HBO’s Vinyl is coming to the UK a little sooner than expected.
Sky Atlantic – who hold exclusive rights to Vinyl out of their long-running output deal with HBO – has announced plans to simulcast the two-hour series premiere of the Mick Jagger produced Rock & Roll drama with HBO’s East Coast feed at 2AM UK time on Monday February 15th, before repeating the episode later that same day in its regularly scheduled 9pm time-slot.
This is, of course, not the first time that Sky Atlantic has opted to simulcast an eagerly anticipated HBO series. Earlier this year, they did the same with the fifth season of HBO’s mega hit Game Of Thrones offering both a 2am simulcast as well as airing new episodes later in the day in a prime-time slot.
Vinyl set in 1970s New York and will explore the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. The drama series, which has received a ten episode order, was created by Terence Winter & George Mastras and is being produced in-house through HBO Originals. The executive producers are Winter, Mastras, Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Terence Winter is the showrunner.
Bobby Cannavale (Third Watch) leads the cast as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of American Century Records who has a great ear for discovering talent, who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Bo Dietl, Armen Garo, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano also star.