Michael Imperioli returns to HBO as a series regular for Season 2 of The White Lotus 1

Michael Imperioli returns to HBO as a series regular for Season 2 of The White Lotus

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More than two decades after his breakthrough role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli is returning to HBO.

The 55-year-old actor has signed on for a series regular lead role in Season 2 of HBO’s The White Lotus, according to Deadline.

The first season debuted in July with the premium cable network renewing the series for a second season back in August, though the cast will be much different.

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Michael's return: More than two decades after his breakthrough role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli is returning to HBO

Michael’s return: More than two decades after his breakthrough role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli is returning to HBO

First season: The first season debuted in July with the premium cable network renewing the series for a second season back in August, though the cast will be much different

First season: The first season debuted in July with the premium cable network renewing the series for a second season back in August, though the cast will be much different

The first season of the ‘social satire’ series is set in a lush Hawaiian resort, following a group of vacationing characters at a resort known as The White Lotus.  

Despite the gorgeous settings, each day that passes reveals new dark secrets about this resort setting.

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The second season will not take place in Hawaii, but in a different setting at another White Lotus property.

First season: The first season of the 'social satire' series is set in a lush Hawaiian resort, following a group of vacationing characters at a resort known as The White Lotus

First season: The first season of the ‘social satire’ series is set in a lush Hawaiian resort, following a group of vacationing characters at a resort known as The White Lotus

Dark secrets: Despite the gorgeous settings, each day that passes reveals new dark secrets about this resort setting

Dark secrets: Despite the gorgeous settings, each day that passes reveals new dark secrets about this resort setting

Imperioli is the first confirmed cast member for the new season, playing a character named Dominic Di Grasso.

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He is said to be travelling with his aging father and his son, a recent college graduate, on the resort vacation.

While most of the stars from Season 1 aren’t expected to return, a report from October revealed Jennifer Coolidge will return as Tanya McQuoid.

First cast: Imperioli is the first confirmed cast member for the new season, playing a character named Dominic Di Grasso

First cast: Imperioli is the first confirmed cast member for the new season, playing a character named Dominic Di Grasso

Jennifer returns: While most of the stars from Season 1 aren't expected to return, a report from October revealed Jennifer Coolidge will return as Tanya McQuoid

Jennifer returns: While most of the stars from Season 1 aren’t expected to return, a report from October revealed Jennifer Coolidge will return as Tanya McQuoid

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Her character was described as, ‘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 first season’s ensemble cast also included Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney and Steve Zahn.

Series creator Mike White is returning, presumably to write and direct every episode like he did with the first six-episode season, and executive produce with David Bernard and Nick Hall.  

Cast: The first season's ensemble cast also included Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney and Steve Zahn

Cast: The first season’s ensemble cast also included Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney and Steve Zahn

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The White Lotus drew in 1.9 million viewers for its season finale across all platforms, which was a 59% jump from the previous week and nearly 3.5x the July 11 premiere.

Imperioli is also developing a new series with Silicon Valley co-creator Alec Berg for HBO that he is attached to star in.

The show is said to be a, ‘meta blend of fact and fiction loosely based on Imperioli’s experiences as a practicing Buddhist.’ 

Ratings: The White Lotus drew in 1.9 million viewers for its season finale across all platforms, which was a 59% jump from the previous week and nearly 3.5x the July 11 premiere

Ratings: The White Lotus drew in 1.9 million viewers for its season finale across all platforms, which was a 59% jump from the previous week and nearly 3.5x the July 11 premiere

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Meta: The show is said to be a, 'meta blend of fact and fiction loosely based on Imperioli’s experiences as a practicing Buddhist'

Meta: The show is said to be a, ‘meta blend of fact and fiction loosely based on Imperioli’s experiences as a practicing Buddhist’

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