Sunday, April 21, 2024

HBO’s Cult Hit “White Lotus” Renewed for Second Chapter with New Characters, Locale


HBO’s “White Lotus” will come back after this Sunday’s finale. The limited series from Mike White is ending its run but HBO says it will return with new characters set at different locale in the White Lotus chain.

Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming says in a statement: “Mike has once again delivered a quintessential HBO show, and it’s the talk of the town. 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 ratings aren’t yet in for this past Sunday, but the show’s average numbers are around 450K a week. The show will conclude this Sunday with the reveal of who was being loaded in a coffin onto a plane in the first episode. If it’s not the hotel manager, played by Murray Bartlett, White would be smart to have him continue as manager of the next White Lotus property.

It’s too bad “White Lotus” came out after the Emmy deadline. And there are no Golden Globes from them to look forward to. But a lot of the cast deserves nominations for acting, and the writing has improved from week to week. Jennifer Coolidge would have been a slam dunk for Best Supporting Actress, easily.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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