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Sex & The City return confirmed with teaser video shared by leads / Queerty

Sex & The City return confirmed with teaser video shared

The TV return of Sex & The City is happening. Sarah Jessica Parker, 55, posted an Instagram video last night in her character of Carrie Bradshaw. A montage of shots of New York City is cut against a shot of a computer screen.

The words, “I couldn’t help but wonder…” are typed on the screen. This was a recurring phrase her character used when writing her columns on single life. They’re followed by, “And just like that…”, before “‘The story continues…”

A logo for HBOMax follows, with the hashtag, #SATCNextChapter. In a caption accompanying the video, Parker wrote: “I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ”

The same video was posted by co-stars Kristen Davis, 55, (Charlotte) and Cynthia Nixon, 54, (Miranda). However, it was not shared by Kim Cattrall, 64 (Samantha), who has already stated in interviews that she was happy not to be included in negotiations about a return of the show.

Related: Twitter is NOT into the idea of a Samantha-less “Sex and the City” reboot

According to USA Today, the 10-episode TV series will have the title And Just Like That. Former writer and director Michael Patrick King will return to executive produce the show, alongside Parker, Davis and Nixon. However, the original series creator, Darren Star, will not be returning. A new showrunner has yet to be announced.

And Just Like That will focus on the women’s lives as, “they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s,” according to an HBO Max news release.

Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max said about the new show: “I grew up with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humor and the beloved city that has always defined them.”

The statement made no mention of Kim Cattrall or her absence from the show.

Based on Candace Bushnell’s 1996 book, the original Sex & The City ran from 1998 until 2004, and returned for two movies, in 2008 and 2010. A prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, with AnnaSophia Robb as young Carrie Bradshaw, ran for two seasons on the CW starting in 2013.

In 2017, Cattrall said she had turned down the offer of a third S&TC movie, resulting in Warner Bros deciding not to proceed with the project. It’s believed the other lead actresses were disappointed by Cattrall’s decision.

Parker told TV Extra in September of that year, “It’s over. We’re not doing it… I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but I think more so for that audience that has been so vocal about wanting another movie.”

Later that same year, Cattrall said she would “never” appear in another Sex & The City movie. She told Piers Morgan during a TV interview she had “never been friends” with her co-stars and confirmed there had been tension between her and Parker.

Related: Here’s everything we know about the “Sex and the City” follow-up TV series

The Sex & The City reboot will begin shooting in New York in the late spring. No premiere date has yet been announced.

Drag Race UK season 2 cast revealed ahead of January return

Ellie Diamond, Asttina Mandella and Ginny Lemon from Drag Race UK season two.

Ellie Diamond, Asttina Mandella and Ginny Lemon from Drag Race UK season two. (BBC)

The Drag Race UK season two queens are finally here.

After feverish anticipation, frustrating delays and the small matter of a global pandemic, Drag Race UK season two is ready to spread its tuppence all over your screen.

Returning 14 January on BBC iPlayer, the new season will see RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton preside over a diverse new cast of queens, including the franchise’s first Welsh and Scottish contestants.

Expect glamour, spook, vocals, veganism and a whole lot of regional dialects for RuPaul to smile and nod at.

The twelve competing queens are: Tayce, Joe Black, A’Whora, Tia Kofi, Ellie Diamond, Sister Sister, Veronica Green, Bimini Bon Boulash, Ginny Lemon and Asttina Mandella.

The Drag Race UK season two cast.
The Drag Race UK season two cast. (BBC)

Also announced Wednesday (16 December) was Drag Race UK: Queens on Lockdown, a mid-series special uncovering how the queens spent their time during the long, pandemic-mandated break in filming.

Tayce, 26, from London via Newport.

Tayce
Tayce. (BBC)

Drag Race UK’s first Welsh queen is a “girl on the go” who describes her drag as “modelesque, very villainous, dark, punky, edgy… a sexy owl here to peck your face away with my claws”.

Well-known on the London drag scene, Tayce is “here, queer and ready to let these girls have it”.

Like a few girls this season, Tayce has an aversion to the sewing machine, but doesn’t expect that will stop her from making it to very end “by hook or by crook”.

Joe Black, 30, from Brighton.

Joe Black
Joe Black. (BBC)

Joe has been performing for 13 years and comes from the world of burlesque and cabaret – “all ostrich feathers and glitter and strippers”.

She is bringing “all the eye shadow and the wonky eyebrows of the traditional seaside drag, with a bit of haunted glamour”.

A’whora, 23, from London via Nottinghamshire.

A'whora
A’whora. (BBC)

A’whora is the “fashion queen of the London scene” determined to prove that she’s a lot more than just her incredible looks.

“I wanna walk into a club and people be intimidated”, says the plastic surgery enthusiast, whose next procedure is getting her “fingers done”.

Tia Kofi, 30, from from London via Essex and Nottingham.

Tia Kofi
Tia Kofi. (BBC)

Tia Kofi is one-third of drag girl group The Vixens, but is entering Drag Race UK to “Beyoncé myself”.

Proud to be representing British queens of colour, Tia Kofi is bringing you “end of the pier Blackpool”.

“She’s live singing, she’s all dancing, she’s camp, she’s glamour, she’s also a mess.”

Ellie Diamond, 21, from Dundee.

Ellie Diamond
Ellie Diamond. (BBC)

Standing 6’4 out of drag, Ellie is “a really big queen – literally – in a tiny little pond”.

