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Will the next Carrie Bradshaw please stand up?

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Lucy_lOkay, I’m going to commit a bit of pop-cultural blasphemy right now: Are you ready for Sex and the City 2.0? Yeah, yeah, I know, nothing’s ever going to replace HBO’s groundbreaking, hilarious dramedy — and thanks to DVDs and cable reruns, we can relive highlights like Lexi Featherston falling out the window as if new episodes were still in production. (FYI, Lexi’s legendary “I’m so bored I could die” rant, often referenced by PopWatch reader Ed, has found its way to YouTube. It’s, in a word, awesome.)

That said, it’s been almost three years since SATC‘s finale, and you can’t really blame the networks for dreaming about bringin’ Sex (and the City) back. To that end, The Hollywood Reporter notes that three new similarly themed pilots have been greenlit by the networks:

  • ABC’s Cashmere Mafia brings together SATC exec producer Darren Star with scribe Kevin Wade (Working Girl, Maid in Manhattan) to tell the tale of four female Manhattan executives who’ve been friends since college.
  • ABC has also optioned James Patterson’s mystery-novel series Women’s Murder Club — which centers on four female crime-solving friends — from director Brett Ratner (the Prison Break pilot, X-Men: The Last Stand) and two writers from The WB’s defunct Angel (Liz Craft and Sarah Fain).
  • NBC, meanwhile, has gotten into bed with SATC author Candace Bushnell, making what’s reportedly its third attempt at adapting her bestselling Lipstick Jungle for the small screen, this time with a pair of producers who previously worked on Three Sisters and Committed.

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It’s hard to say which of those three pilots will turn out best, though if pushed, I’d put my money on Cashmere Mafia, keeping in mind that Mr. Star was also responsible for the camp classic Central Park West.Still, it could all come down to casting, and so I thought it’d be funto throw out the question: Which actress has the chops to fill SarahJessica Parker’s Manolos, or at least break in her own stylishlyuncomfortable pair? Considering Lucy Liu (pictured) seems to be wasting herconsiderable charm and comic timing on clunkily titled, big-screenbombs like Code Name: The Cleaner and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever,I’d love to see her return to her TV roots and head up a moreculturally diverse group of New York City gals. If not Liu, then howabout CPW‘s Mädchen Amick, a TV star in search of an actual hit series, or perhaps Felicity‘s MIA Tangi Miller? Or maybe all three of ’em? What say you, PopWatchers? Let the casting games begin!