Friday, May 24, 2024

HBO Cutting Its Losses on The Idol? Series Ends This Sunday One Episode Short of Original Order


UPDATE: HBO says when Levinson took over the show, they changed the order from six to five episodes. He was able to tell the story in a more economic way. It’s the first case I’ve ever heard of a showrunner asking for fewer episodes. They always want one more. Regardless, “The Idol” is so unwelcome, let’s hope this is it. Levinson has to get back to “Euphoria,” a great show.

Earlier: HBO is putting “The Idol” out of its misery a week early.

The Sam Levinson-The Weeknd series was announced as six episodes when the deal was signed. But viewers heard right last night when it was announced that this Sunday would be the end. That’s just five episodes.

Last week’s installment got only 133K viewers on the HBO main channel. We’ll know tomorrow what happened this past Sunday.

“The Idol” was the subject of a lot of infighting during production.  here was a major creative dispute when the show was being filmed. Director Amy Seimetz left after three episodes, probably because she saw the disgusting direction of this barely watchable porn fest. Also, she probably clashed with The Weeknd, who cannot act.

Last night’s episode was again one notch lower than the previous one as far as taste, focusing on sexual torture. Troy Sivan’s character, Xander, was placed in a remote control shock collar by The Weeknd’s maniacal Tedros. He was tied up, then treated to a lascivious sponge bath by Tedros’s assistant, then flipped over on his stomach.

Viewers expressed their dismay on Twitter.

So the end is near. And hopefully that’s it. No more “Idol.” Never to be discussed again.

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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