HBO announced today that The White Lotus, Mike White‘s critically-acclaimed, six-part limited series, will return for a second installment. The first season finale will debut this Sunday.
The White Lotus is a social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort and follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. With each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.
The next chapter of the show leaves Hawaii behind and follows a different group of vacationers as they jet to another White Lotus property and settle in temporarily amongst its inhabitants.
Currently ranking No. 1 among all series on HBO Max, the series has achieved consistent week over week growth for both premiere and digital audience, leading into the finale episode. Episodes are available to stream on HBO Max.
“Mike has once again delivered a quintessential HBO show, and it’s the talk of the town,” said Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. “We were thrilled to hear where he wanted to go next, after closing this epic chapter in Hawaii, and can’t wait to keep following him wherever he takes us.”
The show is created, written and directed by Mike White; executive produced by White, David Bernad and Nick Hall; and co-executive produced by Mark Kamine.
The recurring guest stars include Molly Shannon (HBO’s Divorce), Jon Gries (Dream Corp LLC), Jolene Purdy (WandaVision), Kekoa Kekumano (Aquaman), and Lukas Gage (HBO’s Euphoria).
Among the employees at The White Lotus are the fastidious resort manager Armond (Murray Bartlett), who, after a sudden trauma, begins a dramatic downward spiral – and the down-to-earth spa manager, Belinda (Natasha Rothwell) who gets taken on an emotional roller coaster ride by a needy guest.
The vacationers include the Mossbacher family – Nicole (Connie Britton), a successful type-A exec, who can’t help but treat her family like disobedient employees; and her husband, Mark (Steve Zahn), dealing with both an embarrassing health crisis and a terminal inferiority complex.
There’s also their teenaged son, Quinn (Fred Hechinger), a socially-awkward gamer, experiencing the wonder of nature for the very first time; their daughter, Olivia (Sydney Sweeney); and her friend, Paula (Brittany O’Grady), sharp-tongued college sophomores who cast a sardonic eye on the lifestyles and belief systems of everyone around them.
The handsome, entitled Shane Patton (Jake Lacy) is here with his beautiful bride, Rachel (Alexandra Daddario). Shane and Rachel are in the throes of young love, but as they get to know each other better in this new, intimate environment, clouds of doubt appear – and by the time Shane’s intrusive mother, Kitty (Molly Shannon) surprises them with an unwelcome visit, their fairytale honeymoon has begun to unravel.
And finally, there is Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge), a wealthy, unstable woman, recovering from the death of her mother, traveling alone to the hotel, looking for love and in desperate need of a massage.
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