Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, is making her small screen debut in HBO’s highly-anticipated original series, The Idol. Created by Sam Levinson, the mastermind behind the critically-acclaimed series Euphoria, and music star Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, The Idol follows the story of Jocelyn, a troubled pop star dealing with a nervous breakdown that derails her last tour. The series charts her journey as she seeks to stage a comeback, helped by Tedros, a self-help guru and Hollywood nightclub manager played by Tesfaye.
The show takes viewers on a wild ride through the “gutters of Hollywood” replete with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. However, the drama has faced some negative reactions from critics, with some alleging that it is “wildly, disgustingly off the rails” after the departure of original director Amy Seimetz.
Eager fans will be pleased to know that Tesfaye has revealed that the show’s soundtrack, titled The Idol Vol. 1, will be released on June 30, with the first single, “Popular,” featuring Madonna and Playboy Carti, dropping on June 2.
The Idol also boasts an impressive cast, including Troye Sivan, Dan Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Jennie Ruby Jane, Mike Dean, Moses Sumney, Rachel Sennott, Ramsey, Suzanna Son, and Hank Azaria.
For those interested in watching The Idol online, the show premieres on Sunday, June 4, at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET on HBO and is available for streaming at the same time on HBO Max. The first season spans six episodes, with each part released weekly. The finale will stream on July 9.
Max streaming plans start at $10 per month for the plan with ads or $16 per month for the ad-free package. Subscribers can save up to 20% with annual billing ($100 to $150 with or without ads, respectively). A new Ultimate ad-free tier is also available for $20 monthly (or $200 per year). This tier allows streaming on four devices at once, 4K Ultra HD resolution, 100 offline downloads, and Dolby Atmos sound.
For those who subscribe to Amazon’s Prime Video or Hulu, The Idol is available for free when they add the Max channel to their subscription. However, a membership to Prime ($15 per month or $139 annually) or the standalone Prime Video service ($9/month) is required in addition to the $16 per month Max add-on fee. Hulu’s base plan is $8 per month, and you can add Max for an additional $16 per month.
AT&T subscribers can get Max for free with select phone, TV, and wireless internet plans. You can learn more about this offer on their website.
Those who choose to cut the cord entirely can still watch HBO with a subscription to DirecTV, which carries the channel and many other premium entertainment, sports, and news networks.
Max subscribers can enjoy access to award-winning series and original shows such as Succession, The Last of Us, Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, Euphoria, The White Lotus, Sex and the City sequel series And Just Like That, Friends, and more.
In addition to these critically acclaimed series, Max also includes Oscar-nominated films such as Elvis and The Banshees of Inisherin, the entire Harry Potter franchise (including the Return to Hogwarts 20th anniversary special), The Matrix Resurrections, and many other movies. Subscribers on the ad-free plan also have the convenience of being able to download content to watch offline and can watch select films in 4K HD quality.
In conclusion, The Idol is a highly-anticipated show that promises to take viewers on a wild and entertaining ride through the “gutters of Hollywood”. With Lily-Rose Depp making her small screen debut and an outstanding cast, this is one show that viewers won’t want to miss. To stream the show online, Max subscribers can choose from several plans that offer the opportunity to enjoy award-winning series, blockbuster movies, and original content, all in one place.