While HBO Max keeps trying to get people to accept their rebrand of “Max” (never gonna happen), Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, and Sam Levinson are crossing their fingers and hoping for the same with their controversial new show The Idol (also probably not gonna happen). The series hasn’t even been released yet but already has a 25 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes after being branded as a torture porn nightmare. So The Weeknd figured he’d sweeten the deal by getting the Queen of Pop, Madonna, to feature in one of the show’s tracks, “Popular,” and dropped the song only days before the June 4th release of The Idol.
HBO Max, I Mean, “Max,” Released A Teaser Trailer For “The Batman” Spin-Off Series “The Penguin” Starring Colin Farrell
Yesterday, Warner Bros. Discovery officially announced that next month, HBO Max will merge with Discover Plus and become just MAX. That is a smart branding move since they’re erasing a brand name (HBO) that most people know well and replacing it with the name of every other neighborhood dog on your block. Max will launch on May 13th, and prices will range from $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year for a subscription with ads to $19.99 a month or $199.99 a year for the ultimate 4k ad-free subscription. Max (ugh, that name) also announced new shows, including that Harry Potter series, and served up trailers for their upcoming shows. That includes a little teaser for Matt Reeves’ The Batman spin-off series The Penguin, starring Colin Farrell continuing to fight the hot under forty-five tons of wrinkly prosthetics.