Abel Tesfaye, popularly known as The Weeknd, has seen immense success in the music industry, smashing streaming records and even earning Guinness World Records. However, his foray into television has not been as successful. According to Deadline, HBO has cancelled his original series, The Idol.
HBO released a statement regarding the decision, stating that The Idol was one of their most provocative original programs and had garnered a strong audience response. Despite this, the network, along with the creators and producers, decided not to proceed with a second season. The network expressed gratitude to the creators, cast, and crew for their hard work.
Prior to the show’s release, rumors about it had already turned many fans away. The Weeknd publicly addressed the criticism and defended the series online against negative comments. Unfortunately, these efforts were fruitless as The Idol received the lowest rating on Rotten Tomatoes for any HBO series ever.
The Weeknd later discussed the “bumpy journey” leading up to the show’s finale. Other actors featured in the series, including Blackpink’s Jennie, Troye Sivan, and Lily-Rose Depp, have not yet made any public statements.