BIG news has come for fans and critics of The Idol after just one season.
The HBO show shocked viewers with its multitude of NSFW scenes and controversial topics.
HBO has seemingly cut the first season of The Idol short, with its fifth and final episode due to air on SundayCredit: HBO
Many fans expressed their shock that people were still watching the show, and asked if it could end even soonerCredit: Getty
Now, the network has given an update on The Idol’s future.
“#TheIdol has been confirmed to be 5 episodes long, with the season finale airing this Sunday,” wrote Pop Crave on Twitter.
The TV drama series only made its debut on June 4 this year, and was originally intended to run for six episodes.
However, it seems that the network decided to cut the season short.
On Twitter, social media users voiced mixed opinions about the news, but most seemed celebratory.
“Please make it end,” begged one critic.
Another sarcastically asked: “Can they go shorter?”
“Well… tbh I don’t think the show has a plot or something; I feel like it’s all over the place and it’s just full of sex scenes,” said a third.
One person blasted: “I can’t believe anyone is still watching at this point? lol I gave it two episodes and HAD to stop- have never felt so uncomfortable watching something so damn cringe.”
“THANK YOU! cause that thing was bad,” another critic added.
However, one fan praised: “I hope there is a second season idc I liked this show a looooot!!!!”
Unfortunately for the passionate fan, it has been reported that there may not be a second season of the show.
“This was never meant to be a long-running show. It was always … a limited series,” an insider told Page Six.
However, a source inside HBO argued that there’s still a chance the show could be renewed.
“The door is definitely still open — it’s definitely not a decision [yet],” they claimed.
“At this point, this is normal in our process … we’re only two episodes in.”
LIFE IMITATES ART
On the show, The Weeknd, 33 – real name Abel Tesfaye – plays a cult leader, Tedros, with whom a pop singer falls in love.
One show source claimed that working with The Weeknd when he was in character as Tedros was “not an ideal experience and not one I am eager to repeat.”
Another branded the singer “egomaniacal.”
A New York Times reporter dismissed the show as “a Pornhub-homepage odyssey” starring “Lily-Rose Depp’s areolas,” while entertainment news website The Wrap branded it “luxury sleaze”.
Lily-Rose Depp, 24, who plays pop singer Jocelyn, recently defended the show’s content and spoke positively about her regular sex scenes and nudity in the show.
She explained: “It’s all me. I love doing that kind of work. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with enjoying that kind of work.”
Amid plenty of backlash from viewers at home and from major publications, one insider suggested that a second season of the show wasn’t yet confirmedCredit: HBO
Abel Tesfaye – known professionally as The Weeknd – stars in the show as a cult leader, and crew have slammed his ‘egomaniacal’ behavior behind the scenesCredit: Getty
The Idol has been criticized for its heavy use of nudity and extreme sex scenes, but Lily-Rose Depp, who plays focal star Jocelyn, defended the show and her decision to sign up for the roleCredit: Getty