Since the beginning of the year, HBO has become the favorite channel for users on Sundays with its series ‘The Last Of Us’ and recently with ‘Succession’ and ‘Barry’. However, upon completion of those stories, the company is challenged to fill that void with a high-quality series.
The tough challenge of sustaining that level will be at the hands of ‘The Idol‘, the series developed by Sam Levinson, creator of ‘Euphoria’, and which marks The Weeknd’s debut as an actor, producer and even screenwriter.
The series has had a complicated production and a controversial debut at the Cannes Film Festival due to its excesses of explicit scenes in its first and second episodes.
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What is The Idol about?
The series will narrate the path that leads a young female pop star to fall in love with the owner of one of the most exclusive clubs in Los Angeles.
The official synopsis is as follows:
‘The Idol, set against the backdrop of the music industry, centers on a self-help guru and modern cult leader who develops a complicated relationship with a rising pop idol.’
The series starring the Canadian singer and lily rose depp It has gone through many setbacks in recent months, where criticism is added from the internal recording team that describes it as “a toxic man’s rape fantasy.”
The story, which is marketed as a darker, wilder and more spicy version of ‘Euphoria’, puts its director, Sam Levinson, in the eye of the storm for overloading the series with sexual scenes.
In a Rolling Stone report, more than a dozen members of the team behind the series were interviewed, calling the story “Torture porn.”
Controversial debut in Cannes
In the midst of so many controversies during its production, the series premiered its first two episodes at the Cannes Film Festival, generating even more controversy.
Despite earning a solid five minutes of standing applause from the audience, the criticism it has received in various specialized media reiterated the explicit nudity in prolonged stretches of the story.
“Revenge porn photos of bodily fluids on Depp’s face, masturbation with ice cubes, con artists, nightclub owners and vile Hollywood sycophants populated the first two episodes of the already controversial series,” Variety review of the series starring Depp. The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Deep.