Although 2023 started on the right foot for HBO Max with hits like The Last of Us – 97% and the last season of Succession – 98%, an important title is pending for its programming this year. Is about The Idol- 19%the series by Sam Levinson, creator of Euphoria – 80%, which had a significant budget and hopes to dominate the summer. Unfortunately, the first numbers of him are anything but spectacular.
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Produced by A24, the idol is the story of Jocelyn (lily rose depp), a pop singer who falls into the clutches of a sinister businessman whom she plays The Weeknd. In accordance with The Hollywood Reporter, with 913,000 viewers, falls just short of the average for the channel’s less famous releases. Even Euphoria managed to reach 1.1 million viewers in 2019.
Although all is not lost, since generally these numbers increase as the series releases more episodes, we will have to wait before declaring it a failure. After all, both Levinson and The Weeknd they have done their best to try to gain strength through collaborations with famous actors and even figures from the world of music. For example, the singer had a collaboration with Madonna, titled “Popular”, as part of the show’s album.
The reviews have been extremely negative with The Idol- 19%. The main point of contention has been the configuration of the relationship between Jocelyn and her mysterious new beau, who will recruit her into her sect. Previous reports have revealed that the show came close to having moments of explicit sexual violence and in which the female character expressed desires for it.
The show debuted at the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival. At that event, both Levinson and Depp explained that their intention was to denounce the way in which the music industry objectifies and exploits female artists, but critics point out that the series does just that in its way of portraying Jocelyn. . The actress has assured that she never did anything that made her feel uncomfortable on set.
In the same magazine report rolling stones in which the plans for very graphic scenes were revealed, it was detailed that HBO gave Levinson carte blanche and basically allowed him to redo the series because they want to maintain a good relationship with him in preparation for the third season of Euphoria, which has been a ratings success for the channel and the platform.
can the idol conquer summer? There is no other television drama that aims to be the show of the summer. In the field of fantasy and science fiction, perhaps secret invasionthe new Marvel, or the third season of The Witcher- 100% They can steal the public’s attention, but it would be foolish to underestimate the appeal of a series that has caused so much controversy. The show will release a new episode every Sunday.
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