The HBO original TV show, The White Lotus, aired on July 11th, 2021, and the series has caught the public’s attention since that date, also receiving awards like the Primetime Emmy Award. Recently, The White Lotus premiered its second season on October 30th, 2022, HBO did not release all the episodes but is airing one per week. This new season will have a total of seven episodes and in comparison with the first installment, this brand new season was filmed in some Italian cities such as Palermo and Noto, as well on the surrounding Ionian Sea.
The White Lotus (2021-22) is an American comedy-drama anthology television series created by Miker White. It follows the guets and employees of the White Lotus resort chain (which is a fictional resort chain), whose stay becomes affected by their various dysfunctions. The first season is set in Hawaii and the second season is set in Sicily.
The cast is formed by Murray Bartlett (Armond), Connie Britton (Nicole), Alexandra Daddario (Rachel Patton), Fred Hechinger (Quinn Mossbacher), Jake Lacy (Shane Patton), Brittany O’Grady (Paula), Natasha Rothwell (Belinda), Sydney Sweeney (Olivia Mossbacher), and Steve Zahn (Mark) star in the series, alongside Jennifer Coolidge (Tanya McQuoid). Molly Shannon (Kitty Patton), Jon Gries (Greg), Jolene Purdy (Lani), Kekoa Kekumano (Kai), and Lukas Gage (Dillon) are also part of the show.
The production wrapped in September 2022 at Italy’s Lumina Studios located in north Rome. The second season was filmed at the San Domenico Palace Taormina in Sicily. The whole group spent one month filming at Lumina (which now has a six year deal with Italian studio Cinecittà).
The series creator Mike White already hinted a third season for the show which might include previous stars from season 1 and 2. It was also confirmed that the third installment will take place in Japan.
The White Lotus in 2021 was the most awarded series at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning a total of 10 awards in the limited series categories, including Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for White. The cast, espcifically Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Barlett won Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor respectively.
The show had a lot of success for the reason that it was acclaimed by the critics. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes gave the first installment a 89% out of 100% and the audience score pointed at 68%, the second season scored 90% out of 100% with 69 reviews. IMDb has given The White Lotus a 7.6 out 10 and at FilmAffinity scored 6.8 out of 10.
Just as the first season was a success, it is expected that the second will be too, and although it only has 1 episode (because the second and third will be released on November 6th and 13th respectively). It is also expected that the series will continue to win awards.
If you do not have a HBO subscription, you can watch The White Lotus by buying it at Vudu, Apple TV and Prime Video. Meanwhile, the second season is only available on HBO Max. It is not yet known if it will be available on other streaming platforms with the option to buy.