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Kim Cattrall to Return as Samantha Jones in ‘Sex and the City’ Revival


Kim Cattrall, the actress who played the boldly sex-positive Samantha through six seasons and two movies of “Sex and the City” but who has been glaringly absent from the show’s revival, to many fans’ dismay, will appear in a single scene of its second season, the streaming service Max confirmed Thursday.

The reboot, called “And Just Like That,” has followed the opposite three leading actors — Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis — as their characters navigated the connection, profession and family drama of their mid-50s. The query of whether Cattrall would return had been hanging over the show since its inception: She had declined to participate in a 3rd film, and rumors of a feud between Parker and Cattrall had swirled for years.

On Thursday, Variety reported that within the upcoming season of the series on Max (previously often called HBO Max), Cattrall will make her return, but only in a single scene — a phone conversation with Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw — that was filmed individually from the opposite stars.

A representative for Cattrall didn’t immediately return a request for comment. Fans and critics had bemoaned the lack of Samantha, who was ceaselessly a source of comic relief, within the reboot. Her absence is explained with a job in London, and in a single episode, viewers saw her character in the shape of a number of text message bubbles to Bradshaw, including one with a little bit of bawdy humor.

Because the end of “Sex and the City,” Cattrall has starred in “Filthy Wealthy,” a short-lived Fox show by which she played a founding father of a Christian television network, and appeared in “How I Met Your Father,” one other reboot of a beloved series.

She told Variety last 12 months that she had decided against returning to the “Sex and the City” franchise because she didn’t want “to compromise what the show was to me,” saying, “It’s an important wisdom to know when enough is enough.”

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