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Sex and the City is getting a follow-up TV series based on a new book

Sex and the City is getting a follow-up TV series based on a new book

Cast of Sex and the City

There’s a new follow-up series to HBO’s hit show Sex in the City in the works.

According to Deadline, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content obtained the rights to Candace Bushnell’s new book, Is There Still Sex in the City? to develop as a series.

Bushnell is the author of the Sex and the City, the book on which the original series was based.

Her upcoming book explores the realities of love, dating, and life in New York City for those over the age of 50.

As Deadline details, it’s set in ‘between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village’. It focuses primarily on women and their experience in life, including children, divorce, and the unfair pressures put upon them by society.

‘It didn’t used to be this way. At one time, fifty something meant the beginning of retirement—working less, spending more time on your hobbies, with your friends, who like you were sliding into a more leisurely lifestyle,’ Bushnell said in a statement.

As she explained, however, life still happens for people over 50.

She added: ‘I’m thrilled to be reflecting the rich, complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen.’

Will the new series have better representation?

The original series, which ran from 1998 to 2004, became a major hit. It also found a dedicated fanbase within the LGBTI community.

As lead star Sarah Jessica Parker admitted last year, though, the show didn’t represent LGBTI people as well as it should have.

‘There were no women of color… and there was no substantial conversation about the LGBTQ community,’ she said at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival.

This new show may be a chance to rectify that oversight.

Bushnell is writing the pilot script and will also serve as an executive producer on the series.

Liza Chasin and Robyn Meisinger, two other executive producers, praised Bushnell’s new work: ‘It is no surprise that Candace has written a fantastic, relatable, insightful, funny and deeply honest portrayal of women in their 50’s. We are thrilled to be working with her on turning it into a series.’

Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, also confirmed the question the book poses: ‘We’re thrilled to be able to continue that conversation from the underrepresented point of view of women in their 50s and answer the question with, “Yes! There is more sex in the city!”‘

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