Kaftans, ironic slogan T-shirts, and withering stares at the ready: The White Lotus is returning to screens with its splashy second installment—and Jennifer Coolidge’s delightfully spacey heiress Tanya McQuoid will be center stage.
This September, HBO revealed that Mike White’s razor-sharp satire about ridiculously privileged guests at an impossibly luxurious resort would be back, presumably with more dissatisfied CEOs, terrifying 20-somethings, and raging general managers, on October 30. The first stills from the new season were released soon after, including one which sets the tone for the hilarity that is sure to ensue: an image of Coolidge’s Tanya pouting serenely while wearing bug-eye sunglasses and a sugary pink dress, her blonde curls wrapped up in a matching chiffon scarf.
The acting legend is the only series regular to be reprising her role as the show shifts from the fictional White Lotus group’s property in Hawaii to an equally spectacular one in Sicily, where a new set of insufferable visitors will feud with its beleaguered staff members. The ensemble cast for the series’s first season was a formidable combination of established names and rising stars—Connie Britton, Sydney Sweeney, Murray Bartlett, Alexandra Daddario, Natasha Rothwell, Brittany O’Grady—but, this time around, it’s somehow even more impressive. Due to make an appearance? Comedy stalwart Aubrey Plaza as Harper, a woman on vacation with her husband and his friends; Oscar-winning screen veteran F. Murray Abraham as Bert Di Grasso, an elderly man holidaying with his son and grandson; The Night Manager’s Tom Hollander as Quentin, a British expat; Support the Girls’s Haley Lu Richardson as Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss; and The Bold Type’s Meghann Fahy and Sanditon’s Theo James as husband-and-wife pair Daphne and Cameron Babcock.