HBO’s ‘Vinyl’ Axed After One Season
TV bosses have scrapped plans for a second season of Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s TV series Vinyl after giving it an early renewal. The rock ‘n’ roll drama, starring Bobby Cannavale as a drug-crazed record label boss in 1970s’ New York, launched on HBO in February, and network bosses were so impressed by the feedback from the first episode they surprisingly decided to order another run.
However, after disappointing ratings, executives announced on Wednesday that they are abandoning plans for a second season and canceling the show. “After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl,” HBO bosses 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.” News of the cancellation comes two months after executive producer Terence Winter was let go from his post on the drama. The Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns and Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein were chosen to revamp the show for the second season, but those plans ultimately fell through. The series had been a long-gestating project for Scorsese and Jagger, whose son James appeared in the show as the frontman of fictitious punk act The Nasty Bits. Vinyl also featured Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, and Jack Quaid, among others.