Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City column led to the TV series and movies that defined a generation’s idea of love, dating, and urban life a couple of decades ago. And it acquainted millions of us with the characters Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte and their foibles—not to mention their wardrobes.
Now age 60, Bushnell is reflecting on women of a certain age with a new novel, due out in August. Called Is There Still Sex in the City?, the book has been picked up by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content to be transformed into a TV show, with Bushnell serving as executive producer as well as writer for the pilot.
I’m thrilled to be reflecting the rich, complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen.
But let’s get to what makes this interesting for our Tribe. It won’t be a chronicle of 30-somethings “doing it” in the back of cabs, questioning their friendships and careers, wondering if marriage is in the cards for them, or grappling with infertility. This time out, Bushnell is chronicling the lives of women in their 50s and 60s who reside in Manhattan and in a town in the country. (None of the characters from the original Sex and the City have been slated to return or make a reappearance in the new show, however. Sorry, no Chris Noth/Mr. Big!)
“At one time, 50-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,” explained Bushnell. “In short, retirement age folks weren’t meant to do much of anything but get older and a bit heavier. They weren’t expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again. But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50- and 60-something women look like today and I’m thrilled to be reflecting the rich, complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen.”
As for the title, Is There Still Sex in the City?, Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount TV, said, “We’re thrilled to be able to continue the 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!'” We’ll stay tuned!