LOS ANGELES – Are we ready for another next Sex and the City? Sex and the City 2 proves the market is still hungry to follow a women’s journey about life, love, friendship and sex. And we’ve been on this journey way before Sex and the City started in 1998. But can the creators of Sex and the City take it any further with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda or have they exhausted these stories and are ready to pass the martini to someone new?
Doesn’t sound unreasonable by any stretch, as long as the execution meets the expectations. Sure Darren Star, Michael Patrick King and Candace Bushnell hit a home run with the fabulous four best friends, but whose to say it can’t happen again?
Take for instance a new underdog web series Party Girl Plus One [www.partygirlplusone.com] created by an unknown actress and writer Jennifer Dawson. The web series follows Jennifer, referred to as “Jen”, a 30 something divorcee whose abandoned her previous dating criteria and will date anyone and everyone until she finds her true Plus One. Chronicling each date in her dating diary, Jen uncovers a journey about life, love and self discovery.
The show takes off from a very simple premise. After a divorce and a stint in the rebound party lane, Jen has to start dating again. A series of strange and awkward outings prompt her to start keeping a diary. Party Girl Plus One is a look at that diary, as each episode is a self contained recount of the engagements. Through narration, each 4 minute episode chronicles the different social, cultural, religious and or economic (to name a few) obstacles Jen faces on her quest for true love, proving no one is exempt from their own dating neurosis including Jen herself.
For a web series, which often face the pressure of keeping the content between 4 to 6 minutes, the tone and comedy of the series is right on par with any HBO or cable comedy. The subject matter of dating, life and love is nothing new and yet in execution, this web series seems to have the raw hook and appeal that Sex and the City had when it first aired. The writing, performances and use of music are seamless and provide an excellent canvas to see this series played out as a half hour show including the dates of an ensemble cast. Not to mention the network style production value for a web series.
And the best part about Party Girl Plus One is that these dates really happened. The material is drawn from Dawson’s own personal dating diary and each episodes is a scripted reenactment of actual dating situations that she experienced (of course names and identities have been changed). Dealing with adult themes for mature audiences in a humorous tone while maintaining relatability to the audience seals the deal.
Sex and the City, do not worry. You’re stories about love, sex and relationships will continue to be told. Trust that Party Girl Plus One can handle the tall order.
Watch Party Girl Plus One at www.partygirlplusone.com or www.youtube.com/partygirlplusone.