The Idol (TV series)

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The Idol
GenreDrama
Created by
Written by
  • Sam Levinson
  • Reza Fahim
  • Joseph Epstein
  • Mary Laws
Directed byAmy Seimetz
Starring
Production
Executive producers
  • Abel Tesfaye
  • Sam Levinson
  • Reza Fahim
  • Joseph Epstein
  • Ashley Levinson
  • Aaron L. Gilbert
  • Nick Hall
Production locationLos Angeles
Production companies
Release
Original networkHBO

The Idol is an upcoming American drama television series created by Abel Tesfaye, Sam Levinson and Reza Fahim. 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. It will star Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp in the leading roles, alongside an ensemble cast consisting of Suzanna Son, Steve Zissis, Troye Sivan, and Juliebeth Gonzalez.[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]

Premise

A self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult enters a complicated relationship with a rising pop idol. Its previous premise followed a female pop singer who starts a romance with an enigmatic Los Angeles club owner who is the leader of a secret cult.[3]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Production

Development

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 Sam Levinson and Reza Fahim.[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]

Casting

Alongside its initial announcement, Tesfaye revealed that he would be starring in the series.[8] On September 29, 2021, Lily-Rose Depp revealed that she will be starring opposite of Tesfaye.[9] 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.[10] On December 2, Juliebeth Gonzalez was cast as a series regular, while Maya Eshet, Tyson Ritter, Kate Lyn Sheil, Liz-Caribel Sierra, and Finley Rose Slater were cast in recurring roles.[11]

Filming

Principal photography began in November 2021 in and around Los Angeles, California.[12]

References

  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. 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. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (December 2, 2021). "'The Idol': HBO's Music Industry Drama Series Adds Six To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (November 22, 2021). "The Weeknd's HBO Drama 'The Idol' Snags Series Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 23, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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