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SATC reboot And Just Like That… is met with lukewarm early reaction

Sex And The City’s reboot And Just Like That… was met with lukewarm initial reviews from fans following its early morning premiere on Thursday.  

The return comes 23 years after the original TV series debuted – and 11 years since the second movie, with Sarah Jessica Parker, playing Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon, starring as Miranda Hobbes, and Kristin Davis, as Charlotte York all returning. 

The biggest scandal of the return however was two major plot points – the absence of Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones and the death of Chris Noth’s Mr Big, which we witness in heartbreaking scenes at the end of episode one. 

After the first two episodes aired, fans flooded social media to lament his passing while also insisting SATC without Samantha is ‘terrible’. 

Oh… Sex And The City’s reboot And Just Like That… was met with lukewarm initial reviews from fans following its early morning premiere on Thursday

The first and second episodes are packed with glamour, sass, many nods to political correctness and sensitivity – however we soon see Carrie left as widower. 

At the end of Episode One, Mr Big is seen riding on his Peleton exercise bike before he dies from a heart attack and is found by a sobbing Carrie. 

Viewers swiftly took issue with the scenes, writing on Twitter: ‘So they killed big on sex and the city and now I wanna flip tables… @ #AndJustLikeThat writers….i am devastated x… i will never recover im being so serious #AndJustLikeThat… 

‘All these years we see Carrie chasing that love and once she has that, she loses it again?! What kind of disrespect is this to the fans!…

Shocking: The biggest scandal of the return however was a major plot after the death of Chris Noth's Mr Big, which we witness in heartbreaking scenes at the end of episode one

Shocking: The biggest scandal of the return however was a major plot after the death of Chris Noth’s Mr Big, which we witness in heartbreaking scenes at the end of episode one

Uh oh: Others took issue with Samantha's absence, after Kim Cattrall refused to return to the show amid rumours of bad blood with Sarah

Uh oh: Others took issue with Samantha’s absence, after Kim Cattrall refused to return to the show amid rumours of bad blood with Sarah

No! His death caused heartache among enraged fans

No! His death caused heartache among enraged fans

‘I just want a fun series to escape to!#AndJustLikeThat… i am heartbroken… No I’m sorry I do not accept the ending of #AndJustLikeThat I DO NOT ACCEPT’. 

Fans also joked that Peloton exercise bikes would suffer due to the scenes, writing ‘And just like that .. Peloton shares plummeted… Sex and The City might have just tanked Peloton, in the very first episode! 

Others took issue with Samantha’s absence, after Kim refused to return to the show amid rumours of bad blood with Sarah. 

Pained: At the end of Episode One, Mr Big is seen riding on his Peleton exercise bike before he dies from a heart attack and is found by a sobbing Carrie

Pained: At the end of Episode One, Mr Big is seen riding on his Peleton exercise bike before he dies from a heart attack and is found by a sobbing Carrie

Pained: Fans were less than impressed

Pained: Fans were less than impressed 

Her departure is quietly alluded to, as the girls reveal she is in London while Carrie later shows that a number of her messages have been rejected from the PR guru.  

Fans wrote: ‘Put more respect on Samantha Jones. She was the most understanding friend in that group and would never go ghost like that. Lazy-a*s writers…

‘#AndJustLikeThat… Oh god. The way they’re handling Samantha’s absence is far too much of a parallel for the real life situation and it is CRINGE. #andjustlikethat… Listening to the Samantha disrespect like #AndJustLikeThat.’

In more general reviews, Twitter users wrote:: ‘I tried watching the new Sex and the city reboot Just like that and honestly it was terrible without Samantha. I won’t be wasting my time again #SATC…

Gone? Her departure is quietly alluded to, as the girls reveal she is in London while Carrie later shows that a number of her messages have been rejected from the PR guru

Gone? Her departure is quietly alluded to, as the girls reveal she is in London while Carrie later shows that a number of her messages have been rejected from the PR guru

Ouch: Fans wrote: 'Put more respect on Samantha Jones. She was the most understanding friend in that group and would never go ghost like that. Lazy-a*s writers'

Ouch: Fans wrote: ‘Put more respect on Samantha Jones. She was the most understanding friend in that group and would never go ghost like that. Lazy-a*s writers’

Oh! Her return caused a mix of happiness and rage among viewers

Oh! Her return caused a mix of happiness and rage among viewers 

‘No offense, but I do not believe anyone who says the Sex and the City reboot is good… Sex and the city without Sam is just the city :/… watching #AndJustLikeThat – never watched Sex and the City but it MUST have been better than this, surely?’

While the show loses one original cast member, it gains three new ones with Sarah Ramirez (Che Diaz), Nicole Ari Parker (Lisa Todd Wedley), Karen Pittman (Dr. Nya Wallace) and Sarita Chouhdury (Seema Patell) joining the ladies.  

While promoting the show on Tuesday night on The Late Show with Steven Colbert, Cynthia and Kristin essentially confirmed that they filmed ‘fake scenes’ to throw rabid fans off. 

Happy couple: Early scenes show the couple putting on a romantic display

Happy couple: Early scenes show the couple putting on a romantic display 

‘Yes, definitely!’ Davis exclaimed, while Nixon shook her head with a wry smile and said, ‘Absolutely not.’

Colbert pointed at Davis and said, ‘I believe you,’ and when Colbert asked again, Nixon shrugged and conceded, ‘It might be true.’ 

Other returning stars include Mario Cantone (Anthony Marentino), Evan Handler (Harry Goldblatt), David Eigenberg (Steve Brady), and the late Willie Garson, who filmed three episodes as Carrie’s longtime friend Stanford Blatch, before passing away from pancreatic cancer in September at age 57. 

And Just Like That… was created by Michael Patrick King, based on the books by Candace Bushnell.   

Pained: In the first and second episodes we see Carrie left as widower, when her husband Mr Big dies from a heart attack in the end of the first episode, while the second follows funeral plans and the final goodbye (and subtle nods to Samantha)

Pained: In the first and second episodes we see Carrie left as widower, when her husband Mr Big dies from a heart attack in the end of the first episode, while the second follows funeral plans and the final goodbye (and subtle nods to Samantha)


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