Representatives for HBO shut down cancellation rumors back in June
HBO has officially cancelled “The Idol,” confirming that the drama will no longer return for a second season.
The show, a collaborative effort between Sam Levinson, Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), and Reza Fahim, faced substantial backlash from critics and viewers, making its cancellation unsurprising.
Despite rumors being denied by HBO in June, the network has officially declared the show’s fate in a statement. A spokesperson from HBO stated, “‘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 and 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.”
Featuring Lily-Rose Depp and Abel in leading roles, the series also starred Troye Sivan, Hank Azaria, Suzanna Son, Jane Adams, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Dan Levy.
BLACKPINK’s Jennie also had a participation in the series which served as her acting debut.
Spanning five episodes, “The Idol” follows the journey of a troubled young pop star who forms a complicated relationship with a sleazy nightclub owner and cult leader after struggling with the cancellation of her last tour.
Despite some cast members hinting at a potential second season due to the show’s open-ended conclusion, HBO’s decision to cancel stands.
Da’Vine had before stated, “I absolutely think there’s a season two,” adding, “I’m not saying it’s official, but there’s definitely a whole vast world that could be developed.”
“The Idol” received a 19% Rotten Tomatoes rating while Variety reviewed the series as “like a sordid male fantasy.”
Before even airing, “The Idol” experienced a tumultuous production journey. In April 2022, midway through filming, the series faced significant changes, including the departure of director and executive producer Amy Seimetz and several cast members. This led to extensive reshoots, with Sam assuming the directorial role for the entire season.
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