Deadline reports that the controversial HBO drama series ‘The Idol’, starring The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp, has been canceled after one season. Season 1 concluded on July 2 after five episodes – one episode less than its originally planned six-episode run.
Created by ‘Euphoria’ showrunner Sam Levinson, The Weeknd and Reza Fahim, the cast of ‘The Idol’ also included Troye Sivan, Jennie, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Dan Levy. Depp starred as Jocelyn, an aspiring pop star who develops a relationship with Tedros (The Weekend), a nightclub owner with a sordid past.
The show was heavily criticized due to its explicit content, and allegations of a toxic work environment behind the scenes plagued the show before it even premiered. Variety shared a statement from HBO, who said: “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 move forward with a second season. We’re grateful to the creators, cast, and crew for their incredible works.”
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