(Deadline) HBO has changed course on Vinyl. The 1970s rock n roll drama had been renewed for a second season with a new showrunner, Scott Z. Burns, replacing co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Terence Winter. Now the premium cable network has decided not to go with Season 2 of the series, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl,” HBO said in a statement. “Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.
Vinyl has been a disappointment, a big-budget series from A-list auspices and a star cast that had underperformed. “Vinyl didn’t launch in the way we were hoping it would; it’s disappointing, but it happens,” HBO’s outgoing head of programming Michael Lombardo told Deadline last month.
So HBO did something out of the norm and cancelled one of their shows after the first season then did something even more rare by picking it up for a second season only for that to change a couple days ago. If you are not familiar with the subject matter of the show it is about a record label in New York during the 70’s. A ride through the sex and drug ridden music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra. Played in bombastic fashion by Bobby Cannavale. If you enjoy history , and the music of that time I highly suggest you watch it. Since I’m too young to have grown up in that time it was fun to see how the world used to be and how music became embedded in our culture especially with emergence of new genres that you get to see from its infancy with the birth of hip hop. I haven’t seen an atmosphere of a show recreated so well in awhile.
It never gained the numbers to justify a second season but I do feel that show was gaining momentum towards the end of the first season, around episode 5 or 6 particularly with . Since the show is gone here are some of the most memorable moments from the lone season.
and my personal favorite to close it out
I’m bummed to see it go because I would have loved to see more of what this last clip had to show and where they would follow the beginning of hip hop and discoveries along the way. It really would have been interesting to see what they could have done with HBO’s budget. I hope this was enough to get you hooked on a good show that won’t take long to finish.
PS. Ray Ramono crushes it