Canadian singer, and songwriter, The Weeknd and Sam Levinson’s HBO series titled The Idol has been canceled after one season.
According to the Variety report, “The series, ’The Idol’ was one of HBO’s most provocative original programs, and we’re pleased by the strong audience response,” said a spokesperson for HBO. “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 decision to cancel the series was made recently after a lack of clarity for both viewers and cast members about whether the series had the potential to continue. In an interview with Variety, star Moses Sumney said that he signed on thinking it was a limited series, while star Da’Vine Joy Randolph told Variety she thought “everyone’s intention [was] to have a second season.”
Earlier this summer, The five-episode Season 1 series was released, with stars of the show later giving conflicting accounts of whether or not there were plans for another season. The show featured the Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, Moses Sumney, Troye Sivan, Blackpink’s Jennie, and more, plus an original soundtrack from the Weeknd.
“The Idol” was poorly received, with a 19% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It premiered with 913,000 viewers 17% fewer than the 2019 launch of “Euphoria.” Episode 2 fell to 800,000 viewers on its first night.