‘Sex and the City’ Writer, From CT, Talks New Solo Show


She will present the show at the Ridgefield Playhouse on November 11, taking audiences on a tour of New York City, from Studio 54 to “Sex and the City,” sharing her insights through stories of fashion, literature and sex while pouring cosmos.

According to a press release, “Is there still sex in the city?” is currently in development as a television series with Paramount.

Her most famous TV foray is, of course, the HBO show “Sex and the City,” which ran from 1998 to 2004 with Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, along with Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. In December 2021, HBO released “And Just Like That”, a revival of the series, and is currently filming for season two. The show was based on a column-turned-book that Bushnell wrote for the New York Observer in the 1990s called “Sex and the City.”

“I wanted to write something fictional with a journalistic element. After writing four columns, there was so much interest that it was then purchased as a book which became a New York Times bestseller, and then sold to HBO as a series in 1996.” she declared.

However, she said that only the first two seasons were really based on the book and since then she hasn’t had much to do with the show.

“The book is so unique and I’m a fan of the show,” she said. “The first two seasons of the show have been like the book since I worked on the show and then I wrote my second book which had a million dollar contract so it didn’t make sense for me to work on the show,” she said. said.

While much of her writing focuses on Manhattan, Bushnell was born in Glastonbury and attended Glastonbury High School. She moved to New York when she was 19, but ended up buying a country house in Litchfield County in the 1990s.

“I love Connecticut so much that I had a weekend home from the late ’90s until a few years ago,” Bushnell said. “I had a house in Kent and Roxbury because it was easy to get there from New York.”

For Bushnell, moving from the city to the “countryside” was his path to balance. Litchfield County gave her open land and hills, around which she grew up.

“It’s very beautiful there,” she said. “I grew up in the ‘country’ so I’m really good at outdoor activities that people who live in the city aren’t used to.”

Bushnell said she included Connecticut in several of her books because it’s “what she knows best” and it’s “in her blood.” She said her family arrived in the state around 1635, and their ancestors — like David Bushnell, who invented the precursor to submarines — are the namesake of Bushnell Park in Hartford.

“The Carrie Diaries,” for example, based on Bushnell’s book of the same name, became a hit series on The CW. The story is set in the 1980s with 16-year-old Carrie – played by AnnaSophia Robb of ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ – living in suburban Connecticut before she was a ‘fashion icon’ and before she had a chronicle in the New York Star and found the love of his life, Mr. Big. The show also featured Austin Butler (“Elvis”) and Ellen Wong (“Scott Pilgrim Against the World”).

Much like her character Carrie, Bushnell moved from Connecticut to New York to begin her professional career writing children’s books for Simon and Schuster. For Bushnell, being a writer has been part of her identity since she can remember.

“When I was about 4, my dream was to move to New York and become a writer because that’s where all the writers lived,” she said. “Being a writer has been part of my soul since I was in third grade. I never imagined doing anything else.”

In her twenties, Bushnell went freelance, writing “dark humor” articles about women, relationships and dating for Mademoiselle, Self Magazine and Esquire. In 1990, she then wrote a column called “The Human Cartoon”, a fictional series published in Hamptons Magazine.

Bushnell uses past experiences, whether personal or things she has observed, to write her fictional stories, from works by her children to the famous “Sex and the City.”

“It’s not something a lot of people can do. It takes a lot of imagination,” she said.

Bushnell is the bestselling author of nine other books, including “Is There Still Sex in the City”, “Summer and the City”, “The Carrie Diaries”, “One Fifth Avenue”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Trading Up “, “Killing Monica” and “Four Blondes”.

Tickets for Bushnell’s solo show are on sale now and range from $65 to $85. Tickets can be purchased on the Ridgefield Playhouse website.


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