HBO Reverses Course, Cancels ‘Vinyl’ After One Season

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VinylHBO is doing a 180.

Several months after announcing they had picked up the series for a second season, the network has instead opted to cut their losses and have cancelled music industry drama Vinyl after one low-rated season, TVWise has learned.

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl”, the network 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”.

HBO had high hopes for Vinyl – which hailed from heady auspices which included co-creators Terence Winter and George Mastras, and executive producer Mick Jagger. But the series proved to be something of a failure, with critics panning the two-hour premiere, and the first season failed to find an audience, with ratings hovering around 600K viewers.

Even so, at the time the network, under former President of Programming Michael Lombardo, picked up a second season, based on little more than a strong belief in the project and creators. Showrunner Terence Winter was the rather abruptly let go from the production, with Scott Z. Burns being drafted in as replacement with a mandate to shake things up in season two.

Burns never got a chance to do that and word is that the decision to cancel the series, made by new President of Programming Casey Bloys, had nothing to do with the new creative direction of the show. This is the latest move made by Bloys as he puts his mark on the network and comes shortly after he picked up the Bill Hader comedy pilot Barry to series.

Vinyl, set in 1970s New York, explored 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 cast includes Bobby Cannavale 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.