Monday, April 15, 2024

Sex and the City: And Just Like That the Theme Music from the TV Series is Gone, Did Anyone Notice?


And just like that, the theme music from “Sex and the City” is gone.

Has anyone noticed?

In the HBO Max reboot, there is no opening sequence of Carrie getting splashed by a bus passing by with her face on the side.

And there’s no jaunty theme music written Douglas Cuomo.

I wondered if maybe the license expired and HBO didn’t want to pay for it anymore. But Cuomo– who’s writing operas and pieces for the London Philharmonic now — says that’s not it.

“HBO owns the music, they can do anything they want with it,” he told me. “Maybe it’s because the women are older and they’re not in that place anymore dramatically. But I don’t know.”

The “SATC” theme is heard just at the very beginning of Episode 1, for a second, and slowly fading out. Instead, there is no theme. It’s all existing music, disco, or some pedestrian stuff

But maybe that’s what’s wrong with “And Just Like That.” With one character MIA, another dead, and one more exiting after episode 3, the show has a somber tone to it. It’s not fun anymore. Cuomo’s theme set a great tone. And it’s glaringly missing.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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