Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Weeknd Waves a White Flag on Season 2 of “The Idol”: Already Planting Items That He’s Out, It’s Over


“The Idol” is going to go the way of all things when season 1 is over.

The Weeknd, whose idea this terrible show was, is waving the white flag on Page Six today.

Seeing the horrific response so far, and the low ratings, Abel Tesfaye has planted an item in the NY Post gossip column to the effect that he’s out, the show is cooked.

This is HBO’s way of letting us know this was a failed experiment. There’s no way otherwise that they would have let this item run, and one without a hint of support for them.

This past Sunday, viewership on the main HBO channel was a paltry 135,000 people. This Sunday could be worse.

In the Page Six item, an anonymous source says no one is watching TV anyway. Um, no. The 9pm Sunday slot just previously had “Succession” pulling 650,000 viewers per week. So who were they?

HBO for some reason cannot do a music show. They failed with “Vinyl,” which at least had characters and wasn’t offensive. But “The Idol” is a mistake. The cabler’s best best is to just let it run out and be done with it. They have bigger fish to fry.

As for The Weeknd, “The Idol” has done its damage. He has no singles on the charts, and no albums either. The single from “The Idol.” called “Popular,” is a stiff.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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