'The Idol' Is Officially Over 'After Much Thought and Consideration'

A spokesperson for HBO said the cancellation was a mutual decision with the show's creators and producers.

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The Idol is a one-hit wonder.

HBO confirmed Monday that there will not be a second season for the controversial series, starring Lily-Rose Depp and Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye. A spokesperson for the network tells Deadline that the cancelation was a mutual decision that included The Idol creators Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, and Sam Levinson.

"The Idol was one of HBO’s most provocative original programs, and we’re pleased by the strong audience response," the HBO spokesperson said. "After much thought and consideration, HBO, as well as the creators and producers, have decided not to move forward with a second season. We’re grateful to the creators, cast, and crew for their incredible work."

HBO dismissed a report in June claiming The Idol was done after one season. "This was never meant to be a long-running show, it was always…a limited series," a source told Page Six at the time.

The Weeknd shared a few behind-the-scenes photos following the finale of The Idol last month, along with "continue to push the vision" caption that led people to believe the show was trending toward a second season.

the finale. grateful to share this moment with you all as the season comes to an end. continue to push the vision no matter how bumpy the journey. Jocelyn Forever 🎭 @HBO @StreamOnMax pic.twitter.com/atQLrba4YO

— Abel Tesfaye (@theweeknd) July 3, 2023
Twitter: @theweeknd

According to Deadline, The Idol creators did not have a multi-season arc mapped out heading into the production process, seemingly echoing the previous report from Page Six.

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