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Emily in Paris' shocking Golden Globes nominations may be a result of voters having a special affection for Darren Star's Sex and the City

  • "Sex and the City was such a big HFPA favorite that the amount for recognition the show and its star received throughout its run has remained unmatched since," says Nellie Andreeva. "Enter Star’s new creation, Emily In Paris. The show literally picks up where Sex and the City left off. The HBO series’ two-part finale was titled 'An American Girl in Paris,' which is the basic premise of Emily In Paris, and it was set in the City of Lights. There are a lot of parallels  — both half-hour single-camera comedies follow a young, single, professional young woman who is a fashionista and dons one eye-catching high-end ensemble after another while on a mid-level employee salary. Both live by themselves in a cosmopolitan, fashion-driven city, have single girlfriends and are on a quest for Mister Big. The only thing from Sex and the City that is really missing from Emily In Paris is the sex, which could change now that the series is on Netflix. The streamer swooping in to acquire the finished first season, originally developed by and produced for the ad-supported Paramount Network, giving the show that premium cachet Sex and the City had on HBO and may have given it visibility with HFPA members. Unlike Sex and the City, which was universally admired for its honest portrayal of single women and sexuality, Emily In Paris was met with mixed reaction from critics and faced criticism over its depiction of France and its people. That is probably why the warm reception the series received by the HFPA is a little surprising. But the show shares enough DNA with a Golden Globe royalty in Sex and the City, so nostalgia for an iconic series may have elevated a distant descendant to break into the Globes field. But while Sex and the City might have helped Emily In Paris get in the door, its staying power is in its own hands."

    TOPICS: Emily in Paris, Netflix, Sex and the City, Darren Star