Following numerous reports claiming that The Idol, which is the brainchild of Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, would not return for a second season, HBO shared a statement from their official PR social accounts noting that several outlets reported this news incorrectly.
“It is being misreported that a decision on a second season of The Idol has been determined,” read a tweet. “It has not, and we look forward to sharing the next episode with you Sunday night.”
It is being misreported that a decision on a second season of The Idol has been determined. It has not, and we look forward to sharing the next episode with you Sunday night.
— HBO PR (@HBOPR) June 15, 2023
At the time of writing, only two episodes of The Idol have aired, however, the reception hasn’t fared well.
A British GQ review called a sex scene in the second episode “the worst sex scene in history.”
In an interview with American GQ, The Weeknd noted that this particular scene was supposed to be unsexy.
“How ever you’re feeling watching that scene, whether it’s discomfort, or you feel gross, or you feel embarrassed for the characters,” he said. “It’s all those emotions adding up to: This guy is in way over his head, this situation is one where he is not supposed to be here.”
The Idol airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. Episodes are also available for streaming on Max.