She joins Drag Race UK season two having performed outside of Dundee only once before.

She currently works in a drive-thru, and describes her drag as a “cartoon character came to life”.

Sister Sister, 32 from Liverpool.

Sister Sister
Sister Sister. (BBC)

A Sister Sister show is about “wacky monsters going for it”, inspired by old-school, Victoria Wood-style British comedy.

She can sew, turn a look, dance – although “not well” – and is here to represent a unique part of Liverpool’s drag scene

“You have the gorgeous queens of Dragtown, you have the queer scene who like to get down dark and dirty, and then you have me just plonked in the middle.”

Veronica Green, 34, from London via Rochdale.

Veronica Green
Veronica Green. (BBC)

“Gorgeous, goofy and professional”, Veronica Green has been in the industry as a theatre and opera singer for 15 years.

Although her dream of singing in Wicked hasn’t come true (yet), she’s ready to take the Drag Race UK crown.

“I am the most competitive person I know, and I will fight you on that if you disagree.”

Bimini Bon Boulash, 26, from London via Norfolk.

Bimini Bon Boulash
Bimini Bon Boulash. (BBC)

“East London’s bendiest b***h,” Bimini grew up in Norfolk but is now a staple of the capital’s “diverse, vibrant, colourful” drag scene.

Incredibly, Bimini invented veganism “about seven years ago”, and fancies herself the dancing queen of the season.

“I wanna show that you don’t have to be shady, be super b***hy to prove that you’ve got something.”

Ginny Lemon, 31 from Worcestershire.

Ginny Lemon
Ginny Lemon. (BBC)

Fancy a slice? Ginny Lemon is the “hairiest woman in showbiz” and “the only non-binary drag queen in the UK… with a sense of humour”.

Her ideal look is a “90s daytime TV presenter on acid”, she’s bringing you a “down o earth, working class sense of humour”.

“You’ll get high energy, madness, the unplanned.”

Asttina Mandella, 27 from London.

Asttina Mandella
Asttina Mandella. (BBC)

A backing dancer for the likes of Hercules and Love Affair, Pussycat Dolls, Little Mix and Kanye West, Asttina is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, vogue, whacking, hip-hop and street dance – but she’s also “a big geek”.

“Now it’s my time to be on the poster,” she says.

“I’m Serena Williams and Naomi Campbell if they had a baby, plus Azealia Banks at the same time.”

Cherry Valentine, 26 from Darlington.

Cherry Valentine
Cherry Valentine. (BBC)

Cherry Valentine only started doing drag a year ago, but tells her haters: “I’ve been doing it as long as I need.”

“She’s glamour, she’s club kid, she’s dark, she’s gothic,” she says of her drag.

When she’s not serving body and face, Cherry is a qualified mental health nurse, something she credits with helping her on her drag journey.

Lawrence Chaney, 23 from Glasgow.

Lawrence Chaney.
Lawrence Chaney. (BBC)

Inspired by Lady Gaga, Madonna and Michelle McManus, Lawrence is “every single stereoytpe you are thinking right now of what a Scottish person is”.

“I’m almost the fat b****d of drag from Austin Powers,” she says, and is here to represent the big queens.

“I really wanna show that a big girl can enter the competition and really showcase the inner beauty and the outer beauty that we all heave. Not wear leotards with fringe on them.”

Ellen DeGeneres is already battling controversy weeks after show’s return

Ellen DeGeneres

Her show has only been back a few weeks, and already Ellen DeGeneres is involved in yet more backlash after grilling Justin Bieber on when he and wife Hailey will have children.

Having battled controversy after controversy this year, DeGeneres has stirred up more drama over her treatment of Bieber in an episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show‘s 18th season.

Her line of questioning began when she asked Bieber: “How many kids are you going to have and when?”

The singer responded: “I’m going to have as many as Hailey is wishing to push out. I’d love to have myself a little tribe. But, yeah, it’s her body and whatever she wants to do.”

He said that the couple want a “few” children, but DeGeneres kept pushing, asking: “What are you all waiting for? You know you love kids. You’re so good with kids. What’s the holdup?”

Appearing uncomfortable, Bieber, 26, said of his wife who is 24 years old: “I think the issue – there’s not really an issue, but I think Hailey still has some things she wants to accomplish as a woman.

“And I think she just wants to – yeah, I think she just is not ready yet, and I think that’s okay.”

Viewers took to social media to criticise the interview, pointing out that for many, children and fertility can be a very sensitive topic.

One wrote: “Okay so I don’t follow their drama or whatever but Ellen was grilling Justin Bieber about when he and Hailey are gonna have kids and like…COULD ELLEN NOT?!?!?!”

STOP DOING THIS,” said another. “Seriously, it’s uncomfortable, especially if someone WANTS one but can’t or has had a miscarriage, etc. There’s more to being married or in a long term relationship than having babies. Stop asking.” 

One person tweeted: “Wow. Even if you think it’s funny, it’s not. What if they had been trying and didn’t want to talk about it? Can we stop asking families when they’re going to have kids?”

Others recalled a 2008 interview with Mariah Carey on DeGeneres’s show, in which the host pushed the pop queen into revealing a pregnancy she later miscarried, pressuring her to sip champagne to “toast not being pregnant”.

One person wrote: “I thought Ellen had learned her lesson… By the awkwardness seen in Justin Bieber’s face, you crossed the line again, like with Mariah Carey.”