EXCLUSIVE: Sex and the City fans can rejoice – Aidan Shaw by John Corbett go Reuniting with ex-lover Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) on HBO Max It’s that simple… I hear that Corbett is set for a substantial multi-episode arc in season two of Sex and the City sequel, reprising his role as the friendly furniture maker. Representatives for HBO Max and Corbett declined to comment.
Corbett’s Aidan was one of two notable Sex and the City fan-favorite characters who didn’t appear in the first season of It’s that simple…, along with Kim Cattrall’s Samantha. While the revival of the iconic HBO series was heralded early on with a focus on Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) with no plans for Cattrall’s involvement, fans waited until the last few seconds of the season. finale for Aiden to appear after Corbett teased him about participation, telling Page Six in April 2021, “I think I might be in some [episodes].”
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Parker, who also serves as an executive producer on It’s that simple…found the feat amusing.
“It was fun. It was fun for him to say that,” she said in Watch what happens live this last February. “When he actually reached out, very kindly, because he’s nothing but a gentleman, and he apologized for making it as a joke, and then I was like, ‘No, no, no, it’s a free country before all.’ And I thought it was kind of delicious and fun.”
After the end of February, executive producer Michael Patrick King explained to Deadline why Aidan didn’t appear on the season, which dealt with the fallout from Carrie’s husband, Mr. Big (Chris Noth), dying at the end of the first episode.
“It really felt like this was a lot for Carrie,” he said. “This season has been a lot. We wanted to make it through [Big’s death] and for the light – the last episode is called ‘Seeing the Light’. We wanted to take it off. [Aidan’s return] It’s a big story that everyone at home wrote that we never intended.”
In the same February interview, Parker did not rule out a possible appearance by Corbett in the second season.
“I think he would be… I mean, I won’t, yes, anything is possible,” she said.
In the closing moments of the season one finale, Carrie is seen kissing podcast producer Franklyn (Ivan Hernandez), a sign that she is ready to start dating again after a period of grief.
Corbett played Carrie Bradshaw’s (Parker) intermittent boyfriend and later fiancé Aidan Shaw in seasons 3 and 4 of Sex and City. They split twice, the first time after she confessed to sleeping with her future husband Mr. Big, and the second time when she couldn’t commit after Aidan proposed and the two got engaged.
Carrie and Aidan mended fences in Season 6 when they ran into each other on the street, with Aidan revealing that he was married and had a young son. Fate brought them together again in the movie Sex and the City 2 at a market in Abu Dhabi. The two shared a passionate kiss during a dinner party later, but with both being married at the time (and Aidan also a father of three), Carrie ran away. A Carrie and Aidan reunion years later will likely have to address what happened to Aidan’s wife Kathy.
Corbett is reprising another beloved character in a romantic comedy franchise, Ian in the third My big fat Greek wedding film, which has just wrapped production in Greece.
Rosy Cordero contributed to this report.
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