HBO decided to cancel the controversial series ‘The Idol‘ after the first season. The HBO’s drama series starring Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd, who is also co-creator of the series, has been under a lot of criticism and poor ratings since its premiere. Therefore, the makers of Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, and Reza Fahim decided to not renew it for another season.
HBO’s spokesperson said the creators and producers have decided not to move forward with a second season
A spokesperson of HBO announced the news of the series’s cancellation by saying, “The Idol was one of HBO’s most provocative original programs, and we’re pleased by the strong audience response. After much thought and consideration, HBO, as well as the creators and producers have decided not to move forward with a second season. We’re grateful to the creators, cast, and crew for their incredible work.”
The series first premiered in June of this year and telecasted five episodes. However, the ending of the series hinted at another season, and the marker decided to cease the series.
The controversy surrounding the show began after Rolling Stone reviewed the first episode as “wildly, disgustingly off the rails.”
Moreover, during a June Interview with Variety, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye shared that the backlash is expected.
Tesfaye said, “It’s almost educational, that this is what comes with being incredibly famous. You’re surrounded by people who you’re not sure what their true intentions are, even if it seems like they’re good. You just never know. But of course, I’ve been very fortunate to have people around me that I’ve known almost my entire life, which is important, and is a gift.”
The story revolves around Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), an up-and-coming pop singer, who was manipulated by Tedros (Tesfaye), a cult leader/self-help guru.