With the end of Succession, a new contender for the coveted Sunday night HBO spot has entered the ring. After months of controversy, Sam Levinson’s The Idol premieres on June 4. The show stars Lily-Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd.
Levinson has been praised for his hit HBO show Euphoria, starring Zendaya, but The Idol was met with bad reviews after debuting at Cannes Film Festival in May. There were rumors of toxic conditions on set from Levinson, and Depp said she avoided Tesfaye when he was “in character.”
Depp plays a pop star named Jocelyn who is wildly famous, but experiences a mental breakdown and feels the need to reinvent herself. She meets a self-help coach named Tedros, played by Tesfaye, who does not seem to have her best interests at heart. The show reportedly contains some very graphic sexual imagery that is particularly disturbing in how it treats Depp’s character. Will viewers still be tuning in? Here’s how, if you’re interested.
What time do The Idol episodes start streaming?
The Idol is available to watch on HBO, as well as their streaming service Max. Episodes come out at 9 pm.
When does the next episode of The Idol season 1 come out?
The show premieres on Sunday, June 4 on HBO, and will stream on Max, at 9 pm. The show is a six episode miniseries, which will be released weekly in traditional cable fashion and be available to stream the same day. Here are the release dates and three episode titles so far.
- Episode 1: “Pop Tarts & Rat Tales” Streaming on June 4th, 2023
- Episode 2: “Double Fantasy” Streaming on June 11th, 2023
- Episode 3: “Daybreak” Streaming on June 18th, 2023
- Episode 4: Streaming on June 25th, 2023
- Episode 5: Streaming on July 2nd, 2023
- Episode 6: Streaming on July 9th, 2023
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.