Author Candace Bushnell shared her thoughts on the 25th anniversary of the series Sex and the City and its recent reboot, And Just Like That…, in an interview with Variety.

Bushnell is the author of Sex and the City, a 1996 book that collected some of her New York Observer columns of the same name. The book and columns formed the basis of the television series of the same name, which ran on HBO from 1998 to 2004. The reboot premiered in 2021; its second season is scheduled to begin airing later this month.

Asked whether the original series would be as shocking as it was in the 1990s if it aired today, Bushnell said, “No, I don’t think so. I feel like the TV show was a forerunner of so many trends. I mean, wasn’t it really the first influencer show? Whatever they put on that show, people bought it.”

Bushnell reacted to the recent news that the character Samantha Jones, played by Kim Cattrall, would make a cameo on And Just Like That…, which came as a surprise to fans of the original series.

“Her character represented a lot of freedom and permission for women,” Bushnell said. “And I think the fans are super excited about her coming back, even if it’s just one cameo in the car. It’s a business decision, as these things always are. There’s a lot of goodwill towards And Just Like That…. People want it to work.”

The author also talked about Cattrall’s return to Page Six, saying, “When I heard the news I was happy and surprised. The fans love Kim and I think it will be great for the show. There was a piece missing. She was a major part of that girlfriend circle. I’m happy that Kim is going to go on there. I think it’s probably the greatest thing for the show. A lot of people miss Samantha.”

Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.