The HBO show ‘The Idol‘ has become the worst-rated HBO show of all time. Created by Sam Levinson, the series made its debut with its first two episodes at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2023.
Currently, ‘The Idol’ holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has been met with critical reviews regarding its execution. A top critic described the show as grim, gross, and vulgar, filled with recycled and ludicrous ideas as well as explicit content. According to reports, Lily-Rose Depp gave a highly sexualized performance that is also grounded and often vulnerable, discomfitingly addressing the fine lines between sex and art, power, and exploitation that have faced young women in the music industry for years.
Levinson, the creator of ‘The Idol,’ recently responded to questions regarding the portrayal of female sexuality in the series, addressing whether it was revolutionary or crossed certain boundaries. In his statement at Cannes 2023, Levinson stated, “Sometimes things that might be revolutionary are taken too far.” Levinson also confirmed at Cannes that ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The Idol’ take place in the same universe.
The Idol focuses on Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), an aspiring pop idol who, after having a nervous breakdown that causes her last tour to be canceled, resolves to reclaim her title as the sexiest pop star in America and begins a complex relationship with Tedros (Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye), a self-help guru and the head of a contemporary cult.
The show stars Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn and Abel Tesfaye as Tedros as the main leads, alongside Suzanna Son, Troye Sivan, Moses Sumney, Jane Adams, Dan Levy, Jennie Ruby Jane, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennott, Hari Nef, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Mike Dean, Ramsey, and Hank Azaria. It is also confirmed that Alexa Demie will make a cameo as Maddy Perez from “Euphoria.” She will appear as a woman at the club where Jocelyn and Tedros meet.
‘The Idol’ will premiere on HBO on June 4, 2023.
- Title: The Idol
- Created by: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, and Sam Levinson
- Cast: Lily-Rose Depp, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Suzanna Son, Troye Sivan, Moses Sumney, Jane Adams, Dan Levy, Jennie Ruby Jane, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennott, Hari Nef, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Mike Dean, Ramsey, and Hank Azaria.
- Streaming Platform: HBO
- Release Date: Premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2023, and Scheduled to air on HBO on June 4, 2023
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