Saturday, April 13, 2024

RIP: HBO Cancels “The Idol” After Terrible Ratings and Reviews, The Weeknd Show Won’t Return


HBO has cancelled “The Idol” starring The Weeknd and Lily Rose Depp.

The short lived series garnered terrible ratings and atrocious reviews. Sam Levinson, creator of “Euphoria,” originated this show with The Weeknd.

But the show had problems from the get-go. The original writer left amid accusations of a toxic backstage atmosphere. Levinson replaced her, and amped up all the grim sex scenes. There was also no understanding of the music business, and less about how a pop star would be developed and survive.

What a mess. Levinson will go on to “Euphoria” and other projects. Depp could still have a very good career. But The Weeknd really imperiled his pop star career. He released a lot of bad music no one wanted, and his participation in those sex scenes revealed that he couldn’t — and shouldn’t — do any more acting.

HBO, meantime, has plenty of terrific shows like “The Gilded Age” coming up on its 2nd season. They would be smart just to put “The Idol” in a drawer somewhere– no streaming. Just forget it.

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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