Sex and the City is returning to TV (kinda)! According to Deadline. HBO’s beloved comedy about four female friends navigating sex and love in New York City has a follow-up series in the works, based on Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s upcoming book Is There Still Sex in the City?
The series will reportedly focus on the sex lives of characters over the age of 50. Bushnell laid out some of the challenges its older female characters will face:
“It didn’t used to be this way. At one time, 50-something meant the beginning of retirement — working less, spending more time on your hobbies, with your friends, who like you were sliding into a more leisurely lifestyle.
In short, retirement age folks weren’t meant to do much of anything but get older and a bit heavier. They weren’t expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again. But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50- and 60-something women look like today, and I’m thrilled to be reflecting the rich, complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen.”
Bushnell’s book will be released August 6, 2019. It reportedly takes place on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and at a countryside location known as The Village. Deadline says the book “looks at love and life from all angles — marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.”
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content own the rights to the TV adaptation of Bushnell’s book. Bushnell is writing the pilot and will serve as an executive producer on the show.
The original HBO series, which ran from 1998 to 2004 and spawned two films in 2008 and 2010, was beloved by many gay and lesbian fans for its sexy, humorous, matter-of-fact depiction of women’s friendships and sex lives. It’s unlikely that any of the original Sex and the City cast will star in the follow-up seeing as they couldn’t get their act together to create a third film.
The show’s follow-up series would be one of the few TV shows to actually deal with older adults as main characters. Netflix‘s Grace and Frankie concentrates on its older characters’ love lives, and so does NBC’s revival of Will & Grace. The beloved sitcom The Golden Girls occasionally dealt with the sexual and romantic lives of its elderly female ensemble.
A newer show called Silver Foxes (currently in development) seeks to portray the personal lives of older gay men. The comedic web series West 40s, about a group of gay friends navigating their 40s in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, does as well. Its first episode went online July 2018.