Cannes: HBO Unveils “The Idol” Starring The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) and Lily Rose Depp in Vulgar, Gross Outsider’s Take on Pop Life


Home Music Cannes: HBO Unveils “The Idol” Starring The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) and Lily…

Imagine if your favorite 4 star restaurant started serving frozen fast food.

HBO is the home of fine dining like Succession and Hacks. Even Euphoria has its moments.

But The Idol is grim, gross, and vulgar. It’s full of preposterous recycled ideas that would be at home on Cinemax, not the HBO we know loves Emmy awards.

Jocelyn is the one name pop tart here. She, like all the characters, is vile. She’s also the victim of vile people like a nightclub owner named Chaim played by The Weeknd with the vigor of a park bench.

Jocelyn is supposed to be a combo of Madonna and Britney Spears.the show uses music and references to those singers to delineate this. But Jocelyn is like warmed over left overs. There’s nothing unique or likeable about her. It’s not Lily Rose Depp’s fault that her characters main traits are pleasuring herself, and also pleasuring men so that sexual fluids are photographed on grr face.


The Idol is pretty much what tabloids think the music biz is, buying into gossip instead of reality. The show feels like soft core porn version of Valley of the Dolls without the wit.

more to come…

-‘the end–


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn’t so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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