Bunim/Murray Productions Developing Unscripted Dating Format Is There Still Sex in the City with Bestselling Author Candace Bushnell

Press Release

December 4, 2023

Bunim/Murray Productions, a division of BanijayAmericas, is developing a new unscripted dating format, Is There Still Sex in The City, with bestselling author and Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell. 

Bunim/Murray, which produces such unscripted series as Buddy Games (CBS), The Family Stallone (Paramount+) and hit format The Challenge for MTV, CBS and Paramount+, is set to take the new Bushnell-led series out to potential buyers next month. 

In this immersive dating experience, four fabulous friends in their fifties who are looking for a love do-over will leave their busy city lives for a dating utopia. They’ll live together in a cozy country chateau where they’ll have their pick of a different group of men in each episode. They’ll try the boy toys, sample a senior age player, be romanced by the rich guys and even get to flirt with their fantasy man. But in the end, who will really steal their hearts, and will our ladies be able to bring the sex back to the city?

Bushnell stated, “Fifty-something women (and above) are the hottest new dating demographic, and I should know, I am one of them. Over the decades, I’ve dated men of all ages and I’m so excited to be working on a show that combines my passion for relationships with the chance to help women, like me, navigate a love do-over.”

Added Bunim/Murray President Julie Pizzi, “We feel that Candace’s brand has grown with her audience and her expertise in the dating space is an incredible entry point for an immersive dating experiment.”  

Candace Bushnell is a best-selling novelist, TV producer, and, most recently, the star of her own one-woman show, the critically acclaimed True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City. Originally performed off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theater, the New York Times declared it a “critic’s pick.” Bushnell is now performing an international version that has received standing ovations, most recently in Cape Town and Johannesburg, proclaiming that Bushnell left “the audience mesmerized by her brilliant performance.”   

Bushnell is famously the author of Sex and the City, published in 1996, the basis for the TV phenomenon Sex and the City, spawning six-seasons on HBO, two movies and the re-boot series And Just Like That, currently in production for its third season. An acclaimed novelist, Bushnell is the international best-selling author of Four Blondes, Trading Up, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue, and The Carrie Diaries. Lipstick Jungle and The Carrie Diaries each became network TV series (NBC and The CW) for two seasons. 

She is also famously known as the “real life Carrie Bradshaw” or the O.G. Carrie Bradshaw. Bushnell created the character as her alter-ego while writing Sex and the City because she didn’t want her parents to know that she’d just been to a sex club.  She often appears on TV, starting back in 1996, when she had her own reality show, Sex, Lives and Video Clips on VH1, where—sure enough—Bushnell and a co-host were required to go to sex clubs. She’s appeared on dozens and dozens of chatshows, including Oprah and Charlie Rose and is currently scheduled to tour True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City in England, Italy and Canada in 2024. 


Variety: ‘Sex and the City’ Unscripted Dating Show In Development From Creator Candace Bushnell