Production is slated to begin in New York this March on HBO's new comedy series SEX AND THE CITY, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and created by Darren Star, it was announced today by Chris Albrecht, president, HBO Original Programming. The series is based on Candace Bushnell's best-seller of the same name and will debut 13 half-hour episodes beginning in June.
"Darren has clearly demonstrated that he is the perfect person to take these stories of contemporary and complicated relationships and bring them to the screen," said Albrecht. "The comedy series will reveal the hidden truths about sex and dating in the '90s. I'm delighted that we can bring this fascinating world to life for our subscribers."
"SEX AND THE CITY belongs on HBO," noted Star. "I can't think of another place that would give us the freedom to produce this candid and comical take on contemporary sex and relationships."
Parker stars as Carrie, a young New York writer who explores the unique world of Manhattan's dating scene, chronicling the mating habits of New York's cultural elite as she looks for love in all the wrong places. SEX AND THE CITY also stars Kim Cattrall ("Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"), Kristin Davis ("Melrose Place") and Cynthia Nixon ("Marvin's Room"). Chris Noth ("Law & Order") appears in the pilot and will recur as Carrie's love interest.
Sarah Jessica Parker's film credits include "The First Wives Club," "Miami Rhapsody," "L.A. Story," "Mars Attacks!," "Til There Was You," "Honeymoon in Vegas" and "Ed Wood." On stage, she has appeared in "Once Upon a Mattress," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Sylvia"; as a young girl, she starred in "Annie." Parker also starred in the television series "Square Pegs."
Darren Star created and was executive producer of "Beverly Hills 90210," "Melrose Place" and "Central Park West."
Candace Bushnell's book has received rave reviews, with Elle calling it "addictive" and People hailing the book as "hilarious" and "entertaining." Bushnell was also a columnist for the New York Observer.
The first episode of SEX AND THE CITY is directed by Susan Seidelman ("Desperately Seeking Susan") and written by Star.
SEX AND THE CITY is created and executive produced by Darren Star; co-executive producer, Michael Patrick King.