[HBO] The Idol Season 1 Episode Guide, Release Date, Cast, Plot & Trailer

Introducing “The Idol” – a gripping American drama series crafted by the talented minds of Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Reza Fahim, and Sam Levinson. In the upcoming series, viewers can expect to see a thrilling depiction of drugs, cash, and club scenes. The trailers offer a tantalizing glimpse into the world of the show, with hints of a possible orgy and unsafe behavior in a moving convertible. And of course, the series will not shy away from portraying the pervasive presence of drugs. According to Francesca Orsi, the executive vice president of HBO programming, the series offers a subversive and revelatory perspective on the music industry’s cult-like nature. HBO’s “The Idol,” the highly anticipated premiere is just around the corner. Check out details of The Idol to get a better idea of the new series at www.tvacute.com.

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The Idol Season 1 Release Date

Mark your calendars for the highly-anticipated premiere of The Idol, airing Sunday, June 4th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Coming soon to HBO and streaming on Max.

HBO’s The Idol Plot

In The Idol, we follow the journey of Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), a pop star attempting to make a comeback after a mental breakdown. The show is intentionally sensational and gritty, with characters discussing their desire to create massive, provocative hits and engaging in questionable behavior such as locking intimacy coordinators in closets. The dialogue is often exaggerated, with lines like “Can’t we just let people indulge in sex, drugs, and hot girls?” adding to the show’s overall edginess. In this thrilling drama, The Weeknd takes on the role of a charismatic cult leader and self-help guru who becomes romantically involved with rising pop sensation Jocelyn, portrayed by Depp. The pair’s relationship is anything but smooth sailing, as they navigate the ups and downs of their tumultuous connection.

The Idol Season 1 Episode Guide

The first season of the show will consist of six episodes, thanks to HBO‘s series order.  In the premiere episode, Depp is frequently seen without a shirt, while the show features numerous references to controversial cult filmmakers like Paul Verhoeven and Gaspar Noé. The initial reception of the first two episodes at Cannes earlier this month was less than favorable, with critics labeling it as a “toxic man’s fantasy.” At one point, its Rotten Tomatoes rating was a rare 9%, but it has since climbed to 25%.

The Idol Episode 1 Pop Tarts and Rat Tales  releases on June 4, 2023
Synopsis: As Jocelyn preps for her triumphant return, a leaked photo sends her team into crisis mode – just as a journalist arrives to do an in-depth profile on her. Later, Jocelyn has a chance encounter with nightclub owner Tedros.

The Idol Episode 2 Double Fantasy debuts on June 11, 2023
Synopsis: After clashing with her team over her album’s first single, Jocelyn pushes herself to the limit on the set of her new music video, while Nikki sees potential in backup dancer Dyanne. Later, Tedros introduces Jocelyn and Leia to Izaak and Chloe from his inner circle.

The Idol Episode 3 Daybreak airs on June 18, 2023
Synopsis:  As Tedros inserts himself into Jocelyn’s life by offering input on her wardrobe and collaborators, Leia brings her growing concerns to Chaim and Destiny. But when her team suddenly begins to soften toward Tedros, Jocelyn becomes even more emotionally tethered to him.

The Idol Episode 4 Used and Abused releases on June 25, 2023
The Idol Episode 5 Tight Girl debuts on July 2, 2023
The Idol Episode 6 Tedros Comes debuts on July 9, 2023

The Idol Season 1 Cast

Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn
Abel Tesfaye as Tedros
Troye Sivan as Xander
Moses Sumney as Izaak
Suzanna Son as Chloe
Jane Adams as Nikki Katz
Jennie Ruby Jane as Dyanne
Ramsey as Herself
Rachel Sennott as Leia
Melanie Liburd as Jenna
Hari Nef as Talia, a Vanity Fair writer
Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Destiny including Guest Cast; Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez

The Idol Season 1 Trailer

On May 30, HBO dropped the first complete trailer for the upcoming series featuring the talented Lily-Rose Depp and the renowned musician, Abel Tesfaye (also known as The Weeknd). In the trial, the focus is on the intense romance brewing between Jocelyn and Tedros. However, there are concerns from those close to Jocelyn that Tedros may be manipulating her thoughts.

Ahead of its TV premiere on June 4th, the show has released new footage. In May, the series made its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

This season’s most talked-about television program was The Idol, stirring up quite a bit of controversy. Recently, Rolling Stone ran a contentious piece about the making of “The Idol.” The story said that once Levinson took over as director, the production got unruly. Levinson’s creative process was attacked by the cast and crew, who pointed to setbacks such as rewrites and reshoots as examples. It has been said that Levinson diluted the show’s message by increasing unsettling sexual content and nudity. Amy Seimetz, the film’s first director, had her own set of problems highlighted in the piece.

On April 21st, Abel Tesfaye dropped the debut track titled “Double Fantasy” from the show’s soundtrack. Incorporating imagery from the series, the music video for the song also showcases the talents of Future. On April 17, HBO dropped a tantalizing teaser trailer for the series, featuring the iconic Britney Spears track “Gimme More.” However, the trailer has since been taken down from YouTube.

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Olivia Wilson is the senior news writer for TV Acute. She spends too much money on collectables and is enamored with movies, comics, and television series. She loves binge-watching and can spend hours talking about movies and TV shows. She can immerse herself into a good story no matter the genre or form and only come out from it when she's had her fill. When she's not writing, she's probably cooking or exploring new places. You can follow her daily exploits on Twitter and Facebook.

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