“And just like that”: the shoe must continue

“I’m a woman in my fifties, so I’m well aware that your life doesn’t end, whether you find a guy or a girl or not, whether you have kids or not, do you?” Davis said. “We can attest to the fact that it’s not over, and it’s not boring. So I never doubted that we could tell interesting stories.

What were these stories, no one would spoil them. Enthusiastic fans analyzed this 30-second teaser with the exegetical rigor generally reserved for ancient hieroglyphics. So here’s what I learned: Big (Chris Noth) isn’t dead. Samantha is not dead, although Cattrall’s absence means she does not appear onscreen.

“No one is dead,” King said. Person? “Anybody.”

And yet Willie Garson, who played Carrie’s gay best friend Stanford Blatch, has died during the filming of “And Just Like That”, a sad reminder of the passing of time and the heartache it can bring. His death was not written in the series.

“Because it wasn’t charming,” King said. “And I knew the public would know about it.”

“And Just Like That” wants to charm. This is not the first comedy about middle-aged women. Since the end of “Sex and the City”, television has offered “Cougartown”, “Hot in Cleveland”, “Younger”. September brought “On the Verge” by Julie Delpy. But other than a few statement necklaces, none of these shows had the glamor of “Sex and the City” and none were so groundbreaking – in the straightforwardness of the sex discourse, in the emphasis on female subjectivity, in the defense of single women, even though he has matched just about all of them.

Will “And Just Like That” exert the same cultural and avant-garde influence, even in a culture obsessed with youth, even in a world saturated with content? King, predictably but not unreasonably, argues that it could be.

“If it was ambitious – ambitious apartments, ambitious clothes, ambitious people – it’s still an aspiration,” he said.

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