The Idol

The Idol

1 Seasons

Coming soon

HBO Max

Fall

Synopsis

L.A. club owner Tedros is more than he seems. Aside from keeping the clientele drinking and dancing till the early hours, the mysterious mogul is hiding something. While some know him as the money man at the club, others know him as their cult leader and self-help guru. He wields an unusual style of power over people in L.A. When he meets the rising pop star, Jocelyn the two turn a bourgeoning romance into a raunchy affair that tests their boundaries. Fresh from a near career-ending nervous breakdown on her last tour, Jocelyn is determined to make a comeback. Sexier and more provocative than ever, the only way to make it to the top of the industry is for Jocelyn to do others wouldn't.

What to know

The Idol is an upcoming drama television series. It is co-created by award-winning musician The Weeknd, Sam Levinson of Euphoria fame, and Reza Fahim. The Idol is an HBO program that will run for six episodes and marks the television debut of The Weeknd who executive produces and acts in it. He plays opposite Lily-Rose Depp who portrays rising sex symbol and pop icon, Jocelyn. The series is not short on musical cameos including Jennie Kim from K-Pop group Blackpink, alternative multi-instrumentalist Moses Sumney and the legendary producer, engineer, and songwriter Mike Dean.

The first season of The Idol has undergone large shifts in creative direction. Directors have changed and new cast members have been brought in for extensive reshoots throughout the project. Much of its production has also revolved around the schedule of The Weeknd who has been performing a variety of tours and shows throughout filming and after.

Where to stream

The Idol Season 1 can be streamed exclusively on HBO Max upon its release. Due to reshoots of large portions of the show, it has no set release date.

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • June 29, 2021: The first announcement for the show is made. It confirms the creative team behind The Idol will be headed by pop icon The Weeknd who stars, co-writes and executive produces the show. Sam Levinson creator of the HBO smash hit Euphoria is signed on as co-creator.(Source: Deadline)
  • September 29, 2021: Lily-Rose Depp signs on as the lead of the series, playing opposite The Weeknd. She is confirmed to be playing the pop singer at the center of the story. (Source: Deadline)
  • November 23, 2021: New cast members are confirmed including Suzanna Son, Melanie Liburd, Steve Zissis, and Anne Heche amongst others. HBO is confirmed to have ordered the series with Amy Seimetz set to direct all six episodes. (Source: Collider)
  • April 26, 2022: Director Amy Seimetz left the project and the series underwent a complete creative overhaul. Sam Levinson takes over directing duties on the show.(Source: Collider)
  • July 17, 2022: The first trailer for the series is released setting a stylistic and sexy, bordering on sleazy, tone. Filming wrapped on the same day as the trailer release. (Source: Collider)
  • July 20, 2022: Jennie from the K-Pop group Blackpink joins the cast in an undisclosed role.(Source: Collider)
  • August 21, 2022: The latest trailer indicates the antagonistic relationship between Lily-Rose Depp’s character, Jocelyn, and the freshly cast Jennie Kim portraying Anys. The trailer also confirms the casting of indie darling Moses Sumney and YouTube sensation Troye Sivan. (Source: Collider)

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