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The Idol (TV series)

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The Idol
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Abel Tesfaye
  • Reza Fahim
  • Sam Levinson
  • Joseph Epstein
  • Ashley Levinson
  • Aaron L. Gilbert
  • Nick Hall
Production locationsLos Angeles, California
Production companies
Original networkHBO

The Idol is an upcoming American drama television series created by Abel Tesfaye, Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson for HBO. Set against the backdrop of the music industry, the series will be focusing on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult who enters a complicated relationship with a rising pop idol. Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp are set to star in the leading roles, with Debby Ryan, Steve Zissis, Troye Sivan, and Juliebeth Gonzalez appearing as supporting characters.[1] Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Elizabeth Berkley, Nico Hiraga, Anne Heche, Maya Eshet, Tyson Ritter, Kate Lyn Sheil, Liz Caribel Sierra, and Finley Rose Slater will appear in recurring roles.[2]


A self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult (Abel Tesfaye) enters a complicated relationship with a rising pop idol (Lily-Rose Depp).[3]

Cast and characters



Celebrity cameos



When the multi-talented Abel 'The Weeknd' Tesfaye, Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson brought us 'The Idol,' it was clear their subversive, revelatory take on the cult of the music industry was unlike anything HBO had ever done before. Shortly after, the brilliant duo of Joe Epstein and Amy Seimetz joined forces with the rest of the team, and this dream became a reality.

— Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming[4]

On June 29, 2021, Abel Tesfaye announced that he would be creating, executive producing and co-writing a drama series for HBO alongside Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson.[5] On the same day, Ashley Levinson and Joseph Epstein were announced as executive producers for the series, with Epstein also serving as a writer and the series' showrunner. Mary Laws was also announced as a writer and will serve as the co-executive producer, alongside Tesfaye's co-manager Wassim Slaiby and his creative director La Mar Taylor.[6]

On November 22, 2021, HBO gave the production a series order for the first season consisting of six episodes. Alongside the series order, Amy Seimetz revealed that she will direct all six episodes.[1] On January 14, 2022, Deadline Hollywood reported that Nick Hall joined the production as an executive producer, following his move to A24 to oversee creative for the company's television slate.[7] On April 26, 2022, it was announced that Seimetz had left the project.[8]


Alongside its initial announcement, Tesfaye revealed that he would be starring in the series.[9] On September 29, 2021, Lily-Rose Depp revealed that she will be starring opposite of Tesfaye.[10] On November 22, Suzanna Son, Steve Zissis, and Troye Sivan joined the main cast, while Melanie Liburd, Tunde Adebimpe, Elizabeth Berkley, Nico Hiraga and Anne Heche joined the cast as recurring characters.[11] On December 2, Juliebeth Gonzalez was cast as series regular, while Maya Eshet, Tyson Ritter, Kate Lyn Sheil, Liz Caribel Sierra and Finley Rose Slater were cast in recurring roles.[12] On April 27, 2022, it was announced that Son would leave the cast amid a creative overhaul of the series. Debby Ryan is expected to replace Son.[13]


Principal photography began in November 2021 in and around Los Angeles, California.[14] Production was temporarily paused in April 2022 due to Tesfaye co-headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[15] On April 25, Variety reported that the show will be reworked and will undergo significant reshoots with changes to its cast and crew due to a change in creative directions.[16]


  1. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (November 22, 2021). "The Weeknd's HBO Series 'The Idol' Gets Greenlight, Adds Eight to Cast Including Troye Sivan and Anne Heche". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  2. ^ Zemler, Emily (November 24, 2021). "The Weeknd's HBO Series 'The Idol' Casts Troye Sivan, Tunde Adebimpe". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 17, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Nemetz, Dave (June 29, 2021). "The Weeknd to Star in, Co-Create HBO Cult Drama From Euphoria Creator". TVLine. Retrieved January 17, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Maas, Jennifer (November 22, 2021). "The Weeknd's Cult Drama 'The Idol' From 'Euphoria' Creator Ordered at HBO". Yahoo!. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  5. ^ White, Peter (June 29, 2021). "The Weeknd To Star In & Write Pop Singer Cult Drama Series 'The Idol' With Sam Levinson In The Works At HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 23, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 29, 2021). "The Weeknd to Star in, Co-Write Cult Series in the Works at HBO With 'Euphoria' Creator". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2022). "Nick Hall Joins A24 To Oversee Creative For TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  8. ^ White, Peter (April 26, 2022). "'The Idol': Director Amy Seimetz Exits Amid Overhaul Of HBO Drama Series". Deadline Hollywod. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  9. ^ Mamo, Heran (June 29, 2021). "The Weeknd to Star In & Co-Write New HBO Series With 'Euphoria' Creator". Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 29, 2021). "Lily-Rose Depp Joins The Weeknd In 'The Idol' Drama Series In Works At HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "The Weeknd's HBO Series The Idol Casts Troye Sivan and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe". Pitchfork. November 23, 2021. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (December 2, 2021). "'The Idol': HBO's Music Industry Drama Series Adds Six To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  13. ^ White, Peter (April 27, 2022). "'The Idol': Suzanna Son Not Returning To HBO Drama Series Amid Creative Overhaul". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  14. ^ Holmes, Martin. "HBO Picks Up The Weeknd's Drama 'The Idol' For Full Series, Adds 8 To Cast". TV Insider. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  15. ^ "Inside the Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia's very last-minute Coachella collab". Los Angeles Times. April 14, 2022. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  16. ^ Hailu, Selome (April 25, 2022). "The Weeknd's HBO Drama Series 'The Idol' to Undergo Significant Reshoots". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2022.

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