see Stanford in the one clip. Wonder how they deal with that, if they even mention it.

  5. Alissa says:

    is there even a plot?

    • BothSidesNow says:

      They didn’t have plots in the movie, why would they now.

      SJP was a producer or something, so I personally feel that it was her responsibility to ensure that all of the SATC cast and crew worked harmonious together. I would not be surprised if she was awful to KC and encouraged everyone to follow suit. There could have been an issue with their working relationship and she allowed it interfere that the tension, freezing out and encouraged to keep KC out of the “clique”.

      This is the only thing that SJC has been able to milk for millions and gave her such an enormous presence within the world of tv. She capitalized on that and ran with it. The only reason it keeps coming back is due to SJP wanting to earn money, rediscover her fame and knows that she has a “safe” project without putting herself out there on new material. No one was clamoring for another installment of SATC, no one.

  6. Erica says:

    I think I am in the minority but I’m actually excited about this. Mostly for nostalgia’s sake. The Kim/SJP beef annoys me but I do like that they didn’t kill her off and sent her off to London and don’t seem to be making it into a huge drama.

    • Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

      It opens up the very very very slight possibility that we could see a SJP-free Sam Jones spinoff where she is out living her best life in London Town.

      (In the sense that the character is alive so technically it could happen, but yeah it won’t. I know)

      • Juniper says:

        I would watch the shit out of a Sam Jones solo project but it will never happen because SJP won’t allow it on the likelihood it would surpass her own show in popularity.

  7. L84Tea says:

    Like others have said, I can kid myself, but I know I will tune it just for nostalgia and curiosity. But my expectations are very low. The one thing I am relieved about is that they didn’t kill off Big or have him and Carrie be divorced. Frankly, after 6 seasons and 2 spin off movies, if she turned out not to end up with Big in the end, I would have been pissed. The one I am most excited to see is the return of Natasha!

    • nutella toast says:

      I don’t know…Big is in the same two outfits in all the scenes (deep blue shirt)…I kinda feel like something does happen to him – they’re all in the house, all nostalgic pictures / scenes of domestic bliss. When she comes in and says, “Honey I’m home”…I just got a feeling. Why show him on an exercise bike in her sacred space (closet)? Just felt….like she finds him or something.

      • L84Tea says:

        Oh no, you might be right!

      • nutella toast says:

        And I was thinking Natasha was because of the funeral and/or estate settlement – maybe he felt bad for hurting her the way he did and left her something? I don’t know – feels like the lack of press featuring them both leading up to this means he won’t be on the show long. Also the necklace – when she was trying to find herself after the end of the relationship with Petrovsky, it was featured prominently as a touch stone and who she was at her core without a man….I might also need another cup of coffee and a little less conspiracy brain at this hour LOL.

      • AmyB says:

        @nutella toast I agree. I think Big is killed off. Those scenes look like memories/ and the scene of Big on the bike just gave me a feeling. Remember he had the heart condition? Yes, I am embarrassed I know way too much about this series LOL. I can also see why the scene with Carrie looking at the “Carrie” necklace is then significant – in finding herself again. I think I would rather see this happen (Big die) then them do some stupid ass divorce, as it was leaked previously.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Okay my guess is Carrie and Samantha fell out (rumours that C fired S as her pr person, S moved to London) Carrie finds Big in the apartment (dead from heart attack) and proceeds to review her relationships in life with the other women doing likewise. The end will be Carrie trying to contact Samantha (thereby putting pressure on Cattrall again to be in the show) somewhere along the way all the women get poc as sidekicks/accessories because they won’t be able or interested in writing good stories for poc in this show as main characters. Carrie spends a ton of money on designer gear and prances about as if she’s 22. The end.

    • Amelia says:

      I have to say I kind of do think they killed off Big and all those scenes with him are in her imagination (or are flashbacks).

      • Normades says:

        Same. In those mr. Big scenes she has long blonde hair and in the others she’s grey. I think these are definitely flashbacks and Carrie is a widow now.

      • Nic919 says:

        They looks like flashbacks for sure.

