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The Idol Season 2 Not Moving Forward At HBO Following Controversial Season 1-TGN


  • HBO has announced that there will not be a second season of Sam Levinson’s controversial series, The Idol, despite its strong audience response.
  • The show, starring Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd, followed the journey of a troubled pop star as she joined a mysterious cult leader.
  • The Idol faced numerous controversies even before its premiere, leading to questions about its future. HBO, along with the creators and producers, have decided to end the series after much deliberation.

Sam Levinson’s The Idol will not return for season 2 on HBO. Airing across five Sundays starting in June, The Idol starred Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd, and followed a troubled pop star as she prepared for a world tour and fell in with a mysterious cult leader. Even before it premiered, The Idol was hit with numerous controversies surrounding both its creation and the story it told.

Now, per The Hollywood Reporter, The Idol season 2 will not be happening at HBO. Sources state the series’ fate was in question up until recently, and that while there weren’t definitive plans in place to continue the story, Levinson had options. HBO said in a statement:

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 Idol’s Cancellation Is Likely For The Best

Due to Levinson’s position as the creator behind hit series Euphoria, The Idol arrived with high expectations, but it was viewed in a questionable light from the very start. HBO spent a substantial amount of time hyping the show without giving it a proper premiere date, and earlier this year, Rolling Stone published a bombshell report on The Idol revealing an allegedly troubled production, which also covered how Levinson and The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, changed the story from an empowering character study to what was dubbed “torture porn” following the exit of original director Amy Seimetz.

The Idol‘s negative press continued when it received poor reviews after its Cannes premiere. Critics took aim at its style-over-substance approach and its plot, which left Depp’s character Jocelyn at the mercy of The Weeknd’s cult leader, Tedros. The amount of nudity and references to sexual violence raised eyebrows and likely contributed to The Idol‘s lukewarm viewership numbers. However, it’s safe to say the overall online narrative surrounding the series beat out its actual content, with many making jokes at HBO’s expense for promoting and airing such a critically-derided show.

Related: The Idol’s Abysmal Reviews Give HBO Its Worst Record Yet

Considering all the drama and mockery that surrounded The Idol season 1, it’s likely for the best that HBO is opting not to give it a season 2. It didn’t have the viewership numbers and critical acclaim to justify a continuation, and, despite mixed reactions to the Idol season 1 finale, the story came to a sufficient conclusion that doesn’t require any follow-up. With more people deriding The Idol than praising it, it’s better that it end now as a limited series.

Source: THR

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