Fans of HBO’s “Euphoria” won’t be too elated by the latest news releases from the premium cabler.
Talking to DeadlineHBO drama chief Francesca Orsi said that between productions repeatedly disrupted by the ongoing WGA strike and creator Sam Levinson’s “The Idol” duties, season 3 of the Emmy winner likely won’t air until 2025. This news comes after various reports that the series will resume filming in the summer of 2023. ‘Euphoria’ has been airing since the second season wrapped in February 2022. Zendaya has won two Emmys for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for his role.
“‘Euphoria’ is one that we had started writing in tandem with post-production on ‘Idol,’ but we don’t have countless scripts at this point,” Orsi said. “We can’t start filming, so the delivery of that show – ideally in 2025 – will be determined by when we can pick up with Sam, who is all down at this point and running out of ‘Idol’ posts.”
HBO has seen fewer work stoppages than other channels during the WGA strike, where productions have halted in solidarity with the strikers or seen writers’ rooms closed as the Guild continues to clash with the Alliance of Film and TV Producers . The strike is already in the third week after the start of May 2nd.
Costume designer Heidi Bivens recently spilled the beans during a Vogue interview that “Euphoria” hoped to shoot this June and that the new season would see a possible time jump, adding, “It’s about five years in the future, and I’m not in high school anymore. Dorothy is no longer in Kansas.”
Meanwhile, “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson just premiered his already controversial series “The Idol,” starring Lily-Rose Depp as a pop ingénue caught under the influence of an interpreted cult leader by The Weeknd, who also co-created the show. The first two episodes premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, with Levinson and team defending “The Idol” at the press conference against what they believe are specious claims about the project dating back to a Rolling Stone feature in March on creative chaos on set. “The Idol” it currently sits with a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of a June 4 HBO premiere, just days after the Emmy eligibility cutoff. Early reactions portend another hyper-stylized, sex-and-drugs-filled conversation piece in the vein of “Euphoria,” episodes of which in Season 2 averaged around 16 million viewers a week.