  8. Becks1 says:

    So…..what’s the premise? They’re doing the same things they were doing before – eating out, drinking, listening to Carrie bitch about Big – just 10/15 years later? (depending if we’re counting the end of the series or the movies.)

    • L84Tea says:

      Don’t forget parading around in what looks like theater set costumes. I can never get over how ridiculous Carrie looks 99% of the time.

    • josephine says:

      Given their ages, there could be tons of story lines. I frankly think that women in their 50s and 60s have way, way more to say and talk about than women in their 20s and 30s. But the world of entertainment rarely wants those stories. Women are often rethinking where they are at and what they have done and what they want to do with the years left when they hit their 50s. It would be nice to see some actual coverage of that.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh, I agree there could be tons of storylines. I’m just not getting the vibe that this show is going to be about any of those potential solid storylines. that’s why I said it feels like they’re doing the same things they were doing 10-15 years ago in the exact same way etc.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    I didn’t think we needed a sequel/reboot. I guess the super fans will love it and at least there are people of colour in NY this time.

  10. erni says:

    but carrie and big look like they’re in their 70s

    • Lotta says:

      No, that’s just how we who are in our 50-60’s look without botox, fillers, and surgery. 😊

    • Ninks says:

      Wow. We’re so used to actors and actresses desperately trying to make themselves look younger by pumping their faces full of chemicals, that when two people actually allow themselves to age naturally, people think they’re decades older than they are. I’d be delighted to look as well as SJP at 56, far better than looking like Demi Moore at 59 whose face is so tight she looks like she can’t close her mouth.

      Rumour has it that Miranda has come out as a lesbian in the intervening period, which I think would be a really interesting story to see for a woman in her 50s.

      I didn’t think I’d have any interest in this series, but damn it, the nostalgia got me.

      • Meg says:

        Yes she was spotted at what looked like a gay pride parade without brady or anyone with her but was seen talking to the character carrie was speaking with on the podcast so her and steve broke up after all or they have an open relationship and shes Bi like the actress who plays her?

      • Amy Too says:

        Meg, if that’s true, and they’ve made Miranda gay, I feel like it wasn’t really earned based on the writing and characterization of Miranda in the original season and movies. It sounds like they wanted some more diversity so they made a straight character who was happy in her straight marriage divorce her husband of decades so she can date women? Seems like pandering and I just don’t really believe it based on the character they showed us for seven seasons and two movies.

      • J&A's Mon says:

        Well, Cynthia Nixon literally did that in real life so….

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Ninks : I can’t see Kristin Davis on screen without wanting to shout “WTF happened to your face?” Is that the status symbol now? – an obviously worked on face to show you have the $$ for it?

    • L4frimaire says:

      I actually like that the actors look their age and not overly done. I think they look good although I wish SJP did something more with that too long hair. Don’t have much to say about the trailer, I’ll watch it, but what is up with that wardrobe? All of those looks make SJP looks like she’s trying too hard to hold on to her 30 something persona and looks a bit too fussy and dated. Will reserve judgment until see the actual show. Have to say Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek is a tough style act to follow.

  11. Driver8 says:

    I felt so much second hand embarrassment watching this trailer. It looks ridiculous. They probably didn’t kill off Samantha in hopes Cattrall will come back. Big definitely dies at some point (my theory). I’ll check it out, but am prepared to cringe through it.

  12. Watson says:

    A big draw for me about this series was patricia field working on costume design. Now that she is out (she works on Emily in Paris now which is pure fashion fun), and Kim Cattrall is no longer on, i really don’t see where the charm in this series is. Carrie was always a selfish flake who consistently made the worst decisions. The older i get the more i find the character awful.

  13. josephine says:

    My only take away is this — if SJP formed a mean girl clique with the other two actresses, then all three of them are to blame for that behavior, Gossip likes to pit two women against each other, but there are usually a whole lot of enablers or tag-alongs involved, too, so let’s call them all out. If that set was toxic, too many people were turning a blind eye. We like to have a single villain but the rest of us who let them get away with it are the problem, too.

