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No More 'Sex'

For the last six years, the women of HBO's hit series "Sex and the City" have been entertaining and educating millions of adoring fans with their tales of what it's like to be single in New York.

This Sunday, those fans will wave adieu to Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte as HBO airs the series finale.

Cynthia Nixon has played the role of sassy and successful attorney Miranda Hobbes since the show's first episode. She visited The Early Show on Friday to talk about wrapping up production, the life and times of Miranda, and what lies ahead for her and the rest of the cast.

She says, "We were only contracted for five years initially. For us, in a way, to have gotten the sixth year where so much has happened to the characters, it's been really great, because we didn't even know we would go past five."

It's going to be hard not having a schedule and a certain routine. She says, "I've also had a job that shot here in New York since I had kids. I haven't had to think about going and making a film elsewhere or that kind of thing but I have to say as much as I'll miss making it, I really think I'll miss watching it every bit as much. My loss is also, you know, getting the scripts and getting to have Miranda go through new things. But I am sad as an audience member as anything else."

No one has been able to find out from producers or cast and crew what the ultimate ending will be. HBO acknowledges that three different endings were shot for the series finale (shooting wrapped in early February), but the only one who knows which one will run is executive producer Michael Patrick King.

Nixon says, "They've sort of kept our story lines from each other. I obviously know my own story line." She tells The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler, "I can tell you that Miranda has fully embraced marriage and motherhood and Brooklyn and house ownership. But I think in this last episode her happy family kind of hits a real bump in the road and her situation. She really has to make some hard choices."

Asked if she is in any way like Miranda, Nixon says she is, but only in certain ways. "I'm not a confrontational person. As I get older, I am speaking up more about what I'm not liking. But I'm certainly nothing like her in that. I think I am fiercely loyal and focused on my job and, you know, that kind of thing."

She credits the success of the show to its message. She says, "If you're single, you know, maybe you want to be single. Maybe you didn't have a choice and didn't find somebody to be with. Maybe you like being single. And, you know, you have fun and you're sexy and attractive and all those sorts of things. I think also it's for a lot of reasons. People like the clothes. It's very funny, very well written. But I think mostly it's about being a woman in your 30s and 40s and having these friendships and finding another - not just a cookie cutter, married with two kids in a house - kind of existence."

Sunday night, Nixon says, she will be at the Screen Actors Guild awards nceremony in Los Angeles. She hopes to get a tape of the show beforehand. And she is excited about the fact she gets to keep the clothes and the shoes.

On Nixon's agenda is to continue to be an advocate for New York City public schools. She says, "I became an advocate because I grew up in New York and I went to public school myself and my daughter is enrolled in public school and she goes to a really great one. But when you're a public school parent, part of what you have to be is an advocate."

And it seems her role as Miranda is not completely over. According to an article in Daily Variety on Wednesday, "series writer, director, and executive producer Michael Patrick King is penning the script for a big screen feature that would star the Manolo Blahnik-clad quartet. HBO is in the process of making deals for Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall to reprise their roles in the pic, which King would direct. There's no start date for the film, nor is a theatrical distributor attached. However, the cabler is exploring all options and could have a green lighting game plan by the time King turns in his script, which is expected in May."