Tue. Nov 12th, 2019

The Informer

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It’s time to kill Samantha off from the ‘Sex and the City’ movies

3 min read

More like Sob and the City.

On Wednesday night, Sarah Jessica Parker appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, where she admitted she was heartbroken by last Octobers fallout with former co-star Kim Cattrall.

After rumors surfaced that Cattralls diva demands killed the film franchises third installment, the actress best known for playing Samantha Jones sat down with Piers Morgan to tell her side of the story, saying that she and SJP were never friends, and that Parker could have been nicer in the time they spent working together.

Parker says it took her a week to get over the blow. Shes still cagey about the future of Sex and the City 3 but as a jilted friend, she has power and recourse most of us dont.

The actress and producer should go forward with the movie. And she should do it by
shamelessly, unapologetically killing off fan favorite Samantha Jones. It could do her soul good and the franchise, too.

Dont misunderstand. I love me some Sam. (Her potty mouth! Her power suits!) But if we learned anything from the bizarre Sex and the City 2, its this: The writers no longer have any idea what to do with her.

Samanthas treatment in the film sequel was cruel. Gone was the passionate powerhouse we all adore. Instead, she became the butt of an extended joke about menopause. The script wasted her comedic timing on gross-out, groan-inducing puns like Lawrence of my Labia.

Is it any wonder Cattrall doesnt want to come back for more?

SATC2 revealed a sad failure of imagination when it came to the advancing ages of the original actresses. And no one suffered from this more than Cattrall, who, at 61, is the oldest of the bunch. Samantha was offered no dignity in aging. A character who was given a profound emotional arc over the course of the series was forced to regress in the name of cheap laughs.

Theres no saving Samantha, mostly because Cattrall refuses to come back. But there is still hope for SATC. Instead of ending the storied series on the 2010 sequels low note, Parker and writer/producer Michael Patrick King should give it one last try and let the show have a shot at a redemption tour.

And they can start by saying a proper goodbye to Sam.

Fans who support this idea suggest it would be easy enough to do: The character, a breast cancer survivor, could have an off-screen relapse and tragically succumb. This would make room for a new actress no offense to Sam, RIP and some fresh blood within the foursome.

Even Cattrall thinks its a good idea. On Twitter, shes suggested recasting Samantha with Sofa Vergara or Tiffany Haddish. Both great choices, but I say, Parker should skip over recasting Sam and just go ahead and replace her.

Think of the possibilities! A wild Williamsburg widow? A downtown doctor and divorcee? Think of the alliteration … and the outfits. Todays Type A sex bomb might even wear sneakers.

Consider it, SJP. This is chance for some personal and professional healing. The fans or at least this one can handle it.