‘The Idol’ is now only 5 episodes as season finale’s set for Sunday

The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp's The Idol is ending one week earlier than initially thought.

The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp’s The Idol is ending a single week before than to begin with assumed. (Image: Eddy Chen/HBO)

The Idol, HBO’s controversial drama starring Abel “the Weeknd” Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp, is ending a person 7 days earlier than originally prepared, Yahoo Enjoyment has confirmed. The community hasn’t commented, but a source shut to the condition describes that after Euphoria‘s Sam Levinson “took around and designed major alterations,” the story only necessary 5 episodes. HBO initially picked up the clearly show, co-created by Tesfaye and Levinson, as a six-episode collection.

Just one group delighted about the shortened time is the Mom and dad Television and Media Council. In a statement on Monday, the organization named on HBO to cancel the present totally “supplied the program’s intense information — nudity, sexual abuse, torture — that can be dangerous to young viewers.”

The Idol has been marred by drama, each on- and off-monitor.

Studies of difficulties to start with surfaced in April 2022 when Deadline claimed the practically finished clearly show was established to undertake a imaginative overhaul. Original director Amy Seimetz was one particular of individuals who exited. A person resource claimed Tesfaye was disappointed that the sequence was leaning as well considerably into a woman point of view, something he he later on denied. Levinson in the long run took more than as director and even moved into the “Starboy” singer’s mansion.

In March, Rolling Stone released an exposé labeling Levinson’s model as sexual “torture porn.” A dozen members of the cast and crew participated in the report and identified as the rebooted established a “s***show” and claimed the written content was disturbing. When The Idol premiered in Cannes nearly 3 months afterwards, critics mainly agreed.

Following the next episode aired, British GQ declared The Idol “just gave us the worst sexual intercourse scene in historical past.” Esquire named Sunday’s torture scene “a new low” and The Daily Beast proclaimed the episode “the worst 1 still.” Audiences appear to be to agree on one particular issue: some of the scenes with Depp get started out promising, but when Tesfaye enters, matters get quite cringey. Nonetheless, the superstar has managed in different interviews amid the criticism that is all on reason. (“This is just make-believe that,” he informed Range. “It is make-imagine!”)

Though Web page Six noted The Idol would not be renewed for a next time, HBO denied that in a scarce, general public statement.

“It is getting misreported that a determination on a second year of The Idol has been established. It has not, and we look ahead to sharing the upcoming episode with you Sunday evening,” a tweet read very last week.

The closing episode of The Idol airs on Sunday, July 2 on HBO and Max.