The Idol is a new HBO show starring Lily-Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd). It follows the story of a pop idol who is influenced by a self-help guru after a breakdown caused her to cancel her tour. The show has been criticized for its toxic working conditions. It premiered at Cannes Film Festival and received negative reviews, but it airs on HBO and Max starting June 4, 2023. The show has six episodes, and viewers can watch it online through Max’s ad-supported or ad-free plans, which also offer yearly subscriptions. A free trial is available through Hulu’s HBO Max free trial.
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The Idol stars Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, a pop idol who is influenced by the mysterious self-help guru Tedros (played by Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd) after a breakdown caused her to cancel her tour. The series came under fire after Rolling Stone published an exposé about the toxic working conditions behind the scenes.
The show premiered at Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2023 to a twenty minute applause but received negative reviews. As of writing this, it has a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. Will it deter people form watching the six-episode series?