The Weeknd and Sam Levinson’s New HBO Series ‘The Idol’ Looks Even Wilder Than ‘Euphoria’

Not many details about Idolnew HBO series co-created by The Weeknd (who also stars) and Happiness mastermind Sam Levinson, since it was revealed last fall. But that changed on Saturday when Weeknd opened the Met Life stop on the After Hours to Dawn tour with a new 90-second trailer.

From the very first seconds, which speaks of Weeknd and Levinson’s “sick and twisted brains” as a selling point, we’re thrust into a flux of Hollywood excess, centered around a star young pop singer played by Lily-Rose Depp, who develops a romantic relationship with The Weeknd’s character, a self-made businessman who also runs a cult.

The film’s trailer was billed as “Hollywood’s Worst Love Story.” That claim seems clearly supported, with quick clips of e-sex, Spanish-style mansions, cocaine, guns, and vague footage of crowded clubs. Looks like Levinson is doubling down on all the aesthetic passions that have driven Happiness to become one of HBO’s most watched shows.


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Idol has undergone significant changes since the beginning of production. Back in April, Deadline reported that, after filming several episodes, series director Amy Seimetz (Starz’s co-creator) Girlfriend’s experience) and co-star Suzanna Son have left the show, going in a “new creative direction,” according to HBO. Sources told Deadline that The Weeknd was unhappy with the way the show was going, and “[felt] the show leans too much on a ‘female perspective’, focusing more on Lily-Rose Depp’s character than on his own.

Further involvement from Levinson was met with fierce skepticism due to the mixed public reaction to Euphoria’s second season, with outspoken viewers on social media criticizing the amount of nudity of the women, the treatment of their characters, and a less diverse scriptwriter’s office.

Since some episodes of Idol was already filming when the major creative overhaul occurred, it remains unclear whether the series will complete the original seven-episode order from HBO or be cut. The Weeknd and Sam Levinson’s New HBO Series ‘The Idol’ Looks Even Wilder Than ‘Euphoria’

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