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    Why Lily-Rose Depp Starrer ‘The Idol’ Is Ending After Five Episodes?

    ‘The Idol’ did not go as well as people envisioned it. The audience was disappointed that the makers got derailed from their original motive to satirize the twisted music industry. The drama started when director Amy Seimetz left the show and Sam Levinson came on board to helm the project. Along with Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, he created the show, which the audience hated unanimously.

    ‘The Idol’ is the story of a pop star, Jocelyn, who is looking to resurrect her career after a personal tragedy that affected her. While doing so, she meets a mysterious LA club owner, Tedros, who tries to help her tap into her true potential with some painful and sensuous techniques to evoke art. Despite receiving a five-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, the show failed to impress the audience. Now, it has been reduced to only five episodes and is coming to an end a week early.

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    Sam Levinson’s Vision Reduced ‘The Idol’ To Only Six Episodes

    'The Idol' starring Lily Rose-Depp and The Weeknd
    ‘The Idol’ starring Lily Rose-Depp and The Weeknd

    The ‘Rolling Stone’ exposed the narrative treatment of ‘The Idol’ when Sam Levinson came on board as the director. As per the article, “roughly 80 percent of the six-episode series” was finished before the ‘Euphoria’ director came on board. The sources say that the series had six episodes when Amy Seimetz was the director, and the makers submitted it to HBO in November 2021.

    However, when the makers submitted ‘The Idol’ for the Cannes Film Festival, it was listed as a five-episode series. A source told TVLine, “The season ended up being five episodes when it was all said and done after Sam took over and made significant changes. The story only ended up requiring five.”

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    Lily-Rose Depp Feels Therapeutic To Play Out Nudity In The Series

    Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn in the first episode of 'The Idol'
    Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn in the first episode of ‘The Idol’

    Sam Levinson wasted a talent like Lily-Rose Depp’s by hyper-sexualizing her character, Jocelyn. She became a mere object of desire for Tedros. Instead of addressing the dark side of the industry, Sam perpetuated the conventional tropes of it without a character arc. The viewers called out the nudity and nationalization of it in the series.

    However, in an interview with The Sun, Lily said that the nudity in the series felt therapeutic to her. She said, “It’s all me. I love doing that kind of work. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with enjoying that kind of work.”

    The actress continued, “Every outfit and every interaction and every piece of nudity and all those things are very intentional and were really important to me. Maybe this makes me, like, a little twisted. But I feel really good after doing scenes like that because there’s something that feels very therapeutic about it to me — and maybe that’s why I like doing this job.”

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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