News Image

The controversial summer series The Idol starring Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp wrapped up its first – and only – season in early July after just five episodes, one shorter than its originally planned six-episode run.

The controversial summer series The Idol wrapped up its first – and only – season in early July after just five episodes, one shorter than its originally planned six-episode run.


In a move that has surprised many, HBO has officially decided to put an end to The Idol, a series co-created by The Weeknd and Sam Levinson, after just one season. The announcement comes after a thorough evaluation by HBO, the creators, and the production team, leading to the collective conclusion that there won't be a continuation into a second season.


"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," a spokesperson for HBO announced in a statement to Variety.


The Idol took viewers on a unique musical journey across its five-episode debut run, which was slightly trimmed from its original blueprint of six episodes. The inaugural season wrapped up earlier this summer, leaving fans speculating about the possibility of future seasons. However, conflicting statements from the show's stars further clouded the prospects. Notable names like The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, Moses Sumney, Troye Sivan, Blackpink’s Jennie, among others, adorned the series' cast, and a specially crafted original soundtrack by The Weeknd himself added to its allure. When questioned, representatives of The Weeknd remained tight-lipped about the decision.


Prior to its premiere, The Idol had already captured attention due to its notable directorial change, with Amy Seimetz stepping away and Sam Levinson taking the reins. The transition stirred discussions, and allegations about a discordant work environment were brought to light in a report by Rolling Stone. Despite initial anticipation, the show fell short of gaining widespread critical acclaim.


In retrospect, The Idol made headlines not just for its star-studded lineup and musical backdrop, but also for the off-screen drama that accompanied its journey. As curtains close on its single season, the series leaves behind a trail of both intrigue and unfulfilled potential.