    • Andrea says:

      I agree with you

    • Murphy says:

      Yes that’s absolutely right and while I’m not surprised about Kristin Davis behaving like this, I am disappointed in Cynthia Nixon, but they go so far back I guess she couldn’t see a way out of it.

  14. Trish says:

    Charlotte has a Joker smile now.

    • Monica says:

      Yep. Maybe the one good thing SJP has done is age with relative grace. I don’t know what’s going on with Cynthia. (Kim Cattral looks great these days as well.)

  15. k says:

    I’m here for this. I’m sorry. I’m excited. I loved the show at the time, but skipped the god-awful looking movies. I also agree that the show was dated and irrelevant soon after the finale. It did not age well. But I’m excited to see how they portray a fabulous life for women in their 50s. It gives me hope.

  16. Merricat says:

    This is a vanity project, and I am not interested in it. It feels to me as though SJP woke up one day and missed being part of pop culture, so she went back to the last thing that did that for her. Instead of doing something new, something fresh, something halfway original, she went back to the role that she thought was a slam dunk. I think the audience for this is around my age, but I have moved on.

    • Alissa says:

      she did try a few new things, including a show on HBO and several movies. SATC seems to be the only thing that really has stuck in her adult acting career.

    • ro says:

      agreed. they pumped out those godawful movies and can’t seem to let sleeping dogs lie. it’s pathetic, really. 🙁 Any shred of dignity, gone.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      I think the decision is pure finances, not ego.

      Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon live in New York. It’s insanely expensive to live in New York. Kristin Davis lives in Brentwood, California, which is also very expensive.

      Kim Cattrall lives on the rural end of Vancouver Island, Canada. She can live there in luxury for the rest of her life without ever needing to work again.

      The others can’t. If they don’t work, they’ll either go broke or have to move to more affordable places.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I agree!! No one was wanting another view into the women after 20+ years given that they are keeping the same, ugly and shallow minded they were all portrayed as. Really women in their 50’s talk about issues that matter. Work, families, the political environment and important issues occurring world wide.

      The entire premise that they are trying to dish out certainly don’t resonate with women in their 50’s today. They are pushing the same narrative in a moment of when showcasing what real women in that age group are doing, could expose the actual truth of how much we revolve and grow in 30 years.

  17. Mary says:

    How nice, each of them got a friend of color! Ugh.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Noticed that too. Guess they knew they couldn’t get away with no diversity at all this time around.

    • Jules says:

      lol, it’s so obviously manufactured to try and look PC.

      • Grant says:

        Or they heard the complaints and wanted to write some interesting roles for women of color… Why do you think this is “obviously manufactured”? Nicole Ari Parker is gorgeous and a fabulous actress and I have a hard time believing that she would sign off for a nothingburger role that’s just meant to pander.

  18. TeamMeg says:

    This show may be one answer to Brooke Shield’s question. (For the record, I only watched SATC once, and as a stand-alone, I like this trailer!)

  19. Kit says:

    When the last few esp of SATC where been filmed, a Irish reporter was on set , he allegedly wrote that Kim was very much isolated, ignored amd more or less bullied by Sarah, they put her in accommodation by herself while de other 3 did lunch, dinner and drinks without any invite for Kim. I was very surprised by this as Sarah holiday’s in Ireland and seems quiet respectful of locals, very very upset to hear this other very mean side to her. Image how you would feel been treated like this everyday, awful .

    • Jaded says:

      Jealousy – Kim can act circles around the rest of them and stood up for herself when SJP tried to turn her into a cartoonish, sex-crazed bimbo.

  20. Rosemary says:

    Why does she look so sad all in all the pictures? Even in the trailer when she’s supposed to be happy she looks dead behind the eyes. Maybe Big has died!

  21. wordnerd says:

    They should’ve left it with the TV series finale, perfectly wrapped up in an overpriced designer bow. They keep telling “their stories” but they have nothing new to say, so we just get to watch hours of gaudy outfits and Carrie griping over Big like a bad Groundhog’s Day. Oh, but this one has some cast diversity so yay! *eyeroll

  22. Amy Too says:

    I remember someone asking SJP if covid would be a part of the world and she said absolutely it would be because these people live in NY and covid was a big part of NY, and since then, I’ve been looking for masks or anything covid-related in the previews and trailers but I’m not seeing anything.

