What does it take to reunite Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte? How about a cool million bucks? Per episode, that is. According to new insider reports, actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis are pulling in more than $1 million per episode to make the new, 10-episode season of Sex and the City (which will be available on Crave in Canada).
For those who like to keep track of such things, that puts the actors on the same payment plan as stars like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston over at The Morning Show, or Nicole Kidman for her upcoming Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers, which is based on the Liane Moriarty novel of the same name. Except of course those actors all have Oscar wins on their resumes, which makes the reported SATC paydays even more buzz-worthy.
Big paydays for doing TV shows is becoming the norm in the industry right now as streaming services in the US fight each other to attract and retain the biggest star power. Case in point? The Friends cast is reportedly earning $2 million apiece just to do the upcoming reunion on HBO Max. Sex and the City has always been a big draw for HBO, so paying its stars for a limited-season run over at HBO Max makes total sense.
Parker and her co-stars confirmed the Sex and the City revival, titled And Just Like That, this past weekend with a teaser trailer on their social media pages. “I couldn’t help but wonder... where are they now?” Parker shared on Instagram on January 11.
Although 10 new episodes of SATC is the balm many fans could probably use right about now, there are plenty of people who voiced concerns that any installments of the show without original cast member Kim Cattrall (who played the sex-positive publicist Samantha Jones), just isn’t the same. After all, the series was known for its brazen approach to everyday issues of love, dating, relationships and sex, and how do you do that without Samantha (who, by the way, was also Carrie’s oldest bestie)?
It’s unclear how the show will write the character’s absence into the series, but fans are already speculating. Did she head back to L.A.? Did her cancer return? There are plenty of venues for the writers to take. In the meantime, one thing is for sure, and that’s that there’s still no love lost between Parker and Cattrall, whose lack of friendship has been widely covered in plenty of publications and on social media over the past few years.
Could a $10 million payday be the thing that brings Cattrall back to the series? Fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath, as it looks like everyone involved is okay to carry on without her, and Cattrall herself has confirmed in the past that she’s done with the character. For now, production on And Just Like That is scheduled to kick off in New York City this spring. In addition to carrying on their characters’ legacies (and dating lives) into their 50s, Parker, Nixon and Davis are also executive producing alongside original executive producer Michael Patrick King. So far, there’s no word on who else might reprise their original series roles for the new season.
Looking to catch up on the series and its two subsequent movies before the new episodes drop (probably sometime next year)? Throw on your own classic ballet skirts, pour yourself a cosmo, and catch up now via Crave.
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