Troubled in Paradise

The White Lotus, a six-episode social satire about the goings-on at a Hawaiian vacation resort, debuts Sunday, July 11, at 9 pm ET on HBO. It will also stream on HBO’s sibling service, HBO Max.

Hotel guests arrive in a sunny tropical paradise (the show was filmed on Maui) expecting rejuvenation. Instead, they find they cannot escape a range of complications.

The dramatis personae include:

  • The resort manager (Murray Bartlett) who, having experienced a trauma, starts a dramatic downward spiral.
  • The spa manager (Natasha Rothwell), who is thrown for a loop by a needy guest.
  • The Mossbacher family —
    • A hard-driving corporate executive (Connie Britton), who treats her family like disobedient employees.
    • Her husband (Steve Zahn), who deals with an embarrassing health issue to go with an inferiority complex.
    • A teenaged son (Fred Hechinger), a socially awkward gamer, who discovers nature.
  • College sophomores (Sydney Sweeney and Brittany O’Grady), who take critical stock of everyone around them.
  • Happy newlyweds (Jake Lacy and Alexandra Daddario), who begin to have doubts as they get to know each other better; then the unexpected arrival of Shane’s mother (Molly Shannon), may be the honeymooners’ coup-des-gras.
  • A wealthy solo traveler (Jennifer Coolidge), who’s a bit unstable. Still, she hopes to find love – or at least a massage.

Jon Gries, Jolene Purdy, Kekoa Kekumano and Lukas Gage round out the cast.

Mike White created, wrote, directed and co-executive produced The White Lotus. David Bernad, Nick Hall and Mark Kamine also served as executive producers.

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(Top image: Jolene Purdy and Murray Bartlett in ‘The White Lotus.’ Source: HBO)

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