Sarah Jessica Parker Seemingly Confirms Aidan Shaw Will Be Appearing In 'AJLT' Season 2

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Warning: This article contains Sex and the City and And Just Like That... spoilers

And Just Like That..., season two of Sex and the City's reboot series is officially underway. Sarah Jessica Parker revealed the news by posting an image of the script on her Instagram page. The 57-year-old actor shared a snap of the cover page for the script, identifying it was for 'episode 201', but she didn't give too much away as the title was scribbled out.

The first series injected some much-needed frivolity and Fendi baguette bags into our lives when it landed on HBO in December 2021.

Parker's co-star Sara Ramirez, 47 also posted about the second season of show being in production.

She recently shared a photo of scripts and guidelines, and simply wrote: 'Shhhhh…. [sic]' in an accompanying caption. The photo was seemingly take at a cast table read, as she had a name card for season two with her character's name, Che. The series' costume designers have also revealed that preparations for the upcoming season have begun.

Last year, actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis announced they were starring in a follow-up series to their hit Nineties and Noughties drama, which ended with their respective characters settling down with Mr. Big (Carrie Bradshaw), Steve Brady (Miranda Hobbes) and Harry Goldenblatt (Charlotte York).

In the first series, written by Michael Patrick King, Bradshaw is seen navigating life as a single fifty-something following the death of Big, Hobbes splits from Brady to move to Los Angeles with her non-binary comedian partner Che Diaz, and York navigates parenting two children with her ever adorable partner. While Kim Cattrall declined to participate in the project, her character Samantha Jones is referred to numerous times during the reboot, and now lives in London.

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While some SATC fans have praised the new show for its progressiveness, addressing issues like gender identity, racial sensitivities, sexuality and ageing head-on, others have criticised it for its sometimes clumsy attempt to push a ‘woke’ agenda. ‘We can’t just stay who we were, right? There are more important issues in the world,’ Hobbes tells her human rights law professor in one of the earlier episodes.

In true SATC fashion, its wardrobe didn’t disappoint. Fans were treated to larger-than-life tangerine Valentino SS19 couture gowns, a traditional maroon lehenga by Falguni and Shane Peacock and a powder blue bodycon Norma Kamali dress that was almost identical (if not for the colour) to Carrie’s black mini dress in the second season of Sex and the City.

However, the reboot hasn’t been without its controversy, not only for Cattrall's refusal to take part, but also with scenes involving actor Chris Noth (Mr Big) being removed as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct coming out soon after episode one of AJLT… aired. Noth has denied all the accusations.

If you’re wondering how to fill that AJLT… hole left in your life after season one ended, fear not as a second season is on the cards.

Grab your tutu skirts and Manolo Blahniks and read on to find out everything we know about AJLT… season two:

Has And Just Like That…season two been confirmed?

Yes! And Just Like That season two has been confirmed. On March 21, 2022 HBO Max confirmed a renewal of the popular spin off for a second season.

Showrunner Michael Patrick King gave excited fans the news via a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: 'I am delighted and excited to tell more stories about these vibrant, bold characters — played by these powerful, amazing actors.

'The fact is, we're all thrilled. And Just Like That our Sex life is back.'

The 10-episode first season came to a conclusion in February 2022, and before the confirmation there were rumours flying around from actors and producers that fans could be treated to a second, 10-part season.

A source told Page Six: ‘The creative conversations haven’t happened yet, but everyone is feeling good about the show.’

Meanwhile, HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys told Vulture last year that a second season was ‘certainly a conversation we’ll have—for sure. But we haven’t decided anything or done anything.

‘I’m going to leave it up to these guys to figure out what they want to do, but I’m very happy with what they’ve done. I will tell you, it’s kind of what you want in a show like this. It really does feel like you’re picking up with old friends and haven’t missed a beat,’ he added.

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Actor Sarita Choudhury, who plays real estate agent Seema Patel in AJLT… season one, told Entertainment Tonight that she’s holding out for a second season.

‘Just the other day, I was thinking, “I wonder.” Because there's a point where they let you know if there is or not and we're not at that point yet. I was thinking, “God, I hope there is,” And also, I was thinking, you know when you bring in new characters and you just start establishing and everyone's getting used to all of us having grown up, Carrie's grown up.

‘I feel like the second [season] would be able to just jump into who they really are as opposed to getting the audience used to seeing what they're seeing. So I would love a second season, but I really don't know.’

As for Parker, she recently appeared on What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and cryptically spoke about John Corbett’s character Aidan Shaw’s role in a follow up series.

'Having said that, I think he would be … well I'm not gonna — I mean, yes, all of it is possible... All of it is possible,' she said of Shaw’s return for series two.

Could Kim Cattrall make an appearance in And Just Like That… season two?

Sadly Cattrall has made it pretty clear that she doesn't plan on reprising her role.

Speaking of a potential return to the series in an interview with Variety, she said: 'That's a no. It's powerful to say no.'

She also revealed that she turned down the initial series multiple times before agreeing to join as her character Samantha.

'I turned it down three times. I didn’t think I could do it,' she said. 'At 42, I really didn’t think I could pull it off. I finally said, "You're making a mistake here." We did the pilot — it was good but it wasn't there.

