Season 2 of ‘The White Lotus’ premieres in October (EXCLUSIVE)

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Get ready to return to ‘The White Lotus’.

HBO’s anthology series about life between the rich and the disaffected in a chain of luxury resorts will premiere in October with its second episode, Variety can reveal exclusively.

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Created by Mike White, the series shifts the action to Sicily, where new hotel employees and new guests will face off; Jennifer Coolidge, this week Variety cover star, is the only series to regularly return, as she reprises her role as spiritually seeking socialite Tanya McQuoid. Check out Coolidge in Euro-glam mode above in the exclusive first image of the new season.

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In its first Hawaiian-set season, which aired in the summer of 2021, “The White Lotus” was a sensation, immediately attracting 1.9 million viewers across linear and digital platforms for the finale, a number that only rose from there. grew. The central mystery: which of the people in the hotel would end up in a coffin? – made “The White Lotus” a defining topic of the virtual water cooler, and the show thrilled critics. Looking back on the first season, VarietyLeading TV reviewer Caroline Framke wrote that the show “explores the human cost of complacency, materialism and the double-edged sword of righteous crusades of those who don’t quite know how to help the world without making themselves the center of the world. ” the.”

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And the show’s relaunch may end up looking like a victory round. Season 2 of “The White Lotus” debuts the month after the September 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, with the series’ first season nominated for 20 awards, including outstanding limited series, writing and directing gongs for White, and supporting mentions for eight cast members, Coolidge included.

Announced cast members for Season 2 of “The White Lotus” include Coolidge, F. Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Tom Hollander, Michael Imperioli, Aubrey Plaza, Haley Lu Richardson, Theo James, Meghann Fahy, Will Sharpe, and Leo Woodall; White returns as a writer and director.

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