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Molly Shannon Is the Mother-in-Law of Your Nightmares in HBO's 'The White Lotus' Trailer (Video)

Steve Zahn is facing a big — and growing — medical issue in Mike White’s limited series

Tony Maglio

“The White Lotus” follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise, the logline reads. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.

Among the employees at The White Lotus are the fastidious resort manager Armond (Bartlett), who, after a sudden trauma, begins a dramatic downward spiral — and the down-to-earth spa manager, Belinda (Rothwell) who gets taken on an emotional roller-coaster ride by a needy guest, HBO’s (probably White’s) character-introduction says. The vacationers include the Mossbacher family — Nicole (Britton), a successful type-A exec, who can’t help but treat her family like disobedient employees; her husband, Mark (Zahn), dealing with both an embarrassing health crisis and a terminal inferiority complex; their teenaged son, Quinn (Hechinger), a socially awkward gamer, experiencing the wonder of nature for the very first time; their daughter, Olivia (Sweeney), and her friend, Paula (O’Grady), sharp-tongued college sophomores who cast a sardonic eye on the lifestyles and belief systems of everyone around them. 

The handsome, entitled Shane Patton (Lacy) is here with his beautiful bride, Rachel (Daddario). Shane and Rachel are in the throes of young love, but as they get to know each other better in this new, intimate environment, clouds of doubt appear — and by the time Shane’s intrusive mother, Kitty (Shannon) surprises them with an unwelcome visit, their fairytale honeymoon has begun to unravel, the intros conclude. And finally, there is Tanya McQuoid (Coolidge), a wealthy, unstable woman, recovering from the death of her mother, traveling alone to the hotel, looking for love and in desperate need of a massage.

“The White Lotus” is created, written and directed by White, who executive produces alongside David Bernad and Nick Hall. Mark Kamine is co-executive producer.

The series was filmed on the island of Maui.

“The White Lotus” debuts Sunday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. It will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

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