HBO’s The White Lotus has been renewed for a third season. Mike White’s anthology series is currently in its second season with just three episodes aired so far out of seven. Each season includes a new cast, a group of guests living in a different White Lotus resort.
The first installment was filmed in Hawaii, while the second is currently set in Sicily. What started as an experimental show amidst the pandemic season became one of the most talked about and critically-acclaimed shows. Clearly, no one expected it to blow up.
HBO’s The White Lotus Gets A Third Season
HBO Executive Vice President Francesca Orsi told Variety:
“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.”
Season one debuted in July 2021, and it amassed viewers and critics, glued to their screens and so engrossed with the drama in each episode. And to everyone’s surprise, The White Lotus received 20 Emmy nominations, winning 10 of them, such as best anthology series, best-supporting actress and actor for Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Barlett.
The first season also included Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario, Molly Shannon, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney, Steve Zahn, and Brittany O’Grady.
The second season currently stars F. Murray Abraham, Aubrey Plaza, Michael Imperioli, Will Sharpe, Theo James, Jon Gries, Tom Hollander, Sabrina Impacciatore, Meghann Fahy, Adam DiMarco, Beatrice Granno, Haley Lu Richardson, Simona Tabasco, and Leo Woodall. Coolidge also returned for this season.
Orsi praised Mike White’s work and dedication to the show. The program head added:
“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.”
White says that there is no other place he would prefer to work at than HBO. The director also noted that he loved partnering with Casey Bloys, Francesca Orsi, Nora Skinner, and their team.
Westworld’s Surprise Cancellation Left Fans Dumbfounded
Meanwhile, fans are still not over the fact that HBO unexpectedly canceled Westworld even before the story wraps up. The show ended in Season 4, news that broke everyone’s hearts. The series was one of the most critically-acclaimed shows, garnering 54 Emmy nominations and a Best Supporting Actress win for Thandiwe Newton.
Jonathan Nolan, co-creator of the show, told Deadline that they are negotiating with HBO to renew the series for a fifth season.
“We always planned for a fifth and final season. We are still in conversations with the network. We very much hope to make them.”
The said cancellation was due to the decline in ratings on the third season which further dropped in the fourth. Fans also found the story confusing at times. There is also Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s threat to impose cost-cutting. For now, fans could only hope for a miracle.
The White Lotus Season 2 is currently streaming on HBO.