HBO’s ‘Sex and the City’ spinoff finds itself with an unexpected problem

On Sunday, HBO launched the spinoff series , written by Candace Bushnell, to air each Sunday evening at 9 p.m. This week’s episode highlighted one of the premiere’s central plots: The sudden departure of Kim Cattrall as one of the main characters after 12 years on the series. Cattrall announced last year that she had written a letter to HBO asking for a pay raise, which would be equal to Sarah Jessica Parker’s salary as Carrie Bradshaw. Her contribution to the show so far has included a racy preview video for next week’s episode, and earlier this week, an Instagram post celebrating Cattrall’s birthday. She has declined to attend reunion events for the show or appear on the new series.

And so, there’s no special hat trick going on in the new series, beyond the momentum of a beloved movie being re-released and upgraded to 3D. (Watch HBO’s behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new series here.) In fact, a novel way of re-watching the show has been prepared: Just like that.

With its premiere episode addressing the high-profile rift between Cattrall and the creators of the show, the just-like-it episode serves to remind viewers of what made the original show great, with the sex, the casting, the dialogue, and the heightened dramatics. The last half hour of the episode features the return of two of the three other original stars from the original show: Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) and Chris Noth (Mr. Big). Similarly, HBO fans know that the network has given the same treatment to some of its most iconic shows. The newest Girls movie, two HBO concerts by Prince, and even every episode of True Detective.

For now, at least, it appears that the creative team behind the series — Bushnell and actors Cynthia Nixon and Chris Noth — are attempting to keep Cattrall out of the final season (for now, anyway), hoping they can bring her back into the fold once they’ve finished with the series and are no longer needing her input.

To help the recently published fan-fiction author sell the series to other outlets, Bushnell teamed up with the new HBO female-focused subscription service, Now TV, and has made their first sales, a simple e-book titled The Final Call. More seasons — and presumably more guest stars — are planned for the series, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before its iconic sex scenes can be revisited with Cattrall on board.

Read the full article at Mashable.

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