HBO’s ‘The Idol’ will not be returning for a second season

The contentious pornographic mini-series featuring Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), and Lily-Rose Depp was faced with harsh criticism and ended after only five episodes as opposed to the six that were initially planned. Some critics even referred to the show as “torture porn” because of its explicit nature.

It has now been made official that there won’t be a second season of the Sam Levinson, Tesfaye, and Reza Fahim-created television programme. According to an HBO representative, “The Idol” was one of HBO’s most controversial original programmes, and they’re gratified by the significant viewer 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.”

The series concluded earlier than expected, and The Weeknd acknowledged that it had been a “bumpy” road. He posted the following on his Instagram: “The finale”.

“Grateful to share this moment with you all as the season comes to an end. Continue to push the vision no matter how bumpy the journey.”

The programme followed Depp’s pop singer Jocelyn, who had a nervous breakdown and then resorted to Tedros, a self-help guru and cult leader (Abel). In the climax, she confronted Tedros about his attempts to manage her life and career. In spite of the criticism, Lily-Rose Depp defended the sexual content of the program and said it was meant to be “provocative” and “polarising.”

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