Why HBO axed The Idol? Everything about Lily-Rose Depp & The Weeknd's series

The Idol will not be returning for a second season as HBO has axed Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd starrer series.

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The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp starrer series The Idol which was first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 was subjected to criticism over nudity. Fans had slammed the makers of The Idol and even the actors for spreading unnecessary nudity and even did not like the plot of the story much. In fact, HBO also came under the scanner of fans which is quite rare for the streaming giant that has produced shows like Game of Thrones, House of The Dragon, etc. The controversy and criticism were so intense that The Idol ended one episode prior. This left fans wondering whether The Idol will return with a season 2 or not. Now, it has been confirmed that The Idol Season 2 won't be happening as HBO has canceled the show. Below is reason behind it-

As per a US media report, The Idol will not be returning for a second season. HBO and Sky Atlantic viewers were left gobsmacked by the five-part show, which featured graphic and abusive sex scenes.The report quoted an HBO Spokesperson saying, "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 to move forward with a second season. We’re grateful to the creators, cast, and crew for their incredible work." It is pertinent to mention here that many viewers have mocked "The Idol" on social media, making fun of the show's embarrassing moments and gross scenes, in addition to receiving unfavorable reviews from other critics. Many people have anticipated the show will be cancelled after its initial run because of these factors.

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The Idol was created by Sam Levinson, Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), and Reza Fahim, the series starcast include- Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye as Tedros, Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Destiny, Jane Adams as Nikki, Dan Levy as Jocelyn's Publicist, Jennie Ruby Jane as Dyanne, Moses Sumney as Izaak and more in the leading roles. The Weekend starrer series was released on Jio Cine in India on June 4, 2023. Before its streaming, it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023.