Currently titled “The Idol,” the series follows a pop singer who begins a love affair with an enigmatic LA club owner who is the leader of a secret cult.
The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, will be co-writer and executive producer with Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson, all of whom are credited as the show’s creators. Joseph Epstein will also serve as a screenwriter and executive producer in addition to serving as a showrunner. Mary Laws will write and co-produce. Levinson will be executive producer via Little Lamb with Ashley Levinson and Kevin Turen. Aaron L. GIlbert will be the executive producer via Bron Studios. Wassim “SAL” Slaiby and La Mar C. Taylor will be co-executive producers.
It wouldn’t be The Weeknd’s first time writing for television. He wrote and starred in an episode of the cult animated series “American Dad” on TBS in 2020. He also played himself in the critically acclaimed film “Uncut Gems” opposite Adam Sandler.
He is best known for his many musical accomplishments, including the recent release of the album “After Hours” and the Super Bowl LV halftime show. “After Hours” has amassed 7 billion audio and video streams worldwide, half of the single “Blinding Lights”. This is one of 44 platinum or gold songs or albums he’s been involved with.
He is replaced by Slaiby at SALXCO, CAA and Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.
Sam Levinson previously created the hit series “Euphoria,” which debuted on HBO in 2019. The show won several Emmy nominations for its first season, including a victory for star Zendaya for Best Actress in a drama. A second season is on the way, with two one-hour specials being scrapped in December and January.
He is replaced by WME, Stuart Manashil and Sloss Law.