Despite the fact that the Sex and the City spin-off And Just Like That… was the dumbest, most offensively terrible content I’ve ever seen on television (and I watched all of Glee… twice), HBO Max renewed that shit for a second season, which is currently shooting in NYC. In August, we learned that John Corbett would reprise his role as Aidan, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie’s long-suffering carpenter ex. Over the weekend, Deadline reported that the show’s official Instagram posted pics of Carrie and Aidan (seen above in the original series) holding hands while walking down the middle of the street. Um, Carrie? Sweetie? You’ve already lost one dude to a Peloton heart attack; maybe hop on over to the sidewalk, so poor Aidan doesn’t get mowed down by an Uber.
Deadline reports that John Corbett will reprise his role as Aidan in the second season of And Just Like That… Since the show killed off Big with a heart attack in the pilot (lucky, considering that Chris Noth turned out to be a massive creep), what do these sadistic writers plan to do with Aidan? Brain aneurysm? Drown him in the Hudson River? A tragic workplace accident where the furniture maker bleeds out from a massive splinter?
Despite being the kind of show that, at times, likely had more than one person joking, “And just like that, I grabbed the remote and watched an old episode of Beachfront Bargain Hunt on HGTV instead,” HBO went ahead and renewed And Just Like That… for a second season. With that brings the return of all your favorites: Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda. Okay, not all your favorites, because Kim Cattrall, aka Samantha Jones, still wants nothing to do with any of this. Still, Sex and the City writer and director Michael Patrick King decided to include Samantha in AJLT by making Carrie text with her here and there. Well, Samantha In Text Form is back!
They say that time heals all wounds, but the clock that’s tracking Sarah Jessica Parker’s messy feud with Kim Cattrall must be operating in dog years or something, because these two continue to pack in as much drama as possible within the general concept of time. We’re nearing the fifth anniversary if the time Kim Cattrall called out SJP by name as one of the big reasons why she wasn’t ever going to show her face in a third Sex and the City movie. Since then, there have been ten lifetimes of sniping back and forth, each blaming the other for any on-set animosity that evolved into one of entertainment’s most enduring feuds. Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to that well once again to pump it drier than the desert jokes of SATC 2.
Unlike the character of Mr. Big, the conversation around Kim Cattrall’s exit from the Sex and the City universe just won’t die. Thanks to Kim, of course, who is always more than happy to remind us that she’s done done with that period of her life. But no one can accuse Kim of burning bridges, because it sounds like that bridge was reduced to nothing but charcoal twigs and smoking ask years ago. Which would be why Kim didn’t hesitate to talk about how the crew on HBO’s And Just Like That… wasn’t exactly rushing to screen print her name on the back of a foldable set chair. Kim says she wasn’t at all surprised that she wasn’t involved with AJLT, because they made zero effort to invite her.
I’m afraid we haven’t seen the last of Che Diaz. Since Twitter had such a raucous time roasting And Just Like That, it seemed inevitable that HBO would take credit for starting a “cultural conversation” and renew it for a second season. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s exactly what happened. AJLT, HBO’s sort-of sequel to Sex And The City, will be returning, and given that most of the success of the first season seemed largely due to humanity’s inability to look away from the sight of blood-soaked overalls, mangled Monolos and characters eviscerated beyond recognition, I fear we can expect even more of the same.