  23. supersoft says:

    This looks like a movie for parading different designers and their dresses. I am so deeply dissapointed, the first season is still one of my favorites. The quirky writer had something i could relate to.

  24. Gina says:

    Liked the original TV serias. And then – two terrible movies – somehow I edured the first one, but couldn’t endure the second.
    Tried to re-watch the SATC recently. Discovered that I can’t stand SJP character. Both physical traits: her mannerisms, the sounds she makes with her mouth, and her (character) personal traits. Got kind of physical aversion.
    Definitely not watching this, especially after the story about Kim was made public (I’m team Kim too).

  25. Rose says:

    Oh no Charlotte honey what did you do to your face

    Don’t blame Kim a bit for not wanting anything to do with this mess.

  26. Grant says:

    Call me crazy but I’m really excited about this. I love seeing a show that centers on women of a certain age (a rarity in film and television) and I can’t wait to see how all of these gorgeous women of color factor into the plot. I will be tuning in the second the first two episodes drop!

    • Normades says:

      Yea, I would totally watch this but I don’t have HBO Max.

    • Candy says:

      It’s still consumerist porn and still vapid but at least you have seniors as mains in the cast (not youth centric) and positive (in a superficial way); i.e., not violent, about serial killers, about an apocalypse, or whatever people are watching these days.

  27. Boo says:

    Charlottes face is very distracting indeed.

  28. Emmitt says:

    SJP looks terrible and old and the reason she looks terrible and old is because she insists on trying to stay looking young, which only makes her look older. Cynthia Nixon looks great.

    • vociferousgirl says:

      My first thought was, “whoa, she looks like my grandmother,” who is 84. So either my grandmother looks young, or SJP looks old.

    • Grant says:

      This comment doesn’t make sense. She looks old because she insists on trying to look young? …What does that word salad nonsense even mean?

  29. matahari33 says:

    My sister met Mr. Big (Chris Noth) in Mexico this past week and told me he was a total asshole!

  30. Candy says:

    The TV environment somehow has a lot of these bullying stories, with really insecure actors trying to shut down what they perceive as competition. It’s not like movies where it’s just 3, 6, whatever months of filming without audience feedback to threaten the “star status” of certain actors. Breeds insecurity. Sorry for poor spelling of names in advance:
    – Eliza Dushku and that main Bull actor, the guy who was engaged to Jessica Alba.
    – Archie and Julianna Margules.
    – ER, Patrick Dempsey and Pompeo vs Isiah Washington

  31. matahari33 says:

    Also, can we stop telling people they look old?

  32. Lynn Parounagian says:

    THe whole premise is ridiculous and sip !looks awful

  33. Whatnow says:

    Well to be fair if the studio didn’t think there was money to be made SJP would have been turned down.

    Someone besides her thought this was a good idea.

    Seems to be the opinion on here Carrie is a lousy friend but the ladies are still friends with her so there is something about her they like.

    They are grown women with agency so I’m going with they are savvy enough to walk away from Carrie if things are so toxic.

    In comments up above someone said that all the others on set need to be held accountable for the behavior shown towards Kim.

    I agree with that

  34. Janice Hill says:

    Something about Big in the carriage makes him look static and photoshopped. If he is killed off, is the movie about her in mourning, taking a carriage ride with his memory?

  35. Ann says:

    Her outfit in the top picture is outlandish.

  36. Fabiola says:

    I’m really excited to see this. It was one of my favorite shows and I actually loved the first movie. I’ve seen it so many times. It doesn’t bother me that Sam’s character isn’t gonna be in it since she was the least relatable character to me. I really hope Cynthia and Steve don’t break up. They tried so hard to make their relationship work. Also, hope they didn’t kill off Mr. Big. I wanted a happily ever after for them.