Monday, June 17, 2024

Review: And Just Like That, Miranda’s Drinking Problem Has Disappeared, “SATC” 2.0 Likely to Be Renewed


First: “Sex and the City: And Just Like That” will likely be renewed any day now. It’s mindless enough, has the franchise name, and Michael Patrick King has set up enough new stories that they can do 10 more of these things without too much trouble.

Second: Today, episode 9 of the first 10 drops to the ground like a watermelon from David Letterman’s old window. It seemed like Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) had a drinking problem. She drank like a fish, everywhere, even stopped into Smith’s seedy Bar on Eighth Avenue for a morning drink. But that has all evaporated now. What could have been an Emmy winning storyline for Nixon has just frittered away. Instead, Miranda has dumped her husband for Che, so all her problems are so yesterday.

I may be one of the few people who can’t stand Che. It’s just too much of her. And too much of the relationship at the expense of Miranda’s marriage to Steve. Nixon is such a fine actress, I can watch her do anything. But the whole thing has felt forced.

Charlotte (Kristin Davis) has the best stories thanks to her daughters and her own navigating new friends who happen to be Black. Nicole Ari Parker and Chris Jackson are killing it as the Wexleys. I so want to see more of them. I want Paula Patton to play Lisa’s sister. I want the Wexleys to get their own show.

I also love Nya (Karen Pittman) and her husband is played by Shy Baldwin from “Mrs, Maisel,” the one and only Leroy McClain. But introducing two couples makes the chances for “Sex and the City” to be a little dull, no? As for Sarita Choudhury as the realtor, the jury is still out. She’s terrific, but the character so far has been there to prop up the fourth leg of the table with Kim Cattrall gone. But all of these new characters are so well drawn, they could literally move to their own series.

Carrie: is a mess. They’ve made her a rich widow. I have no idea what she does (the podcast is idiotic) in the New York literary world. She used to be a striver, a freelance writer who needed money and was navigating life in the city as a single girl. Now she’s “the white girl who writes checks.” Yikes. Take the money away from her, it’s holding her back as a character. And bring back Brenda Vaccaro!

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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