HBO’s The Idol Is Such A Disaster That It’s Being Canceled After Just Two Episodes?

The Idol is controversial and yet no one's watching, leading fans to speculate it'll soon be canceled.

By Jessica Goudreault | Published

Lily-Rose Depp

There have been rumors circulating online that HBO’s new TV drama The Idol is being canceled after only releasing two episodes. That’s because the show is getting all sorts of bad reviews and negative criticism from viewers and critics alike. But according to Screen Rant, HBO took to Twitter to debunk these rumors saying that they plan to release the rest of the season over the next few weeks, and they may or may not renew the show for a second season.

The new show The Idol centers around Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, who plays a pop star named Jocelyn infatuated with Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye’s character, Tedros. The show is mostly getting negative feedback for the excessive amount of sex and nudity that is portrayed. While this sort of content is usually okay in TV shows, viewers and critics feel that there is far too much in The Idol and that it condones toxic masculinity while taking away from the overall plot.

The controversy around The Idol began when the first two episodes premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it got very negative reviews from big-name critics, including Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The Hollywood Reporter. The criticism and controversy over the show have since spread into the mainstream now that the first two episodes are available to all on HBO. Many viewers are sharing their thoughts on Twitter by poking fun at The Weeknd’s character and shaming the show for its over-sexualization of women.

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The creative minds behind the disastrous TV show include Sam Levinson, The Weeknd, and Reza Fahim. Many people are surprised that Sam Levinson is responsible for helping to create The Idol after his great work on the hit show Euphoria. The director/writer was able to balance the use of sex, drugs, and alcohol in Euphoria in a way that also kept viewers engaged and interested, but it seems like he lost that control with The Idol.

The first episode of The Idol, entitled “Pop Tarts & Rat Tales,” aired on June 4. The episode introduces Jocelyn as she struggles to maintain her positive pop star image after an inappropriate photo of her gets leaked on the internet. She then ends up meeting Tedros at a nightclub, where they instantly have a connection with each other.

The second episode of The Idol, “Double Fantasy,” aired on June 11. During this episode, Jocelyn starts recording a music video for her new song but ends up having a mental breakdown. Her relationship with Tedros is taken to the next level during a 10-minute graphic sex scene which, according to The Weeknd, is supposed to be satire.

The next three episodes, “Daybreak,“Stars Belong to the World,” and “Jocelyn Forever”, will air on June 18, June 25, and July 2, respectively. HBO has not confirmed if there will be a Season 2 of The Idol, but with so much negative feedback from the first season, it would be surprising to see it get renewed for another.