So Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine; Dave Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health Magazine, and Holly Millea, columnist for Elle Magazine, visited The Early Show to help say goodbye and reminisce about what the show has meant to the millions of fans who tune in each Sunday evening.
Millea tells co-anchor Julie Chen she is not unhappy that the show is coming to an end. "I think that the show is going out clearly on top. Sarah won the Golden Globe. And how many story lines can they have? How many more men can Samantha sleep with? I think Kate was saying she slept with 48 men."
So many men, and yet Kate White says she believes the show mirrors reality. "I think a lot of women would admit there's exaggeration there. But when we ask our readers, 'Does it reflect your lives?,' they say, 'Absolutely.'"
Out of the six seasons, the show revealed something about these women that probably women didn't want to get out there. Sometimes in the show, women come across as petty and shallow, Chen points out and White agrees.
"Certainly, the show proved you can be career-driven and shoe-driven at the same time in your life," White says. "I think there were a lot of things that actually women knew about themselves but the rest of the world didn't necessarily know: how much we struggle with all these choices we have today, how we are unapologetic about sex, no matter what religious zealots would like to say. Young women in their 20s and 30s don't think there is anything to be guilty about."
Millea, for her part, says she cannot relate to the sex part. "My show would be called, 'No Sex In The City.' I couldn't really relate to their lives all that much," she says.
She also points out, if anything, the show illustrated how many fashion faux pas women make. "I enjoyed all the outfits they wore. I wish I could afford those clothes. But I always was annoyed by Carrie's bra strap showing when she was wearing like halter dresses. I was like, 'Why is she wearing a bra with that outfit?'"
Zinczenko says he did not mind Carrie's bra strap. What he worried about was the guy who would end up paying for the clothes. He says, "I thought, 'She needs to end up with a guy who can help her pay for all those clothes.' I mean, a ball gown in Paris?"
His prediction is that, perhaps, Aidan will be the one. He got down on bended knee for her, but she wasn't into it. So in the end, she's left with a commitment phobic Big and the emotionally detached Alex.
White says, "I think she'll probably, possibly end up with Big. And most of our readers want her to end up with Big. But some want her to go on and find another real soul mate or just on her own."
Millea would like her to keep all possibilities open. "I don't want her to end up with anybody. I think the thing I love most about the show is that it illustrates that your girlfriends are the great loves of your life. And that I could really relate to. I want her to be open for a new relationship we don't know about."
On the dating game, Zinczenko says he could not picture himself dating any of the characters of the show. "I would probably be interested in the idea of it. But guys want to look for somebody in real life who is a little bit more demure."
If he had to pick one, he says it would probably be Carrie. "But she's also neurotic," he says. "The interesting thing about this show it portrays dating and the single life the way it is. It's always interesting. It's always refreshing. You always kind of look at the terms they use: mananthrax, toxic bachelor. It's now the dating lingo in America. And because it so perfectly captured what the show and single life in New York and elsewhere is all about."
Well, some say this may not be the end. There's talk about a movie. Zinczenko says, "I think the show can probably do no wrong. I think no matter what they do, people want to watch. I think if Carrie does end up being single, it will be great because she will retain her status as the hero to single women everywhere, because being single has now come to mean like a status symbol. It's not a stigma anymore and that's great."
White says she would like to see the movie. But notes, "It might lose some of what's fun about the show, the process and debating of the issues in their lives. May not be able to put that in there."
Millea's perfect ending for the film is that Carrie ends up with Matthew Broderick (who, in real life, is the husband of Sarah Jessica Parker).