HBO renews The White Lotus for a third season

The anthology series was renewed for a third season shortly after the second season's premiere.


Only three episodes into the second season, HBO has given viewers an early Christmas gift by renewing The White Lotus for a third season.

The comedy-drama anthology series created by Mike White debuted last July to critical acclaim and high ratings. At the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, the first season became the most-awarded series, winning ten awards in the limited series categories. The first season was set in a tropical resort in Hawaii and followed the exploits of various guests as well as its employees over the span of a week.

Season 2, which premiered on October 30, 2022, is set in Sicily, Italy, with an entirely new cast, except for Jennifer Coolidge, who reprises her role as Tanya McQuoid.

Jennifer Coolidge is the only cast member from the first season who will return for the second season.

It comes as no surprise that The White Lotus has been renewed for a third season after HBO reported the first episode of the second season premiered to 7.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched series of the week. Creator Mike White made a statement on the series being renewed for a third season, saying, "There’s no place I’d rather work than HBO and there’s no people I’d rather partner with than Casey Bloys, Francesca Orsi, Nora Skinner and their incredible team. I feel so lucky to get this opportunity again and am excited to reunite with my amazingly talented collaborators on The White Lotus."

Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming, Head of HBO Drama and Series and Films, affirmed Mike White's statement, saying:

Reflecting on The White Lotus’ humble, run-and-gun origin as a contained pandemic production, it’s impossible not to be awestruck by how Mike orchestrated one of the buzziest and most critically acclaimed shows. And yet, he’s only continued to reach new heights in season 2, which is the ultimate testament to Mike’s raw, unparalleled vision. His courage to explore the uncharted waters of the human psyche, paired with his signature irreverent humor and buoyant directing style, have us all dreaming of more vacation days at the resort we’ve come to adore. We couldn’t be more thrilled to get the chance to collaborate on a third season together.

F. Murray Abraham stars in Season 2 as Bert Di Grasso.

The cast of Season 2 includes F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Coolidge, Jonathan Gries, Tom Hollander, Michael Imperioli, Theo James, Aubrey Plaza, Haley Lu Richardson, and Laura Dern, with the latter in a voice-acting role.

The last episode of White Lotus Season 2 will premiere on December 11 on HBO.

Caleb Sama

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