The Idol is definitely one of HBO’s most talked-about shows of 2023, but not all press is good press. Despite creating a lot of commotion, Sam Levinson’s provocative drama starring Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd has been canceled after a single season on HBO.
HBO announced the show’s cancelation in the official statement, and said they’ve decided not to move forward with the second season “after much thought and consideration”.
“The Idol was one of HBO’s most provocative original programs, and we’re pleased by the strong audience response… We’re grateful to the creators, cast, and crew for their incredible work,” reads HBO’s statement.
The Idol centers on aspiring pop singer Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), who’s trying to salvage what’s left of her career after a nervous breakdown that led to the cancelation of her last tour. Her fragile state is only made worse once the sinister nightclub owner (The Weeknd) walks into her life.
The star-studded supporting cast of The Idol includes Troye Sivan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dan Levy, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Jennie Ruby Jane, Mike Dean, Moses Sumney, Rachel Sennott, Suzanna Son, and Hank Azaria. The show had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this spring before heading to HBO in June.