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The Weeknd’s controversial HBO series ‘The Idol’ canceled after one season


Lily Rose Depp & The Weeknd on HBO's The Idol

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HBO's show called The Idol, which was made by The Weeknd, got canceled after just one season. Bummer, right?


The people at HBO said that The Idol was a really interesting show and lots of people liked it. But after thinking about it a lot, HBO and the creators decided not to make a second season. They thanked everyone who worked on the show for doing an amazing job.


The Idol was about a pop star named Jocelyn, played by Lily-Rose Depp, who gets involved with a cult leader named Tedros, played by The Weeknd. Even before the show started, people were talking about it because it was controversial. Rolling Stone said that the set was not a good place to be, and they called the show's content "twisted torture."


When the show first came out, lots of people watched it. But as time went on, fewer and fewer people tuned in. The first episode had seven million viewers, but then the numbers went down.


The first season only had five episodes instead of the planned six. People have been wondering what would happen to the show since it ended on July 2. HBO says that the creators didn't have a plan for more than one season, but they kept the possibility open.


The Weeknd made some original music for the show, and it was released as six separate albums. One of the songs, called "Double Fantasy," featuring Future, became a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Another song, called "Popular," featuring The Weeknd, Madonna, and Carti, was Madonna's first song on the Hot 100 chart in eight years. She's only the second woman to have a hit on that chart in five different decades. Pretty cool, huh?

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