Sex and the City was an incredibly popular series that ran for six seasons, ending in 2004. But did it end the way it should have? People reports that Darren Star, the creator of the show, doesn’t think it did. In fact, Star feels that the happy ending was a betrayal of his creation.
“For me, in a way – and I didn’t [write] those last episodes – if you’re empowering other people to write and produce your show, you can’t… say certain things. At a certain point, you’ve got to let them follow their vision… But I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage. Not that they can’t. But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That’s what had made women so attached. At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy. But unless you’re there to write every episode, you’re not going to get the ending you want.”
All that is to say that Carrie shouldn’t have ended up happily reuniting with Mr. Big.
— Jen (@jenren87) January 18, 2015
But where did Star get all his fodder for his storylines? Us Weekly reports that Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City, said that the writers for the show used relationships from their own personal lives or stories from friends to come up with the gems on the series.
“They had a rule in the writing that nothing can be written that didn’t literally happen to someone in the writer’s room or someone they knew first hand. It couldn’t be my father’s brother’s sister’s shoe repair guy heard once that you know. So that the outlandish physical, sexual things that happened… they really did happen.”
Sex and the City was so popular that it has inspired the creation of an African show called An African City.
— 97.3 Citi FM (@Citi973) January 10, 2016
City Lab reports that the African equivalent to Sex and the City is set to air its second season. Show creator Nicole Amarteifio says that the series reveals the cosmopolitan side of Africa people don’t generally hear about.
“There’s one story we very often hear about Africa — war, poverty, famine — but when you look at a city like Accra today, it’s really cosmopolitan, hip, and modern, and I wanted to put that version of the continent on the map. I’m trying to start a different conversation.”
Amarteifio says her inspiration really did come from watching Sex and the City.
“I was watching a lot of old episodes of Sex and the City, and one day I thought — this is how you fight those stereotypes, with an African version of this. Sarah Jessica Parker would probably be really surprised to learn she was my answer for how to bulldoze Africa’s ‘single story.'”
Check out the trailer for Season 2.
What a wonderful concept An African City is. As for Sex and the City, a couple of alumni were recently seen together. Entertainment Weekly reported in January that Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big, and John Corbett, who played Aiden Shaw, got together prior to the Golden Globe Awards at a Spotlight and Ketel One celebration.
— Dena Rodriguez (@denadrummz) January 11, 2016
So will fans ever get to see the whole Sex and the City cast reunite for another movie? The Guardian reports that Cynthia Nixon has said there really is no need for another Sex and the City movie.
“We don’t need another Sex and the City because we learned the lesson of the show: marriage isn’t the be all and end all in women’s minds any more, and women are friends with each other in a way that rivals their romantic relationships.”
Fans of Sex and the City might disagree!
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