New series fits the bill

The return to our screens of hit 1990s American TV show Sex and the City may also see the return to acting of convicted sex offender Bill Cosby.

News broke this week that a new series titled And Just Like That… will pick up where SATC left off 17 years ago.

The original program set around the lives of four young single women living, working, and socialising in New York ran for six series from 1998 to 2004.

The new series will show how the women live their lives now that they are in their 50s.   

Pay TV production company HBO Max told me it was planning a 10-episode series with production starting soon and three stars of the original show, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis would return to the roles of Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte.

But the big news is the conditional signing of Cosby to fill the fourth role following the decision by Kim Cattrall not to return to play Samantha.

Director of programming for HBO Max, Max H Bo, told me it was a brave decision to cast Cosby but he was sure it would pay off.

“A TV show focussed only on the sex lives of four young white women might have been acceptable in the 1990s, but not now,” Mr Bo said.

“The world has changed in 17 years and this is also the era of Me Too and Black Lives Matter.

“We needed to come up with a cast that demonstrated racial diversity, gender and age balance, and referenced the #metoo movement. Who better than Bill Cosby to personify all those elements?”

Mr Bo said arrangements for Cosby to star in the show were still being negotiated.

“Bill himself readily agreed to sign up for the role, saying he had no engagements pencilled in his diary until after September 2028,” he said.

“He is willing to work for a reduced fee provided we can negotiate day release for him with the prison authorities in Pennsylvania.

“We hope to do that soon, arguing that the new series should be viewed as part of his rehabilitation program.

“If that fails, we’ll show them the script for the episode 10 finale in which Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte tie down Bill’s character and use a bread knife to cut off his balls.”