'And then it started to find its way. I realised, because I’d never done a series before, the more you play the character, like in theatre, the more you add to it and change. I remember one day, a laugh came out, and I thought, "Holy s**t, that’s great. Sam just got a new laugh."'

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As for watching the current show continue without her: 'It’s odd, isn’t it? I don’t know how to feel about it. This feels like an echo of the past.'

This doesn't take away from the joy she felt playing her SATC character previously.

She explained: 'Other than the really wonderful feeling of — it’s rare in my business — people wanting more, especially at 65. That feels powerful, that I’ve left something behind that I’m so proud of. I loved her. I loved her so, so, so much. It’s tough competition. The original show is in all of our imaginations. But for me, it feels clean.'

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She also spoke of being unaware about Parker saying she 'wouldn’t be OK’ with Cattrall returning to the show. 'I don't think I read it,' she said. 'It wouldn't happen anyway, so nobody has to worry about that.'

Elsewhere in the interview, Cattrall revealed 'I was never asked to be part of the reboot and 'found out about it like everyone else did — on social media'.

She admitted being heartbroken over a storyline intended for the the series' potential third movie, which was pitched to her, involving a sexting plot line between Samantha and Miranda's son Brady, 14.

She deemed it to be the reason she quit her SATC character.

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Cattrall added: 'It’s a great wisdom to know when enough is enough.

'I also didn’t want to compromise what the show was to me. The way forward seemed clear.'

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While she wasn't fond of the proposed plot line for the third movie, Cattrall toyed with the idea of it involving Samantha's 'financial woes', in relation to the 'tough' 2008 recession and having to sell her PR company 'to some guy who's wearing a hoodie'.

What a plot line that would be.

When previously asked whether Cattrall could appear in a future season, if it was to be commissioned, Bloys said: ‘I don’t think [she’d return]. I think they handled it really sensitively and really well. I don’t expect to have those conversations.’

In the opening scenes of And Just Like That... season one, Parker, Hobbes and York Goldenblatt tell character Bitsy von Muffling that Jones is living in London ‘for work’, and later touch on how the move came as a result of a dispute with the trio.

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Discussing how Jones is dealt with in the show, Nixon recently told us: ‘I really love it, I think it's great - the way we address it, head on.'

‘We reveal that there are layers to it. There’s what you tell casual acquaintances is the situation, and then when you're left alone and discuss it amongst yourselves, we get to a deeper level of sadness and confusion about it. We love this character, and we want to show great respect for her.’

Is it true that John Corbett will be reprising his role as Carrie’s ex-fiancé Aidan Shaw in And Just Like That... season two?

It had previously been reported that John Corbett's character Aidan Shaw could be revived for season two of And Just Like That... after all.

A report from Deadline, published on Friday August 19, sparked speculation that Bradshaw's loveable ex-fiancé Shaw might make a return.

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Parker seemingly confirmed on Tuesday, September 27 that Corbett would be reprising his role in season 2 of And Just Like That....

'Could be, could be,' Parker told Entertainment Tonight when asked if her former co-star would play her character's ex once again. 'Well, you know, I can't be like, cryptic about it anymore.'

Fans previously waited in hope that Shaw would make an appearance on season one after actor Corbett teased his involvement in the show.

He told Page Six in April 2021: 'I think I might be in quite a few [episodes].'

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In August 2022 Deadline reported that Corbett would have a 'substantial, multi-episode arc', thought it's yet to be seen whether Bradshaw and Shaw will be an item once again.

When will And Just Like That… season two be released?

While no official released date has been confirmed for the second season, King told Variety the aim is for the new season to begin streaming in the summer of 2023.

But Parker revealed in September 2022 that they haven't started filming yet.

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During the Hocus Pocus 2 premiere on September 27, 2022 while she confirmed the series is back in production, she shared: 'We haven't started shooting yet. We've only had a table read.'

Parker, Nixon and Davis announced season one was in the works on January 11, 2021 after filming for the season ended on November 8, 2021.

What would happen in the And Just Like That… season two plot?

Your guess is as good as ours, but it’s likely season one just touched on the surface of the protagonist’s complex relationships.

If we could dream up the second season, Patel and club owner Z, who began dating at the end of season one, would still be together (yet enjoying the occasional open relationship jaunt) and taking over the New York City social scene, one Old Fashioned at a time.

Despite enjoying a passionate kiss with her podcast producer Franklyn (Ivan Hernandez), Bradshaw would be back on the dating scene and writing yet another book, while York Goldenblatt and her husband would be loved-up as ever and coming to terms with their daughters’ beginning to date.

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Diaz and Hobbes will likely have split up, given the comedian’s admission that they don’t want to follow conventional dating tropes, while Brady (Steve, not his and Hobbes’ teenage son, FYI) will be in a relationship with a younger bar tender in Brooklyn and still enjoying his movie nights and ice cream toppings.

Is there an And Just Like That… season two trailer?

It will be a while before we see a trailer, as the second season hasn't started filming yet.

We will continue updating this article as more information comes in.


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