Critical reviews[ edit ] Phil Gallo of Variety wrote a negative review for season six. The brand recognition was epic. In theaters, cinematic generations were rising — and falling. Mikhail Baryshnikov appeared in the last episodes as Alexandr Petrovsky, a famed Russian artist with whom Carrie becomes romantically involved with. Robert Leeds, Miranda's neighbor and subsequent boyfriend. Airing on a split summer-winter schedule, the first twelve episodes were broadcast in the summer. The series is based on the book of the same name , written by Candice Bushnell , which contains stories from her column with the New York Observer. In , NYC banned smoking in bars and restaurants — and Carrie, like many locals, tried to quit. Mario Cantone recurs in the season as Charlotte's gay friend and former wedding planner Anthony Marantino. Gallo noted that the characters have turned "one-dimensional and single-minded" and that the overall quality has declined, deeming the series a "dull rehash of a casual sex maniac searching for prey, an annoying frustrated single mother and a perky divorcee trying to understand Judaism. Creator Toby Cecchini once said that bartenders would scream at him: Big — the twice-divorced philanderer who broke her heart so many times before. Now there are just seven, according to a Tasti D spokesperson. Knock-offs Carrie and her crew were logo-obsessed, and fans took notice. Magnolia Bakery A second scene of Carrie and Miranda Cynthia Nixon eating cupcakes outside the West Village bakery turned the desserts into a phenomenon — and the shop into a tourist attraction. Big has been doing his penance off-screen, re-typing love letters by historical figures and emailing them to carrie carriebradshaw. The summer season finale, "One", was viewed by 7.