HBO’s The Idol, which gained attention as BLACKPINK’s Jennie‘s first acting project, will conclude earlier than originally scheduled.
Deadline reported on June 26th, stating, “It has emerged that the HBO drama will consist of five episodes in its first season with the season finale airing on Sunday July 2.” The reasons for the show’s shortened run remain unknown.
The Idol depicts a tumultuous love story between a rising pop star and a cult leader set in the backdrop of the Los Angeles music industry. The series generated excitement as it is co-created by renowned American pop star The Weeknd and Euphoria director Sam Levinson. In May, the show had a special out-of-competition screening at Cannes, but it quickly stirred controversy due to its explicit scenes and concerns about its overall quality after its world premiere.
Even after the premiere episode, the drama faced criticism for its excessive nudity and objectification of female figures. Jennie plays backup dancer Dyanne, who is a friend of Jocelyn (played by Lily-Rose Depp) in the show.
Whether the series will be renewed for a second season remains unclear as of now.