Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

The Idol is not going to return for a second season on HBO.

In response to Deadline, HBO has opted to tug the plug on The Idol after just one season. This growth is unsurprising, given the controversial present’s overwhelmingly damaging reception and alleged behind-the-scenes drama.

“The Idol was one in every of HBO’s most provocative authentic applications, and we’re happy by the robust viewers response,” an HBO spokesperson stated in a press release. “After a lot thought and consideration, HBO, in addition to the creators and producers have determined to not transfer ahead with a second season. We’re grateful to the creators, solid, and crew for his or her unbelievable work.”

What occurred with HBO’s The Idol?

Euphoria creator Sam Levinson created The Idol alongside Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) and Reza Fahim. The sequence premiered on HBO and Max early this previous June, working for 5 episodes via early July. It stars Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, an up-and-coming pop star who makes an attempt to mount a comeback after a nervous breakdown led to the cancellation of her most up-to-date tour. Jocelyn quickly enters a relationship with Tedros, a nightclub proprietor, self-help guru, and cult chief performed by Tesfaye.

Levinson directed all 5 episodes of The Idol. Nonetheless, HBO initially picked the present up for six episodes again in 2021, with Amy Seimetz connected to direct them. It was in 2022 {that a} large inventive overhaul resulted in Seimetz exiting the mission and the variety of episodes being decreased to 5. Taking pictures on The Idol was reportedly 80 % full when Seimetz left, and the next rewrites and reshoots allegedly scrapped her authentic imaginative and prescient for the present.

The revamped model of The Idol finally debuted to robust viewership numbers, however very weak opinions. On Rotten Tomatoes, the HBO sequence presently holds an approval ranking of 19 % primarily based on over 102 skilled opinions, in addition to an viewers rating of 41 %. “Each bit as florid and sleazy because the business it seeks to satirize, The Idol locations itself on a pedestal with unbridled model however wilts underneath the highlight,” the vital consensus reads.

The Idol is presently streaming on Max.

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