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HBO’s ‘The Idol’ Starring The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp Canceled After Season 1

The Idol will not be returning for a second season! The drama series featuring the beloved pop star The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, and Blackpink’s Jennie has been canceled after season 1.

HBO has decided not to order a second season for the controversial series created by Sam Levinson, The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye, and Reza Fahim. Keep scrolling further to find out the reason behind the cancelation of the show The Idol.

 ‘The Idol’ gets canceled by HBO after season 1

The Idol will not be going beyond its first season! For the unversed, HBO’s controversy-ridden series, The Idol revolves around a young pop star named Jocelyn essayed by Lily-Rose Depp, and her complex relationship with a self-help guru and secret cult, Tedros, played by The Weeknd.

A spokesperson for HBO spilled the beans on the show and told Variety, “’ The Idol’ was one of HBO’s most provocative original programs, and we’re pleased by the strong audience response.”

The spokesperson went on to say, “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.”

What is the HBO’s show ‘The Idol’ all about?

The show The Idol which has been created by The Weeknd, Sam Levinson, and Reza Fahim narrates the tale of a pop star, Jocelyn (played by Lily-Rose Depp) who wants to be the greatest singer in America. Things take a turn when she gets entangled with a nightclub owner/cult leader with a sordid past.

The music industry drama stars The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, Blackpink’s Jennie, Troye Sivan, Suzanna Son, and Jane Adams in pivotal roles. It also stars Rachel Sennott, Hank Azaria, Hari Nef, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Dan Levy.

Why did director Amy Seimetz leave ‘The Idol’?

Since the time, HBO’s The Idol was announced, it grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The show saw the light of day earlier this year, in June. The first season of the series concluded with 5 episodes on July 2.

During the making of the show, many changes were made to The Idol, and Amy Seimetz who donned the director’s cap for the project decided to leave the show. At that point in time, it was not revealed why she bid adieu to the series.

According to a report by Deadline, Amy had already directed a couple of episodes that had to be “redone.” It has been shared that The Weeknd was “unhappy with the creative direction of the show.”

Sources close to the media outlet revealed that the whole issue began from the Blinding Lights singer who “felt the show was leaning too much into a ‘female perspective'” with costar Lily-Rose’s character “rather than his own.” Soon after Seimetz’s exit from the show, many crew members also left the drama.

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Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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